Preseason got underway with the Giants winning a predictably sloppy game that mostly featured backups by a score of 31-22.
Here were the main things to note:
- The Jets' first-team offense played just one series, scoring to take a 6-0 lead;
- Sam Darnold nearly threw a pick on his first throw but bounced back with big plays on throws to open receivers Chris Herndon and Jamison Crowder, who he then threw a short touchdown pass to;
- Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra point;
- Brian Winters finished the drive and was on the field for the extra point, but suffered a shoulder injury to rule him out of the rest of a game he wasn't likely to re-enter anyway;
- The starting defense forced a three-and-out on their only series;
- The second team defense allowed Daniel Jones to complete a touchdown drive as he went 5-for-5, capitalizing on a blown zone coverage for the biggest play and finding Bennie Fowler, who beat rookie Santos Ramirez for the touchdown and a 7-6 lead;
- There was a lengthy weather delay in the first quarter;
- After the restart, Russell Shepard's 51-yard touchdown catch extended the lead to 14-6 as Parry Nickerson missed a tackle and Doug Middleton overpursued;
- Trevor Siemian's short touchdown pass to Elijah McGuire pulled the Jets within two but Catanzaro again missed the extra point, albeit that this one was a bad hold by Lachlan Edwards;
- Frankie Luvu forced a fumble, recovered by Neville Hewitt to set up Catanzaro's field goal and a 15-14 lead but the Giants drove down for a late field goal and a 17-15 halftime lead as Derrick Jones and Kyron Brown gave up some big plays;
- In the third quarter, Davis Webb threw two interceptions, including a pick-six that helped the Giants extend to a 24-15 lead;
- Dee Delaney got badly beaten for a fourth quarter touchdown to further pad the lead as the Jets' coverage (and pass rush) was disappointing all game; and
- Luke Falk's two-yard touchdown pass to Greg Dortch in the final minute provided the final margin.
We'll have in-depth analysis for you beginning very early tomorrow morning but until then share your thoughts below in the comments.