Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 12/22/11

Leading up to Saturday’s ‘Battle of New York’ between the Giants and Jets, it was inevitable that trashtalking would be customary.

When Jets coach Rex Ryan kicked off the war of words on Tuesday, saying how his team is the big brother of the Big Apple, it was only a matter of time before Big Blue responded.

That time has now come.

Although they didn’t come after Ryan directly, two of the Giants’ offensive playmakers instead opted to target Gang Green’s shutdown corner.

Ralph Vacchiano, who covers the Giants for the NY Daily News, spoke with receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and asked for their take on Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

They didn’t exactly sing his praises.

Asked whether or not Revis is the league’s best at the position, Nicks paused before answering, “He’s a decent corner.”

Cruz added that, “Teams aren’t really scared of him anymore. He’s had to earn his money this year.”

While they’re absolutely allowed to voice their opinions, it goes against the “talk is cheap” mantra that coach Tom Coughlin likes to stand behind.

Clearly, both teams realize there’s a whole lot more than just playoff implications on the line — there’s city-wide bragging rights up for grabs, too.

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