On Friday night the New York Jets and New York Giants held there annual preseason battle with the Snoopy Trophy being on the line the now fourth annual MetLife Bowl. This year the Giants took the game 35-24, but the Jets saw Geno Smith play with confidence and command the offense during the first half.
The Giants took the kick-off after winning the toss. Several plays into that drive when Eli Manning went deep for Reuben Randle, Antonio Allen made a nice one armed pass defense. When the Jets got the ball Geno Smith found Jace Amaro for 15 yards on there first play from scrimmage. It was the only real highlight of the first drive as the Jets would be forced to punt. On the Jets second series a nice screen pass to Chris Johnson got the team to the 36 yard line from the 20. Two plays later Smith hit Eric Decker on a pass to the Giants 34 yard line. Chris Johnson then rumbled to the right for 17 yards, the Chris Ivory for four more. Nick Folk would connect from 31 yards to open the scoring. Quinton Coples blew up Rashad Jennings for a seven yard loss on the Giants second play of there third drive. Chris Ivory with a nice gain to the left gets the Jets over midfield as the moved on there third possession. Ivory got 23 more yards on a catch and run a few plays later to the right side of the field. After several Giants defensive penalties put the Jets at the two yard line, Smith found Amaro in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. The Jets went up 10-0. After injuries made the Giants shuffle there o-line, Muhammad Wilkerson was able to knock the ball out Eli Manning's hand but the Jets could not recover. Just before the half, Kyle Wilson picked off Manning on a pass intended for Victor Cruz but it was overturned because his feet were out of bounds before the pass was intercepted. Manning connected with Randle for a touchdown with seconds to go in the half.
Michael Vick came in to start the second half with the first team offense but a bad exchange between Vick and Johnson caused a turnover deep in Jets territory. Ryan Nassib was in for the Giants at quarterback. The Jets had most first teamers out on defense on the first drive after the fumble. The Giants would score to take the lead for the first time all game. Several play to Chris Johnson moved the Jets down the field on there second drive of the half. Then Chris Ivory rumbled for 17 yards to make it first and goal to go inside the 10 yard line. Vick found Eric Decker two plays later in the back of the end zone for the touchdown to put them back up 17-14. Matt Simms would come in on the next series with the second team offense. Nassib to Parker, beating Brandon Dixon, for a 39 yard touchdown put the Giants back in the lead. At the start of the fourth quarter the Jets drove down the field and Simms would fine Greg Salas for the touchdown and Simms did some "salsa" after that had the referee smiling. It would end the scoring for the Jets but Ryan Nassib and the Giants reserves would score twice more on the Jets' defensive back-ups to win the game 35-24.
Next up for the New York Jets will be there normal preseason finale Thursday night in Philadelphia against the Eagles. Well before the Tuesday afternoon 4 p.m. Eastern time deadline for all 32 NFL clubs to trim rosters down from 90 max to 75 players, the Jets already released 13. Four days later all teams do the same again to the final 53.
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