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Jets-Giants: Second Quarter

Posted by Randy Lange on August 25, 2007 – 8:46 pm


Another Eli Manning incompletion brings on Lawrence Tynes for a 43-yard FG try. This time he’s wide left.

Adrien Clarke comes in for Jacob Bender to start the second quarter. Are we looking at an LG rotation for the immediate future?

Chad Pennington is in what Jets radio voice Bob Wischusen calls "the pistol" — a shortened shotgun formation. It doesn’t help. Chad flips to Leon Washington, who appears open around the right end initially but has to cut it back and runs into Brandon Moore. Result: 2-yard loss and another short Ben Graham punt.

Rookie LB David Harris comes into the middle of the defense to team up inside with Jonathan Vilma. But the big play of this drive is Darrelle Revis taking away Toomer’s inside position and breaking up Manning’s third-down throw. Another punt, this one by Chad Ohnesorge punting for the ageless Jeff Feagles, is downed by David Tyree, fighting past Manny Collins, at the Jets 1. Ninety-nine-yard drive anyone?

No. After an incomplete hitch pass out of an empty backfield, Clarke gets flagged for a false start. Then behind max-protect, Pennington can’t connect with Laveranues Coles and Leon Washington gains a yard.

Ben Graham has another short punt that R.W. McQuarters returns to the 36, and a Rashad Washington hold on the play prompts ref Ed Hochuli to announce the 10 yards will be added to the end of the punt. But after the commercial break, Hochuli corrects himself: Since the hold occurred in the end zone, it’s a safety.

Since that first play from scrimmage, it’s been tough sledding for the Green & White.

Jets 6, Giants 2

The Giants penetrate to the Jets 17. Then on first down Kerry Rhodes comes on a delayed blitz to force one Manning incompletion, then another blitz forces Manning to overthrow Toomer heading for the end zone. And a swing to Reuben Droughns is smelled out beautifully by Harris for a 5-yard loss. It’s Tynes time again, and he hits from 40. But all this better field position and a possession-time advantage of 18:48 to 6:50 still has produced only a very baseball-like score:

Jets 6, Giants 5

The mistakes continue. Sean Ryan holds on Brad Smith’s kickoff return, then a 1-yard completion to FB Darian Barnes and two Pennington incompletions, a go to Justin McCareins and a quick out that Jerricho Cotchery can’t handle. Now the Jets are 0-for-5 on third down conversions and have run five straight three-and-out drives — continuing a trend from the ’05 and ’06 preseason meetings with Big Blue.

The Jets’ sub defense, which had been bending but not breaking all half, finally breaks. Darrelle Revis made a nice PD on Sinorice Moss, then Vilma and Harris stop Droughns for 3 yards. But on third down, Manning throws a fade to WR Anthony Mix on outside CB Manny Collins, 7 inches shorter. Finally, a Giants TD with 27 seconds left in the half. After one more draw, the Jets kneel and head for the locker room lucky to be trailing by only …

Giants 12, Jets 6

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11 Responses to “Jets-Giants: Second Quarter”

  1. By mdonovan on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    man … we could be in for a LONG season if they don’t spark some fire on both sides of the line. They look terrible tonight.

  2. By pat bennett on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    pennington needs to go down field with the ball

  3. By bobby helsel on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply


  4. By Charles Fuente on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    I thought last week was bad. Tonights game is horrible both Offense and Defense. Were lucky the score is only 6-12 if we were playing the Pats we’d be getting blown out now. I knew getting rid of P.Kendall was a bad move we should have paid him. If Chad gets hurt I’m gonna flip out.

  5. By Charles Fuente on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    I hope this ain’t previews of what’s going to happen this year. What the heck are they doing on D-fence. The seondary looks lost Eli is having way to much time to throw the ball D line needs to step up. Harris and Revis look good but they can’t cover everyone. O-line is not giving Chad time.

  6. By Drew on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    Maybe Revis can play LG…… He cannot do any worse than Bender and he seems to have the CB position down already. This guy is going to be a great player, D. Harris looks very solid again. How are you holding up Randy??

  7. By Joe on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    Bender got horribly beaten on one play, but I didn’t notice any other glaring mistakes. The guy is a 6th round pick for goodness sake! Let’s give him a chance. It’s D’Brickashaw that everyone should be concerned about. He looks like a bust to me. The Jets O-Line is flat out terrible.

  8. By Joe on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    On a positive note, Revis and Harris both look like the real deal – tough, smart football players. The Jets haven’t had a pass rush since they shipped off John Abraham, which of course was a good move as the guy can’t stay healthy. But, getting a pass rush has to be an off-season priority.

  9. By Ira on Aug 25, 2007 | Reply

    Both lines were pushed all over the field. Harris is also going to be a stud. Schotty pulled in the O and kept things simple just to protect Chad. Don’t judge what you saw tonight. But there is concern. Revis is all over the field. Right now he is the best tackler on the team from what i see.

  10. By Eric on Aug 26, 2007 | Reply

    Guys… RELAX! It’s still preseason! We are playing the Giants this season too. I doubt we were going to show them anything but a vanilla gameplan anyway, and as for the comment about Ferguson… he was very good last year. It would a bit odd if three preseason games made him a bust.

  11. By THE COACH on Aug 28, 2007 | Reply

    Lets look at the facts. Clarke has not had a bad preseason. He went against a pro-bowl tackle in the Viking’s game and pretty much held his own. Not to mention the Atlanta game where he had a number of pancake blocks. The guy was out out of the nfl from a spinal injury and has come back to dominate.

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