EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After losing their first two preseason games, the New York Giants looked to get back on track Saturday night. That is exactly what they did against the New York Jets, as Big Blue clicked on all cylinders.
The first half was a very strong performance by the Giant defense. Jason Pierre-Paul set the tone early, by getting an early safety on Christian Hackenberg. The defensive front of the Giants did a great job of getting to the backfield often, and disrupting Hackenberg’s rhythm.
Not even Coach Bob McAdoo thought, that the Giant’s first touchdown of the season would be a defensive one. Landon Collins once again showed he is a force to reckon with, by jumping a route and taking the interception to the house. In just the first half alone, the Giants recorded a safety, two INTs for TDs, and three sacks. Big Blue also held the Jets to just 127 total yards (51 yds passing, 76 yds rushing) in the first half. This Giant defense looked really good, even if it was against the depleted Jet offense.
As far as offensively, the Giants did get their first offensive touchdown of the preseason. Orleans Darkwa punched in a goal line opportunity, late in the first quarter. Eli Manning in his time on the field did a really good job of navigating the offense. The Giants were moving the ball down the field, and mixing in effective runs.
“I thought the offense did a good job. We moved the ball. Every time we had a possession, we got some first downs and got into their territory” said Manning.
At halftime, the Giants held a comfortable 29-3 lead over Gang Green. However, Bryce Petty and Hackenberg helped bring the Jets back in the second half. Things got very interesting, as the Jets scored a late touchdown in the 4th quarter to bring the score to 31-32. With no timeouts left, the Jets decided to go for two and were stuffed by the Giants on a run. MetLife went into an uproar, as many Giants fan exhaled a sigh of relief.
That last stop by the defense was almost a metaphor for this season. This team is going to lean heavily on their defense, and this Giant team will be ready for any challenge.
Stat Line Of The Night:
10 penalities – 96 yards
- This is preseason of course, but the Giants need to do a better job of playing clean football. There were a couple crucial calls in the second half that allowed the Jets to come back. Most teams in the NFL would have secured wins if they were spotted 96 penalty yards.
Get Em’ Next Week:
- The rookie, Nigel Tribune (cornerback) out of Iowa State had a really tough game. Tribune had a 25 yard touchdown caught on him, was burnt on a two point conversion, and a 31 yard pass interference called on him. The Giants will have one preseason game to evaluate if Tribune’s potential is worth a roster spot.
Barry Holmes is a Senior Writer for PureSportsNY.com. Follow him on Twitter @BHO732
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