Giants Bow to Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants first-team defense was victimized on the game's opening play and Big Blue never recovered, dropping a 20-12 preseason loss to the Jets.

"Too many opportunities on the field that we left out there," Tom Coughlin said. "That's how I'd sum it up. We have a lot of things that we can learn from this game."

Jets Chad Pennington and Leon Washington connected on a 79-yard scoring play as Gang Green jumped to the very early lead. Washington easily beat R.W. McQuarters in coverage and then split McQuarters and James Butler for the score.

"I'm not sure exactly what happened on that first play, but it was ugly," LB Antonio Pierce said. "We have to do a better job of tackling and getting him down to give ourselves a chance. Nobody remained focused on that play."

Besides that, Pierce was pleased with the first-team defense, which limited the Jets to minus-13 first-half yards besides the 79-yarder.

"Other than that, we did a good job rebounding," he said. "We were able to move forward and I'm not even sure if they got a first down after that series. We played great on run defense and pressured the quarterback."


Strahan watch: While no one would come right out and say it, it was obvious after the game that everyone fully expects Michael Strahan to finally rejoin the team sometime this week.

Efficient Eli: Eli Manning, who was victimized by multiple dropped passes, looked pretty sharp against the Jets. He completed 17-of-25 passes for 146 yards and a TD.

UnTynesly evening: Lawrence Tynes didn't do a whole lot to help his cause in winning the place-kicking job, missing two-of-three field goals against the Jets. Tynes was wide right on a 40-yard try in the first quarter and then wide left on a 43-yarder in the second. He finally connected on a 40-yard FG later in the second quarter.

Failing to capitalize on a great opportunity, Josh Huston also missed his one try – a 42-yarder – wide right.

After the game Coughlin admitted "I'm concerned," but wouldn't speculate on bringing in a new kicker.

Sir Mix-A-Lot: Receiver Anthony Mix continued his torrid summer with a five-yard touchdown catch shortly before halftime. Mix, who also scored against Carolina in New York's preseason opener, leapt up and over the Jets defensive back to secure the score. He finished with a game-high seven catches for 45 yards.

"I liked the way he's progressed and I liked the things he's done," Coughlin said.

Stay away Stray: Justin Tuck turned in three straight solid plays in the first quarter, making consecutive tackles of Leon Washington for only two-yard gains and then sacking Pennington for a 12-yard loss.

"Tuck is an outstanding football player," Osi Umenyiora said. "I've known that for a long time."

Making an impact: Third-round pick Jay Alford fell on a fourth-quarter fumble, giving New York the ball on its own 45-yard line.

"I wanted to pick it up and run but I didn't want to cause a problem," Alford said.

Making an impact II: Newly signed safety J.R. Reed turned in the play of the game: a lunging one-handed interception off Kellen Clemens in the fourth quarter.

Tough break: David Tyree had a 56-yard catch-and-run negated by an offensive pass interference call on Amani Toomer in the first quarter.

Ouch: Linebacker Kawika Mitchell left the game with a groin injury and didn't return.

Sittin' it out: Jeff Feagles, who's suffering from a tight back, missed the first game of any kind during his 20-year NFL career.

"After all these years, this is actually the first time I've been able to sit and watch a football game without having to worry about exactly what I have to do," Feagles said. "I get to sit back and watch the offense and defense play and the special teams. It's a little bit weird, and I certainly don't want to be on this side of the fence again."

Other Giants that missed the game due to injury: WR Plaxico Burress, TE Jeremy Shockey, CB Sam Madison, RB Derrick Ward, S Will Demps, LB Gerris Wilkinson, OL Todd Londot, G Grey Ruegamer, LS Ryan Kuehl, DE Adrian Awasom and DT Marcus Bell.

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