Jets rally late for 31-27 win over the Giants in preseason finale; now come the cuts
The Jets and the Giants took two completely different approaches to Sunday’s preseason finale.
Gang Green used Sunday’s sport as a gown rehearsal after most starters didn’t play within the first two preseason video games. The Giants opted to relaxation plenty of their veterans, together with quarterback Daniel Jones.
After successful the Snoopy Bowl final season, the Jets prolonged their successful streak towards the Giants as they got here away with the 31-27 victory at MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon.
”I believed we bought sufficient work in,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh mentioned about his offense. “The goal was to get our O-Line on the market for the primary time and go execute one of the simplest ways we all know how.
”I felt like they moved the ball properly. A sloppy turnover from Michael [Carter], the fumble and a sloppy interception with Joe [Flacco], that half must be higher.
“Overall, it was necessary to get these guys on the football field.”
Now the eye of each groups turns to finalizing their rosters. NFL groups should be right down to 53 gamers by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Jets had been on the lookout for some momentum with the beginning of the common season two weeks away. It was a blended bag offensively for Flacco and the Jets’ first-team offense.
Flacco accomplished 7 of 12 passes for 76 yards and the interception. After not taking part in within the first two preseason video games, Flacco and the Jets offense had been capable of transfer the ball however couldn’t discover the tip zone. Mike White got here in for Flacco within the second quarter and accomplished 13 of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
”Obviously, the turnovers stick out,” Flacco mentioned. “But after we look again on the movie, we had the ball, we ran the ball and we had some constructive runs.
”I believe that was the primary factor apart from the turnovers. If you have a look at the primary drive, we had 11 performs. Trying to get as a lot as we will from our run sport. When that occurs, you possibly can see the place this offense can go.”
On the Giants facet, issues weren’t significantly better for Tyrod Taylor, who began for Jones. He accomplished 2 of 4 passes for 29 yards earlier than leaving the game due to a back injury after a success from Jets defensive finish Micheal Clemons. Taylor was later carted to the Giants’ locker room and didn’t return.
Davis Webb, who got here in for Taylor, accomplished 14 of 19 passes for 88 yards, primarily towards the Jets’ second and third-team gamers.
The story of the day was the efficiency of disgruntled Jets large receiver Denzel Mims, who requested a trade earlier in the week. He recorded seven catches for 102 yards and a fourth-quarter landing to tie the sport.
Mims says it felt nice to have the ability to rating his first TD and get right into a groove through the ultimate preseason sport.
”I’m hungry, I’m simply actually hungry,” Mims mentioned. “I just wanted to go out there and show everyone what I can do.”
The Jets’ protection was spectacular within the first half as they held the Giants backup offense to solely three factors. They additionally solely allowed 98 offensive yards from scrimmage.
On the sport’s first possession, Flacco and the offense moved the ball properly. However, in enemy territory, Carter fumbled on the Giants’ 29-yard line as Micah McFadden’s restoration ended the drive.
Big Blue’s offense additionally struggled on its second drive as Taylor threw an interception to Michael Carter II. The Jets transformed that turnover right into a 49-yard subject aim by Greg Zuerlein, which gave them a 3-0 lead.
With Webb below heart, the Giants lastly bought on the board early within the second quarter on a Ryan Santoso 36-yard subject aim that tied the sport.
With the shortage of productiveness on the scoreboard, the Jets stored their starters within the sport early within the second quarter. But the group failed to supply a landing once more as Flacco scrambled out of the pocket and threw a pick-6 to Austin Calitro, which gave the Giants a 10-3 lead.
On the Jets’ subsequent possession, with White and the second group offense on the sector, they drove 75 yards on eight performs which resulted in a Braxton Berrios 20-yard landing which helped the sport draw even at 10-10.
White elevated Gang Green’s lead on a five-play, 65-yard drive that ended together with his TD go to Jeff Smith giving Saleh’s group a 17-10 lead at halftime.
After the halftime break, the Giants tied the sport once more at 17-17 on a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a landing run by Jashaun Corbin.
To start the fourth quarter with the sport nonetheless tied, Webb threw a strike to tight finish Austin Allen that gave the Giants a 24-17 lead. In the fourth quarter on Chris Streveler’s first drive of the sport, he accomplished a 29-yard landing go to Mims that tied the sport 24-24.
With 2:02 to go within the sport, Santoso kicked a 49-yard subject aim that gave the Giants a 27-24 lead. But the Jets responded as Streveler drove the group down the sector in 10-plays as he accomplished a game-winning TD go to Calvin Jackson.
”The finish of this sport was sort of loopy,” Streveler mentioned. “Just taking place, put a landing up and them taking place they usually put a subject aim and to have one other alternative in a two-minute drive. Calvin [Jackson] scored on that very same play in Philadelphia.
”Just plenty of guys being in the best place making performs and it’s the most enjoyable technique to win a sport like that.”
The Jets will host the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium to start the season on Sept. 11.
The Giants will journey to Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 11.