Nothing epitomizes the Big Blue preseason more than a hometown clash against the Jets. The East Rutherford natives squared off Friday night with plenty to prove on both ends. Luckily, the Giants would be the victors with a 22-16 win.
Is there anything better than some early tension between two bitter rivals? The Giants and Jets both came out swinging in a tight first half in favor of the G-Men.
Happy to be here
Still no OBJ appearance for Giants fans in Week 3 despite him being dressed for warm ups. However, we can easily assume why he’s in a cheery mood with rumors swirling about his record-breaking contract being finalized.
Hug it out
Hunter Sharp took advantage of some suspect punt coverage by the Jets early in the first quarter to score the Giants’ first touchdown of the night. The 55-yard sprint was enough to tie the game at 7-7.
While this was Eli Manning’s last game action of the preseason, that didn't stop him from slinging it all over the field in the first half. Manning threw a strong 17-for-23 on his passes for 188 yards but no touchdowns.
Can’t touch this
With 7 receptions for 78 receiving yards, Sterling Shepard was Manning’s go to target in the first half. Slipping in and out of the Jets’ secondary, Shepard capped off his performance with a 30-yard reception in the second quarter.
A significant amount of deep shots were called on offense, one of them being a 47-yard grab by Alonzo Russell. If the play calling was indicative of what is to come, expect Pat Shurmur to stretch the field in 2018.
Nothing but green
Despite another uninspiring rushing performance as a team, Jhurrell Pressley had a big night. Finishing with 13 carries for 72 yards, Pressley averaged 5.7 yards per carry. As more backup running backs shine, Jonathan Stewart’s case to stay is slowly diminishing.
The Big Blue defense came to play once again. On the night they held the Jets to just 240 total yards of offense and 66 rushing yards.
Two straight preseason wins for the Giants might be enough to boost the confidence of fans. With the offense moving more efficiently and the defense stonewalling opponents, only time will tell if this recent success will correlate to the regular season.