After a pair of three-and-outs on each team’s opening possession of the game, the Jets offense wasted little time exploiting a beleaguered Giants secondary. Odell Beckham finally ended his preseason reception drought hauling in a 7-yard catch with 12:43 remaining in the first quarter.
Gang Green compiled its first scoring push on a 7 play, 64-yard drive punctuated by an 18-yard strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker.
The Giants would gain just six yards on six plays during the ensuing offensive possession as Eli Manning and company struggled to develop continuity in the offense. Lackluster offensive line play caused their drive to stall and the first team’s offensive struggles continued.
Big Blue finally broke through with 6:48 remaining in the second quarter putting together their most impressive offensive possession of the preseason; marching 85 yards on 14 plays with Rashad Jennings scampering in for a 1-yard score. With the score tied at 7-7, Fitzpatrick sliced and diced Big Blue’s defensive backfield connecting on a screen pass with Zac Stacy who rumbled 24-yards untouched and leapt high into the end zone for dramatic effect. Nick Folk missed the point after attempt and the Jets recaptured the lead 13-7.
With 20 seconds remaining in the half, Manning tossed a pass intended for James Jones, but Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie jumped the route for the interception and returned the ball for a touchdown.
Whatever offensive momentum the Giants built was crushed by Manning’s errant pass to conclude the second quarter action.
Tom Coughlin and crew can’t be pleased with the performance of their first stringers after getting outplayed by a Jets team who is still trying to name a reliable starting quarterback.
The Giants travel up to Foxboro for their preseason finale against the New England Patriots.