Giants Hold off Jets, Win Third Straight

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants continued their perfect preseason with a methodical, workmanlike victory over the rivals Jets, topping Gang Green, 13-7, on Friday night. In the most important of the four preseason tilts, where the starters by far play the longest, the Giants came up victorious, but also fell short in several categories.

"A win is a win," Tom Coughlin said. "I feel real good about the way we're playing right now."

Eli Manning (10-20 for 107 yards) salvaged basically a poor first half with an 11-play, 61-yard drive right before halftime. Tiki Barber, who finished with 60 yards on 11 carries, busted out on a 20-yard run, before Brandon Jacobs capped off the march with a one-yard dive.

"We just couldn't get a good rhythm," Manning said. "We got something good going at the end of the first half."

An R.W. McQuarters INT and a couple nice grabs by Visanthe Shiancoe (for 35 yards) set up Jay Feely's 39-yard field goal in the third quarter. Feely later tacked on a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Short was very impressive in the second half, notching two sacks among his five tackles. His first was a highlight film sack of Jets reserve QB Kellen Clemens, with Short coming off the right edge untouched before burying Clemens.

Also on the positive side, Jared Lorenzen, who was the second QB into the game, continued his strong summer and now has to be considered not only a lock to make the club but a legitimate contender for the number two spot as well. He completed seven-of-12 passes for 60 yards but was sacked three times behind a suspect group of linemen.

"When Jared has had the opportunity he's done pretty darn well," Coughlin said.

"Jared played well, he hung in there well and hit the guys he should have," Manning said. "He went against the Jets' first-team defense for a while."

Lorenzen wasn't as impressed with his evening.

"I didn't play as well as I wanted to," he said. "I think there's a lot more that I can do."

There's not much more that the first-team defense can do after posting its second consecutive shutout.

"Even thought we haven't given up a point against two very strong teams, I just think that there's a whole lot of room for improvement," LaVar Arrington said. "It's something to keep building on."

Rookie safety Charlie Peprah sealed the win with an INT with 1:08 to play.

"It's always good to do that," Peprah said. "My first interception, it felt good. The pick helps a little but I want to be more consistent. Consistent football is my goal."

Despite the win, Coughlin will also have plenty to harp on after this one. To wit…

The Jets blocked a Travis Dorsch punt in the fourth quarter and returned it 26 yards for their only score…

A week after slicing and dicing the Chiefs defense, Big Blue only managed 44 first-quarter yards…

New York converted only four of its 16 third-down opportunities…

Plaxico Burress has had better quarters. During the opening period, Plax was flagged twice for 15-yard penalties (unnecessary roughness, facemask) to add to his dropped pass.

"You don't care for the penalties, I think he'd be the first one to say that," Coughlin said…

Allowing big plays on third down was a huge problem last year for New York's defense. So it was hardly comforting to see Chad Pennington hook up with Justin McCareins for 40 yards on a third-and-eight midway through the second period…

The Giants were flagged for both an illegal formation and an illegal shift among their six penalties…


Rookies Gerris Wilkinson (WLB) and Barry Cofield (NT) started on defense. Wilkinson posted three tackles while Cofield added two stops.

"I felt good, I was a little wide-eyed in the beginning," Wilkinson said. "Going out there with the starters was great. I did solid. I felt like I had a solid game. I was just trying to fly around out there."

"I felt pretty comfortable out there," Cofield said. "The first series was pretty rough for me, I took my lumps. But I'm really happy with the rest of my performance."…

Gibril Wilson ended the Jets' first drive with the defensive play of the game – leaping over a would-be blocker to sack Pennington for a six-yard loss…

The Jets still lead the all-time preseason series 19-18-1. Last year the Giants snapped a nine-game exhibition losing streak with a 15-14 victory.

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