Even though it is still the NFL preseason, we have now reached week three: the “dress rehearsal” week in which starters commonly play into the third quarter. What this time also brings us is our annual New York Jets – New York Giants exhibition game, or what is now so delightfully known as “The Snoopy Bowl.” On Friday, the Giants wound up taking the 2014 version by the final score of 35-24.
From the start the Jets were the sharper, more dominant team. Their first-teamers won the battle in the first half.
Jets QB Geno Smith showed some signs of life and provided fans much needed hope on what could be a much improved offensive season from gang green. He engineered two-scoring drives: one that led to a Nick Folk 31-yard field goal, and one that ended up in the hands of rookie TE Jace Amaro for a one-yard TD in a goal-line situation, according to CBSSports.com. Smith finished the night going nine for 14 with 137 yards and a TD.
Another great sign came in the form of RB Chris Johnson as he racked up 42 yards on nine carries and ripped off a few runs that made folks everywhere think of the 2009 CJ2K. On one play early on Giants CB Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie still does not know how Johnson slashed passed him.
The score and game was firmly in the hands of the Jets as Eli Manning and company could not get things going (as their early season offensive struggles continued). Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and the rest of the Jets defense made sure Manning felt their presence all night long. They forced two-Manning fumbles on the night (both recovered by the Giants).
However late in the second quarter Manning led a 91-yard, 11-play drive that resulted in a Rueben Randle 15-yard TD with three-seconds remaining.
From this point on the battle of the reserves was won by the Giants as an offensive showdown ensued.
Jets QB Michael Vick saw some action early in the third quarter, and much like Smith, he also impressed going four for five with 35 yards and a TD. In fact, all three Jets quarterbacks threw touch-downs in this one (Matt Simms).
The brightest spot on the Giants side of things had to be second-year quarterback Ryan Nassib. Nassib entered immediately after halftime and shredded the Jets for three touch-downs including the game clincher to WR Corey Washington.
A few injury notes in this one includes Giants OL Geoff Schwartz and Jets DB Antonio Allen, who both left via injury and did not return. They are calling Schwartz’s injury a right toe issue, and Allen left because of a head injury after a head to head collision with teammate Demario Davis in the second quarter, according to NJ.com. With Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson and rookie Dexter McDougle all out, the Jets cannot afford another serious injury in this banged up secondary.