There is a legitimate buzz in this city building for the 2009 football season.
I'm going to expand more on that thought next week, but a key factor is the Eagles-Giants rivalry.
Both teams are considered among a handful of favorites in the NFC. Both made some big moves in the offseason. And both picked up offensive playmakers for their quarterbacks in the draft.
Even though it's only mid-May, the first prediction has now been made.
It comes courtesy of Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who predicts that New York will win at least 13 games in 2009.
"We are going to have a new identity, a new scheme," Jacobs said on his ESPN 1050 radio show, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. "Hopefully a piece of that puzzle doesn't come missing in the middle of the season and we've got to make another adjustment. It's just a fresh year. And I think that we're going to have a great season and going on to win at least 13 games.
"I'm putting us in that big dance early and whoever's listening to it, I really don't care if they don't like it or not."
Jacobs didn't stop there.
The Giants have been rumored on and off all offseason to be interested in acquiring wide receiver Braylon Edwards from the Browns. Jacobs said he doesn't think Edwards will be coming on board and added that he feels that's a good thing.
"I don't want him," Jacobs said. "There's great players in the league that I don't want. I don't know, I just think the chemistry between the teammates that I have now is great. We don't need to add a new veteran to the whole group. I'm good with where we are. I'm glad that we didn't go forward and get him or (Anquan) Boldin. And those guys are great guys (but) I'm not interested in that idea."