ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York Giants have lost interest in the New York Jets, and some don't even see Rex Ryan and his circus as their biggest rival.
The teams in the NFC East are the Giants' biggest concern these days, and some members of the Super Bowl champions could care less about bragging rights when the teams meet in their annual preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Saturday.
Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck was so disgusted after listening to questions about the Jets, their new Wildcat offense and TebowMania that he asked reporters on Monday whether they had any questions about the Giants.
"The last time I checked, I play for the Giants and I've only heard one question about the Giants," Tuck said during lunch at training camp at the University at Albany. "I really don't want to talk about the Jets."
While they meet every preseason, the Giants and Jets play only once every four years in the regular season. The Giants' 29-14 win over the Jets on Christmas Eve last season ignited a six-game win streak that carried Tom Coughlin's team to its second Super Bowl in five seasons.
The Jets haven't won an NFL title since Joe Namath led them to a championship in the third Super Bowl.
"For me — personally — the Jets are just another team that we play," Tuck said. "I don't think we have a rivalry with them. I really don't. I know we have one with our division foes. But for the Jets, it's just another game that we need to win."
Fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora said there is no question that the Jets are a good team.
"... but us playing them, unless it's like a Super Bowl game, it's really not that big of a deal," Umenyiora said. "I think definitely the NFC East is our biggest rival. You know, the Jets, anytime we play them, it's good because we're in the same city and same town. A lot of those guys we know and I respect them a lot, but as far as rivalry goes, it's definitely (the) teams in the NFC East."
Umenyiora tried to be diplomatic when asked about Ryan's contention that the Jets play in the NFL's toughest division, the AFC East.
"Rex is a great coach, man, and he's been around the game for a while," Umenyiora said. "He's entitled to his own opinion." Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said any chance to play an in-state rival that shares the same stadium is always fun. He agreed with Tuck and Umenyiora that the NFC games impact the Giants' season more, but he finds added incentive to face the Jets.