I was at the Giants vs. Jets preseason game last night and noticed a few things that I would like to point out.
First, Mark Sanchez looked fairly poised, given that the Giants blitzed quite often. Although the Giants were missing Antonio Pierce and a few other key defenders, he held his ground and was only sacked once. He also didn't commit any turnovers, which is a great sign for the Jets.
Leon Washington also had quite a game. Thomas Jones continues to bore the crowd while Washington fights for every yard and gives the fans something to cheer about. I'm thinking of picking him up for my fantasy team if he continues to produce.
I honestly think that the Jets may be a contender this year. When you look at Rex Ryan's defense, their running game, and their potential for Sanchez, it is quite possible that the Jets could give the Patriots a run for their money. What they'll need is consistency with their passing game, and a #2 receiver to step up after losing Coles to free agency.
As for the Giants... I have very mixed feelings. Their very first drive was perfect, and I thought I was in store for a blowout. Eli Manning looked very accurate throughout the game, and looks as though he is comfortable throwing in the pocket. The offensive line also did a very good job with protection.
The Giants running game was also stellar, with all three running backs averaging very well. Danny Ware is showing that he really wants to get that #2 spot in the Giants depth chart.
Plus, how about David Carr and Hakeem Nicks! David Carr was able to run the ball successfully while still throwing for two touchdowns to Nicks, who looked fantastic except for a dropped ball early on. I'm really hoping he turns out to be a #1 receiver for the Giants in a few years.
Now for the bad. What in the world is wrong with the Giants receivers? Eli went 9/21 solely because his receivers could not catch the ball. Steve Smith, a usually reliable player, dropped a 90-yard bomb, which ultimately would have won them the game. Manningham looked sluggish and sloppy, while backup tight end Darcy Johnson couldn't hold onto the ball either. It looked like they became too comfortable with an early score. Boss remained consistent and Hixon didn't get many touches, so hopefully they can bounce back in the regular season, considering we won't see many (if any) starters in the fourth preseason game against the Patriots.
Overall, if the Giants were at full strength, I don't believe they would have given up as many points, but I wasn't quite happy with their performance. On the bright side, Hakeem Nicks and David Carr looked brilliant, and Eli continues to be consistent while his running game carries the load.