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New York Daily News roasts 'dumpster fire' Giants, Jets in latest sports cover

New York Daily News roasts 'dumpster fire' Giants, Jets in latest sports cover

The incompetence of the New York Giants and New York Jets will be on full display Sunday afternoon when these two teams square off at MetLife Stadium in one of the least watchable games of the Week 11 NFL schedule.

The back pages of the New York tabloids already are having fun with the matchup, including this sports section cover from the New York Daily News labeling Sunday's game as "Dumpster Fire '19."

The Jets are 1-7, which is tied for the second-worst record in the AFC. Starting quarterback Sam Darnold missed multiple games while battling mono, and in his second game back against the New England Patriots a clip of him on the sidelines saying "I'm seeing ghosts" was shown on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast. The mic'd up video quickly went viral and became an embarrassing story for Darnold, who was even trolled the following week by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Giants haven't fared much better. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones hasn't played particularly well, and star running back Saquon Barkley missed several games due to injury. The Giants are 2-7, but that's only good for the sixth-worst record in the league, so they might not even earn a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for this disastrous season.

One thing both of these teams have in common is getting throttled by the rival New England Patriots. The Giants lost 35-14 to the Patriots in Week 6, while the Jets were beaten by a combined score of 63-14 in their two meetings versus New England.

It's been a long, painful football season in New York, and the misery doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon.

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Bucs GM describes Tom Brady's 'incredible effect' on organization

Bucs GM describes Tom Brady's 'incredible effect' on organization

The bar has been raised in Tampa Bay with Tom Brady officially in town.

For 20 years in New England, Brady brought the best out of his Patriots teammates and galvanized the organization with his winning mentality. Now, the six-time Super Bowl champion will look to prove he can do the same in a Buccaneers uniform.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht was a player-personnel executive with the Patriots in 2002 and from 2009-11, so he's familiar with the positive impact Brady has on the rest of his team. Friday, he appeared on Sirius XM NFL Radio to share how Brady will set a new standard in Tampa.

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“It’s [an] incredible effect on the entire organization and team that goes beyond the players, too,” Licht said. “And as far as the team, they’re gonna know what the standard is now, and he’s going to bring the best out of everybody.

“You don’t realize it until you leave — I left New England — and you go to other organizations. I went to some great organizations, went to the Super Bowl with some other organizations, but it’s still not the same as being around Tom Brady. Just the effect that he has on everybody, bringing the best out of everybody.

“But not only players, it goes for coaches, it goes for coaches, it for front office, it goes for the business side. I mean, he’s just … everybody has to have their A-game at all times.”

Brady's new teammates are itching to get to work with their new QB. Wide receiver Mike Evans called it "surreal" to have the 42-year-old under center, while another of Brady's weapons, Chris Godwin, welcomed him to Tampa Bay and gifted him his No. 12. 

Former Patriot Nate Ebner says Tom Brady will do his trash talking quietly

Former Patriot Nate Ebner says Tom Brady will do his trash talking quietly

Is Tom Brady a trash talker?

Former New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner says so. Well, kind of. 

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"He'll jab a little bit, but he's going to talk his smack quietly," Ebner told Bob Papa and Charlie Weiss on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Opening Drive Friday, as transcribed by Sports Illustrated's Jackson Thompson. "He usually lets his play handle it for him, [but] he'll say some stuff at the end of the day."

Ebner, of course, knows a little too much about Brady's smack-talking after spending eight years with the quarterback in New England. In fact, Ebner, an Ohio State alum, and Brady, former Michigan QB, have a nice little bet throughout the college football season. If Michigan defeats Ohio State, then Ebner has to wear Wolverines gear, but if OSU defeats Michigan, then Brady has to put on some Buckeyes gear. And it's been OSU gear for TB12 the past seven years. Ouch.

Last year, when the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines again, Brady and Chase Winovich had to sport some Ohio State gear after losing the bet -- at least they were good sports about it. 

With Brady off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ebner heading to the New York Giants, it's only a matter of time before the trash-talking, and their bet, resumes.