Snoopy Bowl has significance in 2017
By Michael Pallas
Circle your calendars for the Snoopy Bowl between the New York Jets and New York Giants on August 27, 2017. It will go a long way in deciding the direction the Jets will take this upcoming season.
The annual tilt between the New York Jets and Giants at MetLife Stadium will be very big for Gang Green. In general, preseason NFL games are like the show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, and in that show, Drew Carey used to open the show and call it, “The game where everything is made up and the points don’t matter.” Well, preseason games are where the playbooks are dry and the games don’t matter, usually.
Of course, the big elephant in the room all revolves around the quarterback. It’s a process that might take several weeks before clarity hits the most important position on the team.
Head coach Todd Bowles told Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com that evaluating the quarterbacks is a long process:
“It’s an evaluation process guys. I’m not sitting here looking at the quarterbacks every day,” Bowles said. “I’m looking at the entirety of the team and I get the film, and then we evaluate everybody. It’s going to be a process. The next two weeks or so as we get the offense in and it clears up for everybody, it’ll start to take care of itself.”
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The Snoopy Bowl is in Week 3 of the preseason, which is often referred to as the “dress rehearsal” week.
That means August 27 is an important date in the quarterback competition. Generally speaking, Week 3 of the preseason, the starters and rotation look a lot like it will in Week 1 of the regular season.
So, we will see where the quarterback competition leads by then. If Christian Hackenberg starts, then we will know the Jets want to see where his progression has taken him. If Josh McCown starts, we know the franchise has no faith in either of their young guys to start the season.
This year, it’s all about the Snoopy Bowl. Be sure to tune in!