With the Giants and Jets playing each other on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will be the first time that quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold face off in the regular season.
Both QBs are just 22-years-old -- in fact, Jones is nine days older than Darnold -- and are already leading their teams as starters since being drafted. The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, while the Jets took Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky and CBS analyst Rich Gannon, both former NFL quarterbacks, spoke with Steve Serby of the New York Post to debate which quarterback looks better so far in their young careers.
"I like him. I like his athleticism. I like his mobility. I think he throws a good ball," Gannon said of Jones to the New York Post. "He's a guy that clearly understands how to play the position."
Since taking over for Eli Manning as the Giants starting quarterback, Jones has thrown for 1,676 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's 2-5 as the starter, and has shown glimpses of greatness this season. However, he's struggled with turnovers and has fumbled the ball ten times.
"The thing that I've been most impressed with him is his resiliency," Orlovsky said of Jones to the New York Post. "He can make a mistake and he comes back and it's like it never happened...That's been impressive for a young kid in a difficult market... I don't find the fumbling to be an issue that is gonna be something that holds him back."
Both NFL veterans think the Giants are in a good spot going forward with Jones as their quarterback. But how do they feel about Darnold and the Jets?
"Sam's got more uncoachable arm talent, where he can do stuff from different arm angles and different foot platforms and make more challenging throws," Orlovsky told the New York Post. "He's a very accurate player without perfect feet. That's always been a trait of his game."
Through 18 career games, Darnold has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 3,942 yards with 23 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He is just 5-13 as the starting quarterback for the Jets, with four of those wins coming in 2018.
"He throws the ball well enough, I think he's got good anticipation and accuracy, I think he's a smart guy, I think he's got some toughness to him," Gannon said of Darnold to the New York Post.
It's clear that both Orlovsky and Gannon see bright futures for the two young quarterbacks, despite their different playing styles.
All eyes will be on Jones and Darnold when the Giants take on the Jets in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday afternoon. Especially since the next time the two will face off in the regular season will be four years from now.