Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/19/12
The New York Giants faced off against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands last night in a much anticipated preseason game.

The atmosphere was playoff-like as both teams were ready to claim bragging rights in New York.

The final score was 26-3 Giants, but that did not tell the whole story of this game.

Despite winning by a wide margin, the Giants' first-unit did not control the line of scrimmage on offense as Eli Manning (7/14 for 62 yards and 1 INT) didn’t seem in rhythm at the start of the game.

Also not in rhythm was the Giants' running game which averaged a pathetic 1.8 yards per carry for a total of 58 yards rushing. The only element of the Giants' offense that impressed me was the wide receivers as Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, David Douglas and Isaiah Stanback all displayed  solid route-running and soft hands.

Offensively, the Giants only managed one touchdown and that came late in the 4th quarter when third-string quarterback Ryan Perrilloux connected with fullback Joe Marinek for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Aside from that, the only scoring for the Giants came on four field goals by Lawrence Tynes (who has looked very impressive thus far) and an interception by rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley off Mark Sanchez for 77 yards.

The Giants' defense really shut down the Jets from start to finish as Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow really couldn’t generate any momentum at all. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck commented, “As a defensive line, we were able to get some pressure on them and that’s really what we need to do. We played well as a unit and were able to rush the quarterback. It’s a step in the right direction."

The Giants' defense had seven sacks and countless times put extreme pressure on both Sanchez and Tebow. Defensively, the players that really impressed me were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul as he manhandled Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. Safety Will Hill, linebacker Keith Rivers, cornerback Jayron Hosley and especially defensive end Adewale Ojomo -- who along with four tackles had two sacks and showed a lot of energy, strength and good athletic ability.

Jets coach Rex Ryan previously made reference regarding the Jets' offense as being, “vanilla with some sprinkles." Well last night those words came out loud and clear as the Jets' offense was so bad that they looked more like “vanilla without the sprinkles."

Ryan also added after the game, “changes will be made to improve the offensive play by opening day, I promise you that." A ot could be taken from that comment, but many fans and sports writers (Including myself) believe that it’s only a matter of time before Tebow unseats Sanchez as the Jets' starting quarterback.

This was the first meeting between the two teams since Christmas Eve and although the Giants did not look good, especially on offense; the Jets looked like they have taken a big step backwards and do not look like a playoff team at all. 

I realize that this is only the second preseason game for the Giants and perhaps I am being too critical on them. However; until the Giants can display a solid running attack, they will struggle offensively as this team can not expect Eli Manning to continuously save them in the 4th quarter.

The Giants can’t be a one-dimensional team and expect to win games strictly through the air. The final two preseason games will be vital as the Giants will need to re-establish the running game; which will make them a very dangerous team.

We need to see Ahmad Bradshaw get at least 10-15 carries for each game. We need to see David Wilson also get involved and contribute. We need to know if DJ Ware or Da’Rel Scott can be depended on as reliable backups. If not, Manning and the defense will not be enough to get this team into the playoffs.
 
 

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