The New York Giants played visitor in their own house on Friday night against the New York Jets in their annual preseason “MetLife Bowl.”
Out of the gate, the Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold looked dominant, driving the ball 75 yards down the field with relative ease for an opening-series score.
However, that would be the extent of Gang Green’s offense on the night, as the Giants’ first-team defense buckled down and held them out of the endzone for the remainder of the first half. That carried over into the second half as Giants reserves came up big, stalling a late-fourth quarter drive at the goal line.
Darnold finished the game going 8-of-16 for 86 yards and one touchdown — almost all of which came on the game’s opening drive.
On the other side of the field, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, whom many wanted Danold to replace, looked like a two-time Super Bowl MVP despite being without running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who each failed to take a single snap.
Manning finished the game going 17-of-23 for 188 yards and no turnovers.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard accounted for most of Manning’s yards, hauling in seven receptions for 78 yards. Fellow wide receiver Cody Latimer also hauled in a big pass off of Manning’s arm, gaining 54 yards on a deep pass in the first half.
The only Giants touchdown of the game came courtesy of punt returner Hunter Sharp, who returned one 55 yards for a score. It was a much-needed boost for the struggling young wideout and the first touchdown the Jets surrendered this preseason.
Defensively, the Giants held the Jets to 230 total yards, including just 66 yards on the ground.
Kerry Wynn continued his strong preseason with another sack, while Olivier Vernon accounted for a pressure or two. Landon Collins also made a few standout plays, which comes as little surprise at this point in his career.
Meanwhile, Aldrick Rosas likely put the finishing touches on the kicking job, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts and converting the Giants’ lone point after attempt of the game.
The Giants will wrap up the preseason next Friday night against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.