The New York Giants continued their preseason winning streak, despite dismal first-team play, overcoming an early deficit to defeat the Jets in the annual “Snoopy Bowl” at MetLife Stadium, 35-24.
The first-team offense was underwhelming early but came together on an 11-play drive to cap the first half off with a touchdown connection from quarterback Eli Manning to wideout Rueben Randle. Manning completed 12-of-21 passes for 139 yards.
The Giants did have great success running the football. Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams combined for 116 yards and one touchdown (Williams) on 24 carries.
MVP – Damontre Moore
The second-year pass rusher continued his strong preseason with a spectacular evening against the Jets. Moore had four tackles, two sacks and a key fumble recovery in reserve duty, hopefully signaling more playing time for the former Texas A&M Aggie once the regular season gets underway.
LVP – Starting Offensive Linemen
Once again, it’s looking like Eli Manning is going to be spending a lot of time on the run or on his back this season. At least, that has been the case each week throughout the preseason and was at its worst Friday evening.
Manning was sacked twice and pressured the majority of the time he stepped back to throw. The Giants won’t win in the regular season with poor offensive line play like that.
X-Factor – Ryan Nassib
For the second week in a row, the second-year quarterback had a statement game in which he likely solidified himself as the Giants’ backup behind Manning. Nassib completed 8-of-12 passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns while guiding the G-Men to a come-from-behind victory.
Key Stat – 393 yards allowed
The Giants struggled defensively against a mediocre Jets offense, surrendering 393 total yards and three touchdowns through the air. The Jets rushed for 146 yards (4.6 yards per carry), including 92 combined yards for Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory.
What This Win Means
At the very least, the Giants’ second-team units appear promising. That could go a long way towards bolstering the depth behind the team’s lackluster starters.
The first-offense did get it together on their final drive, but more needs to be seen from them in order to feel comfortable heading into the regular season. The injuries are not helping matters; starting guard Geoff Schwartz left the game with a dislocated toe. No timetable has been given for his return as of yet.
08/28 vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.