Hurricane postpones Jets-Giants game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With Hurricane Irene churning toward the New York/New Jersey area this weekend, the New York Giants' game against the Jets has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday.

"Along with the NFL office and the Jets, we have closely monitored the hurricane and the forecast and its potential impact on our area for the past several days," Giants president and CEO John Mara said in a statement released Friday night.

"After conferring with (New Jersey) Governor (Chris) Christie, (Jets owner) Woody Johnson and (NFL) Commissioner (Roger) Goodell, we have determined the best course of action for the safety and well-being of all is to move the game to Monday night."

The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and later rescheduled for 2 p.m. The Giants kept a close eye on the forecast on Thursday and Friday and stayed in touch with the NFL league office prior to the decision.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday that he had been so busy preparing his team for Rex Ryan's Jets that he hadn't paid enough attention to the weather.

Coughlin was asked if inclement weather might affect the way he plays his starters. Coughlin's plan is to play his first team for a half against the Jets, about roughly 30-35 snaps.

"Will it affect what I do with the starters?" Coughlin asked. "We'll see how bad it is."

The Giants will be at their facilities early on Saturday for meetings and light on-field work.

The Giants are no strangers to weather affecting their games. Last season, the Giants' game at Minnesota was moved to Detroit after a snowstorm pounded Minneapolis. The Metrodome's roof collapsed under the weight of nearly 17 inches of snow.

A Giants spokesman said that the postponement until Monday won't affect the team's Thursday game at New England, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. That timetable remains the same despite coming just three days after the game versus the Jets.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Ian Begley is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.