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Giants Hang On, Beat Jets In First Game In New Stadium

A star was born at the New Meadowlands as the Giants beat the Jets 31-16  in the first game at the Stadium. Paterson, NJ native  WR Victor Cruz stole the show and pretty much singlehandedly won the game for the Giants.

The Giants started the game off when Antrel Rolle returned an interception to the one yard line. Brandon Jacobs pounded it in to give the Giants a 7-o lead. The Jets followed that with a methodical drive that ended in a Brad Smith touchdown reception.

The Jets and Giants then traded field goals, with the Jets leading at the half 13-10.

The Jets started the second half with yet another field goal. After trading nothing drives, Victor Cruz made an outstanding one handed catch and went 64 yards for the touchdown to give the Giants at 17-16 lead. Cruz followed that up with a 34 yard touchdown to seal the game. For good measure, Victor Cruz added another touchdown, this time for 5 yards.

The first team offense for the Giants was shaky, but they were playing without most of their regulars. Eli Manning got hit hard by both Brandon Jacobs and Calvin Pace, and got a 3 inch laceration on his head that required 12 stitches. He did look fine otherwise, and said: “”I feel fine. I feel normal … I’ll be back as soon as I can. It’s really not an injury.”

Ahmad Bradshaw had a nice 58 yard catch and run. But the real story on offense was Victor Cruz, who made a spectacular one handed, 64 yard touchdown catch, and followed it up with a 34 yard touchdown reception and a 5 yard score. He had 6 catches for 145 yards and 3 TDs. He has solidified his spot on this team.

The defense, with most of their starters playing, was not good either. Outside of the Rolle interception, the Giants gave up too many underneath passes and did not get much of a pass rush. While they didn’t allow many touchdowns, they let the Jets move the ball. For a defense that has been advertised as aggressive, they were anything but. The 2nd string was much better, however, and held the Jets to only field goals. But, the 2nd team won’t be playing in regular season games. The 1st string defense has to step up.

After a shaky start, Matt Dodge seemed to rebound a bit. He got lucky, though, with his bounces. He’s a line drive punter and does not get good air time. He’s a work in progress.

Chase Blackburn left the game on a stretcher with a sprained knee.

There were some good individual performances, particularly from Jon Goff and Victor Cruz. Antrel Rolle had a stellar debut, and Deon Grant was solid. DJ Johnson had an interception, and Jason Pierre-Paul added a sack. Jim Sorgi bounced back after a shaky start.

The Giants’ starters were shaky, but it was the 2nd team, especially Victor Cruz, who led them to victory. The starters have work to do on both sides of the ball, but luckily, there is plenty of time.


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4 Responses to “Giants Hang On, Beat Jets In First Game In New Stadium”

  1. Russo757 says:

    Anyone else keep a close eye on JPP? I saw a terrible lack of effort from the rookie. Granted he got the one sack but it seemed like he just stood around on most plays. I didnt even see a flash of the raw, aggressive player he was made out to be

  2. CMH says:

    – Bye Bye Sinorice

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  4. Joe says:

    New giants stadium – the house that victor Cruz built

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