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Jets Beat Giants 27-25

In the Battle Of New York, it was the Jets who ended up on top, beating the Giants 27-25, thanks in part to a ton of drops by the Giants receiving core. The Giants fall to 1-2 in preseason play, while the Jets gained their first win and are now 1-2 as well. The Giants started off in impressive fashion, with Eli Manning leading the team 60 yards on the opening drive, ending with an eight yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jacobs. After Steve Smith dropped a sure 90 yard touchdown pass, and Domenik Hixon had one go off his hands for an interception, the Jets tied the score, on a one yard touchdown run by Thomas Jones. Lawrence Tynes added a 38 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Giants at the end of the first.

After a second Tynes field goal, the Jets took over. Mark Sanchez showed us why he was the number 5 pick overall, when he avoided heavy pressure, and found Chansi Stuckey down field for a 31 yard touchdown. Jay Feely added two field goals, one at the end of the second quarter, and one midway through the third quarter. The game became a bit topsy-turvy in the 4th quarter. The Giants attempted a valiant comeback, with David Carr leading the way. Hakeem Nicks made a great play on a 22 yard pass, bringing the Giants within one point, but they failed on the two point conversion. The Jets added a touchdown late on a 70 yard bomb to Aundre Aillison. Hakeem Nicks was at it again, with a 71 yard touchdown reception towards the end of the game, but they once again failed on the two point conversion to tie the game.

Eli Manning was better than his numbers indicated, going 9-21 for 91 yards, a touchdown and an interception. David Carr was impressive in relief, going 10-15 for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Steve Smith dropped a sure touchdown. There were some other drops along the way. He was really good in the game, and he was aided by a healthy offensive line. Hakeem Nicks was the leading receiver, and the most impressive player in the game, with 142 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Mario Manningham added 41 yards, but dropped a bunch of passes. The running game was a bit more pedestrian than usual, with Ahmad Bradshaw leading the way with 47 yards.

The defense started off strong, but after the Sanchez touchdown, the Jets gained new life, and were moving down the field better. However, the pressure on Sanchez was much better than it was against Chicago. There were some lapses in tackling, especially on the Stuckey touchdown, where Kevin Dockery, CC Brown, and Corey Webster all missed tackles. The run defense was strong all night. Except for the touchdown pass, the Giants defense was solid, and remember, they are missing a bunch of players, so take this performance with a grain of salt.

All in all, this was a better–but not great–performance from the Giants. The offense looked better, even with the drops, and Eli made some nice throws, only to have them (you guessed it) dropped. The first team defense really only had one bad play, and it led to a touchdown. There are still things to work on. Receivers have to hang onto the ball better. They made it tough on the QBs. They got open easily, a good sign, but you can’t have drops. You just can’t. That has to improve. If the Giants are to be a Super Bowl contender, which I believe they are, they have to hold on to the ball. There’s a lot of promise, a lot of talent. They just have to hold onto the ball. Eli overthrew Kevin Boss a couple of times. The running game wasn’t as powerful as we’re used to. The defense missed some tackles. Luckily, it’s preseason. In 2007, the Giants were 1-3. Last year, the Lions went 4-0 in preseason play. So there is no reason to panic, Giants fans. However, they did not look as good as they did against Carolina, but looked a lot better than they did in Chicago. An improvement. There were mistakes, and Tom Coughlin will not be happy about that. But, things are looking up. The 1st team defense was back to itself. Eli Manning looked really good, despite his numbers. Hakeem Nicks was dominant, and gave Giant fans a glimpse into his bright future. The negatives were the dropped passes. Fortunately, this game doesn’t count. There is still time to work on these things. I think they’ll get it straightened out.

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One Response to “Jets Beat Giants 27-25”

  1. Jesse Cassel says:

    all i can say is start hakeem nicks he was really good and smith, smith, and manningham all took a step back from being anywhere close to a starter. the other advise i can give to this team is GO GET BRANDON MARSHALL!!!

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