Giants 26, Jets 3: Giants Offense Struggles, Defense Shines

August 18, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) tries to avoid being tackled by New York Giants safety Will Hill (38) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants returned to Metlife Stadium for the first time since winning Super Bowl XLVI and defeated the New York Jets 26-3 in the "Snoopy Bowl".

It was almost opposite day compared to the game in Jacksonville. This time the offense had its share of struggles and the defense played a spectacular game. The Giants put up 26 points, but the first string had its share of troubles trying to get the ball to the end zone.

Ramses Barden's struggles continued as the wide receiver could not keep the ball in his hands. He dropped a couple of passes from Eli Manning, and had more bad luck when he could not catch up to a pass while be covered by Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The Giants scored two touchdowns tonight. The first was from a Jayron Hosley interception. The rookie cornerback returned the ball 77 yards to the end zone. Rookie Joe Martinek scored in the fourth quarter off a pass from Ryan Perrilloux. Wide receiver Victor Cruz almost, and possibly should have, had a touchdown, but there was a questionable non-call when Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson had his hands all over Cruz. No flag was thrown for pass interference and the Giants kicked for a field goal. Cruz ended his night with five catches for 51 yards.

Most of the points tonight were from the work and accuracy of kicker Lawrence Tynes. Manning and backup quarterback David Carr were able to move the Giants offense up the field, but were unable to get the ball in the endzone forcing the Giants to use Tynes to get points on the board. Manning had only one mishap when he threw an interception while trying the get rid of the ball when he couldn't find an open man.

The defense from the first string down had a very impressive night. Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez twice and the line was able to shut down the Jets running game. Safety Will Hill had another impressive night in the backfield showing some great coverage. A collective effort from the defense was able to keep the Jets from scoring a touchdown. They haven't scored a touchdown yet this preseason.

Some noted injuries took place around the Giants Saturday night. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game early with an apparent hand injury. X-Rays were negative and he was seen on the sideline with a wrap on his left hand and a compression sock over a brace on his right. Coach Tom Coughlin said after the game that Bradshaw's hand was swollen with no break and will have more tests tomorrow.

Defensive end Adrian Tracy left the game early with a hamstring injury and middle linebacker Mark Herzlich left with a hip injury. Justin Tuck was visited by trainers in the first half as they were tending to his neck, but was able to finish the first half. His left shoulder was heavily wrapped during the second half.

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