Injuries, ejections mar Giants-Jets game

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It’s our last preseason game recap for the third preseason week.  If you missed our previous recaps this week, check them out for ThursdayFriday, Saturday’s nine-game slate, and Sunday.

Jets 17, Giants 3

1. The Giants lost the game, but they have to be more concerned with the injuries they suffered.  Pass rushers Mathias Kiwanuka (groin) and Justin Tuck (“burner”) both left the game.

Kiwi insisted after the game he’d be ready for the season, but both he and Tuck will undergo more tests.  Tuck also thought he was fine.

2. Eli Manning talked all offseason about avoiding bad decisions.  He fell back into bad habits Monday.

3. The Jets talked all offseason about improving their red zone play.  While Mark Sanchez and the starters didn’t move the ball well at all, they did convert their one red zone trip with a touchdown.

Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes lined up on the same side at the 17-yard line, with Burress drawing the safety over the middle.  Holmes scored against single coverage.  Expect to see more of that.

4. Perhaps Brandon Jacobs got his annual in-game meltdown out of the way early.

5. The Giants’ special teams has looked very poor all preseason.  With questions elsewhere on the team, they don’t need another problem here.

56 responses to “Injuries, ejections mar Giants-Jets game

  1. Again, I can’t stress this enough: it’s the preseason. Not much to gather from this game, ESPECIALLY because the NYJ play the NYG on X-Mas Eve. Neither of the head coaches wanted to play all of their cards, if any.

    They barbecued with each other only a few days ago, for crying out loud! The game was a farce, even moreso than the usual preseason games.

  2. DVR’d so I haven’t reached the end of this mess yet, but where how is it these announcers don’t know “disqualified” means ejected? That’s … embarrassing. And why haven’t the ejected players been sent to the locker room? Maybe Goodell should think about fining the officials.

  3. i have no time to listen and watch live games i am watching the 2004 game between bengals and browns bengals played at home and won 58-48 i’m sick and tired of not winning any games live screw this

  4. Team Manning thought precious Eli was too good to play in San Diego (too small a market, after all) and forced a trade so the Giants could take him. The Chargers end up with Rivers and other QBs taken in the same draft (Big Ben) have consistently outperformed Eli. Both the Chargers and Steelers are better off having not been stuck taking Eli. Top 5 QB? My as$.

  5. That game was horrible. I’ve spent the last 20 minutes trying to wash the awfulness from my eyes.

    I mean, holy crap that was bad.

    Thank God I DVR’d it which means I wasted about 45 minutes less of my life than I would have if I had watched it live.

    By the way, how long does the Mark Sanchez free ride last?

    When do Jets fans stop defending him by pointing out how good the team has been and start wondering how good the team could be with a decent QB?

  6. Hey Gregg, the Jets didn’t convert their one red zone trip for a touchdown. What about the time they were on the one yard line and got driven back by penalties and settled for a field goal?

    Great journalism here.

  7. Eli Manning has a superbowl MVP, a pro bowl, and threw for 4000 yds and almost 30 tds last year. Is he a top 5 qb? No. There’s a large gap between him and the likes of Rodgers, Peyton, and Brady. But is he a bust? Absolutely not. He’s a top 10 qb in the league. If you asked the giants right now if they make that trade knowing they win at least one Superbowl, he makes a pro bowl, throws for 4000 yds and 25 tds in a season, but throws too many picks. The answer would be yes every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  8. Eli was a good at Ole Miss. Then, he won a Super Bowl in the NFL. He has always had great coaches and teammates. They all like him. Why does everyone make fun of him? If my team, the Saints, did not have Brees, I would LOVE to have Eli Manning. He sure is better than the majority of the other Quarterbacks in the League. Hotty Toddy!

  9. @ herlies

    Jets overrated? Nice to know, look forward to beating the snot out of your team like we did to the Colts and the 14-2 Pats in their buildings last year in the playoffs.

    Then again, you team more than likely didn’t make it to the conference championship, let alone two years in a row while not hosting a playoff game.

    2011 Champs. We’re gonna get even more arrogant!

  10. @kibawib
    “Both the Chargers and Steelers are better off having not been stuck taking Eli. Top 5 QB? My as$.”

    How many super bowls do the Chargers have? Now tell me who is better off, Giants or Chargers?

  11. Hey goawayeverybody, he said the STARTERS scored a TD their one trip in the red zone.Reading comprehension. Try it

  12. If those injuries end up being serious injuries, Osi’s value with the team just went up.

    They should just trade him before whatever value he has left diminishes before they just have to release him. Patriots, Browns, Bengals, and the Chiefs are just a few teams that need help with their D-line.

  13. Manning has superbowl ring. Phillip rivers looks like a poor man’s dan fouts. gmen win on that trade until the redneck wins a bowl.

  14. 10-18 113yrds 0TD 3INT

    15-29 169yrds 0TD 2 INT

    That’s the other side of the impressive playoff stats that ended seasons in the playoffs…

  15. Unreal, as much as a dislike Phillip Rivers I’m just not stupid enough to think the Giants got the best of that deal.

    Manning isn’t even in Rivers class, and on top of getting the better QB the Chargers got Merriman and a good kicker out of the deal with the picks.

    Winning a SB is Manning’s only thing he has over Rivers. Trent Dilfer, Joe Thiesmann, Jim McMahon, Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypien, Doug Williams and Brad Johnson also have that over Rivers and Marino for that matter.

    Point is having won a superbowl means jack, they would have won that superbowl with Rivers also IMHO.

  16. johnyshore–How many Super Bowls do the Chargers have, you ask? I see you left out the Steelers’ Super Bowl rings and the large role Big Ben played in those. But to your point, the Chargers have zero rings. But Rivers was the QB of the #1 offense last year while playing without Gates and Vincent Jackson most Sundays. As for your boy Eli, he led the NFL in interceptions last year. And as for Eli’s ring, you seem to forget the much larger role the Giants’ insane pass rush played in derailing the Pats’ perfect season. But that’s ok, by your twisted logic Bill Cartwright was a better center for the Bulls than Ewing was for the Knicks–because Cartwright had more rings!

  17. i was at the game.if you think the game was a farce then why did both teams play their starters well into the 3rd quarter?and ejections….thatb game was for bragging rights…..

  18. @jcg23

    Those numbers are a bit deceiving. Eli was really good last year. He’s just regressing so far this off-season.

  19. It’s a pre-season game. Only 2nd team and 3rd teams play their arses off. 1st team gets their warm-ups and once in a while show what they really can do which the Jets did and the Giants failed.

  20. kibawib says:
    Aug 29, 2011 11:25 PM
    Team Manning thought precious Eli was too good to play in San Diego (too small a market, after all) and forced a trade so the Giants could take him. The Chargers end up with Rivers and other QBs taken in the same draft (Big Ben) have consistently outperformed Eli. Both the Chargers and Steelers are better off having not been stuck taking Eli. Top 5 QB? My as$.

    ====================
    Eli – 1 ring
    Rivers – 0

    “all that matters is what you’ve done”
    -Alexander the Great

    He only needed to be good once, and he’s etched his name among the best of New York sports….not a lock for the HOF, but a few in the HOF dont have rings, either.

  21. Surprised to hear there were fights, as the first half was so polite (as in, no offense intended).

  22. If my team, the Saints, did not have Brees, I would LOVE to have Eli Manning.
    ___________________________________

    If my team, the Saints, did not have Brees, I would LOVE to have PEYTON Manning.

    *fixed*

  23. Love how everyone is hating on Eli. His postseason in 2007 alone has made him a legend. He executed the greatest drive in Super Bowl history, threw the greatest pass in NFL History, and defeated an 18-0 team that was arguably the greatest team off all-time.

    Still think he’s a bust?

  24. How come no one talks about how awful the sanchise is. Talk about a team winning in spite of their qb. He was like the 27th rated passer last year. No one ever questions his ability to play the position. It’s funny when the media is on your side all they talk about is how resilient he is. The guy is a bum who makes one good throw per game. If the jets had a quality vet at qb they would have a chip by now. To use an old reference mark Sanchez you are the weakest link, goodbye. Maybe the media will stop slurping this guy and start pointing out his flaws as a qb.

  25. The argument that Eli Manning is better than Philip Rivers because “he” won a Super Bowl is ridiculous. RIDICULOUS. For those who actually watched that game, it was the Giants DEFENSE that came up big in that game. I must have went to grab a beer when Eli Manning lined up at defensive end and sacked Tom Brady. To say that Eli is elite because of a Super Bowl win implies that Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Jim McMahon are all elite quarterbacks, and we all know they weren’t. In my opinion, neither are elite, but Rivers is slightly closer to elite than Manning. Don’t believe me? Look at the numbers:

    Career Stats
    Eli Manning:
    Regular Season: 58.0% completion %, 21,329 yards 146 TDs, 104 INTs

    Postseason: 59.1% completion %, 1,297 yards 7 TD, 7 INT

    Philip Rivers:
    Regular Season: 63.7% Completion %, 19,661 136 TDs, 58 INT

    Postseason: 58.5% Completion %, 1,820 8 TDs, 9 INTs

    Based on the numbers, Rivers is regular season elite, but he transforms into Eli Manning in the postseason. And the only thing elite about Eli Manning is that his name would be Elite if you added a “t” and an “e” to his name.

  26. Maybe the media will stop slurping this guy and start pointing out his flaws as a qb.
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    No chance of that happening. The sports media outlets like BSpn and cBS latch on to certian players/teams and constantly tell us that they can do no wrong, and when they do, there’s a truckload of excuses. Remember when they all thought that Tony Romo was the greatest thing since sliced bread? Now he’s an afterthought when they talk about quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez is slightly more talented version of Jim McMahon, IMO.

  27. Jets overrated? Nice to know, look forward to beating the snot out of your team like we did to the Colts and the 14-2 Pats in their buildings last year in the playoffs.

    Then again, you team more than likely didn’t make it to the conference championship, let alone two years in a row while not hosting a playoff game.

    2011 Champs. We’re gonna get even more arrogant!
    ___________________________________

    Until the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets can actually WIN an AFC Title game, they’re the championship game version of the Buffalo Bills. Deal with it.

  28. Question for Sanchez haters: Seriously… what is it about Sanchez that generates so much hate? He hasn’t improved in two years? 4-2 playoff record with him being a big part of those wins still not good enough? Just hate the Jets and will never say a good thing about them? I can’t help but think that Sanchez would be getting a ton more props if he played in Denver or Atlanta and led his teams to 2-straight conference title games?

    I’ll give pigskinswag some props for voicing a Sanchez opinion without ripping him personally.

    Look, no one in his right mind is comparing Sanchez to Brady, Brees, P. Manning, Rodgers, etc. But all things considered, he’s gotten better and has played well in big situations. That has to count for something.

  29. It was preseason fools
    What will matter is 12-24-11
    When the Giants expand there over all W-L record againest the tenents to 8-4
    The Giants have owned the jets in regular season play
    That is what matters

    As for Rivers his whinny crybaby crap would not work in the NY NJ area he is better off with the whine and chess crowd in SD

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