Not to bore you, but the defenses were the story in this game. That is usually the case for the Jets, but for the Giants?
It’s early, and to be fair, the Giants were without their No. 1 receiver (Hakeem Nicks) and their top RB (Ahmad Bradshaw) left the game with a hand injury after gaining only two yards on three carries. They basically relied on Victor Cruz in the first half to move the ball. He was thrown at eight times, catching five for a total of 51 yards.
The first team could not muster an offensive TD, but give the Jets some credit here, too. Eli Manning was not particularly sharp (7-14, 62 yards and got picked on a deep overthrow) and the offensive line had issues firing off the ball. In the first half, they only had five possessions. The results: FG, FG, INT, Punt and End of Half. They gained only 19 yards rushing on 15 attempts. Ughhhh…
The seconds didn’t light up the crowd, either. QBs David Carr and Ryan Perrilloux threw only 11 times completing seven. One highlight was a 49-yarder from Carr to rookie WR Rueben Randle, who made a leaping grab. Perrilloux hit rookie RB Joe Martinek on a swing pass for a 14-yard TD. Rookie RB David Wilson had little room to break free, gaining only 26 yards on eight attempts.
K Lawrence Tynes continued to be solid, hitting all four of his FG attempts (30, 35, 40 and 45 yards….really) and two PATs for a total of 14 points on the night.
P Steve Weatherford punted four times and did not allow the Jets a shot to return. He had two inside the 20 that the Jets called fair catches on, one touchback and had one tipped by Aaron Maybin that for 21 yards and downed by Zak DeOssie on the Jets’ 46.
The defense was much better. DE Jason Pierre-Paul burned the Jets for two sacks of QB Mark Sanchez. LBs Keith Rivers and Mathias Kiwanuka had five tackles each. UDFA DE Adelale Ojomo had two sacks on Tim Tebow. S Will Hill had four more tackles and a sack of his of his own on Tebow. CB Jayron Hosley had the play of night, picking off Sanchez and racing 77 yards for a pick 6.
In the second quarter with the score 6-0 Giants, the Jets went for it on 4-and-1 on the Giants’ 36. The give went to powerful FB John Conner, who was stopped short of the line by DT Rocky Bernard and Rivers.
The Jets’ longest play from scrimmage was 17 yards. They only drove into the red zone once all night, resulting in a 30-yard FG – their only score. In the final quarter the Jets had five possessions, all ending in punts from inside their own 20.
The Giants return teams were marginalized. Both of Josh Brown’s kickoffs went for touchbacks. Punter TJ Conley had nine attempts: two were downed, two were shanked out of bounds and another went for a touchback. The returners only got their hands on four punts (Hosley 2-10, Randle 1-11 and David Douglas 1-0)