For fans of the New York Giants and New York Jets that were hoping to see their team look sharp in each team’s third preseason game, time is running short. It’s halftime at the Meadowloands, and the Jets hold a 7-3 advantage in a fairly ugly, mistake laden first 30 minutes of play.
Per third preseason game tradition, you can expect the starters for both squads to play in the third quarter, but Tom Coughlin and Rex Ryan may give their starters only a few more series before shutting them down for the night.
For the Giants, Eli Manning went 15-for-25 with 174 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs. The two turnovers negated what was an otherwise decisive advantage for the Giants offensively. They outgained the Jets by a margin of 151 yards (224 vs. 73).
The Jets couldn’t muster much offensively. In addition to their meager 73 yards of offense, Mark Sanchez & Co. picked up just four first downs and lost possession with a fumble despite Sanchez not being sacked. Sanchez did however hit Santonio Holmes on a 17-yard touchdown strike just inside the two minute warning. Sanchez and Holmes seem to have established a solid rapport in their second year working together.
With second half action just about to begin, let’s turn our attention back to the game and check back in later with more thoughts and notes on the annual preseason clash between the two NYC teams. For immediate analysis and fan discussion, turn to Big Blue View and Gang Green Nation.