NFL Preseason: Jets Defeat Giants, 17-3

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NFL Preseason 2011: Jets Earn Early Bragging Rights, 17-3

The New York Jets won preseason bragging rights over the New York Giants Monday night with a 17-3 victory in the ‘Snoopy Bowl’ at MetLife Stadium.

The game between the two inner-city rivals was a chippy one, and Brandon Jacobs of the Giants and Muhammad Wilkerson of the Jets were ejected for trading punches in the third quarter.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 8-of-16 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown. Giants quarterback Eli Manning went 15-for-30 for 200 yards, but was intercepted twice. Last season Manning threw a league-worst 25 interceptions.

Jacobs had 51 yards on 10 carries before being ejected.

The Jets will face the Philadelphia Eagles at home Thursday. The Giants finish their preseason at New England, also on Thursday.

Giants rookie punt returner Jerrel Jernigan had a horrific night, muffing three punts and fumbling a fourth when being tackled. Giants kickoff returner Devin Thomas also muffed a kick, and the kickoff return team surrendered a 68-yard return to Antonio Cromartie.

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Jets-Giants Moved To Monday As Hurricane Irene Approaches

Hurricane Irene, barreling up the East Coast and expected to reach New Jersey on Saturday, has forced the News York Giants vs. New York Jets preseason game scheduled Saturday at MetLife Stadium to be postponed. The teams will instead play Monday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

Here is the statement released by the Giants, home team for this game:

“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,” said Giants President and CEO John Mara. “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 postponement puts both teams in awkward positions when it comes to finishing their preseason schedules, as both will have to play two games with 72 hours.

The Giants finish their preseason Thursday night at New England against the Patriots. The Jets finish by hosting the Philadelphia Eagles, also on Thursday.

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Jets-Giants Preseason Game Changed To 2 P.M. Due To Hurricane Irene

Saturday’s preseason game between the New York Giants and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium has been moved to a 2 p.m. ET start due to Hurricane Irene. Storms caused by Irene are expected to hit New Jersey Saturday night, and the original start time for the game had been 7 p.m.

“We moved the start time based on the weather forecast and to give everybody an opportunity to get home safely after the game,” said Giants President and CEO John Mara. “There are, obviously, many issues to consider. Our players played a game on Monday night, the stadium personnel has to secure the building post-game and, most importantly, the safety and welfare of Giants and Jets fans. We felt like this is the right thing to do.”

The Giants are the home team for the game. If you want more details on the storm and its projected path, check weather.com.

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Rex Ryan: 'I Believe We Are The Best Team In New York'

In his book ‘Play Like You Mean It’ New York Jets coach Rex Ryan took some swipes at the co-owners of MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants, going so far as to say “We are the better team. We are the big brother.”

Give Ryan credit. Love him or hate him, he is consistent. He never fails to back off his prediction that the Jets will win the Super Bowl. And Thursday he did not back down when asked about his comments toward the Giants.

“I guess we get to find out on Christmas Eve (when the teams meet in a regular-season game). We will get to find out. Again, I am not backing down from one comment. I believe we are the best team in New York and the goal is to be the best in the National Football League, not just in New York,” Ryan said. “I am not backing down one bit from that statement. I believe that will be the case.”

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