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If anything was learned from the “hard fought,” (Brandon Jacobs) but sloppy game Jets-Giants preseason game its that the Jets are now the younger brother that’s grown up and surpassed there older brother.
Though neither side looked overly impressive during this game the Jets D was able to dominate the Giants and the Jets offense which looked way less explosive than it had the week before against the Bengals was able to get it done and score when they had the chance.
The first quarter belonged more the Giants as Sanchez was a measly 2-6 for 6 yds on 2 drives that resulted in three and outs. Eli Manning led a few impressive drives, however they all resulted in no points as he threw an interception on their first drive as David Harris was able to get a free run unblocked up the middle to force the errant throw.
The Giants first offense was only able to come away with a field goal in the first two quarters as the Jets D was very staunch giving, but not breaking. They picked Manning twice in the half and even at the beginning of the 2nd half when the Jets 2nd D was on the field they were able to hold the Giants starting offense on a 4th and goal to force a turnover and downs.
The Offense wasn’t too good all night, but the highlight for them came on a TD pass from Sanchez to Holmes on a 17yd strike. Burress was the number 1 target on the play, and his route caused Holmes to be open and Sanchez didn’t hesitate throwing a bullet in a tight hole to Holmes who corralled it for the score.
Both teams made boneheaded plays, but you could tell just from watching the game that the game meant more to the Giants than the Jets and they still couldn’t put anything together. The distraught looks on coach Tom Caughlin and Eli Manning were enough to show the frustration and somewhat of the realization that the Jets were in fact the better team on the field.
Granted this was just a preseason game and the two teams will get a chance to play for real when they meet in Week 16, but if this game was any indication of what is to come, by then the game won’t be relevant as the Giants won’t be in the playoff hunt and the Jets will have a playoff spot wrapped up.
One thing is definitely for sure when it comes to football in New York and that is that the New York Jets are now the best team finally surpassing the Giants who have overshadowed them for many years.