The Giants are still New York’s better team, at least based on what we can tell from the early part of their preseason meeting.
With the starters in the game, the Giants’ first team has outplayed the Jets’ first team in all phases of the game, jumping out to a 13-0 lead.
Giants receiver Victor Cruz looks great, routinely getting open in the Jets’ secondary and catching five passes for 51 yards in the first quarter. Cruz looks like the best player on the field tonight.
Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter looks like the worst player on the field tonight. He remains a liability on the line, and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck both easily beat Hunter to sack Mark Sanchez, although Tuck’s sack was called back by a penalty. It’s going to be tough for Sanchez to bounce back from his disappointing 2011 season if he doesn’t get better protection than he’s getting tonight.
Special teams have been up and down for the Jets. A roughing the punter penalty handed the Giants a first down on the early drive on which they ended up kicking a field goal, and a holding penalty on the kickoff return after that field goal pinned the Jets’ offense deep in their own territory. But Aaron Maybin made a solid play when he partially blocked a punt in the second quarter.
Jets safety LaRon Landry has been a bright spot, picking off an Eli Manning pass in the second quarter and also delivering a hard hit on Cruz earlier in the game. But the biggest play from a defensive back came from the Giants’ Jayron Hosley, who intercepted Sanchez and ran it back 77 yards for a touchdown.
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game with an apparent hand injury, but X-rays were reportedly negative. That’s good news for the Giants, and so is the fact that they remain the top team in town.