The MetLife “Snoopy Bowl” took place at MetLife stadium on Saturday between the New York Giants and New York Jets. Both New York teams looked pitiful, possibly a sign of things to come this season, in what was an ugly game from start to finish. The Jets managed to win, 24-21, in overtime (seriously, overtime in the pre-season? What’s with that?!).
For those of you who were fortunate to have missed this sloppy game, here is a synopsis of the ups and downs.
David Wilson - The explosive second year runningback out of Virginia Tech was the lone bright spot for the Giants offense. The highlight of the night for the GMEN was Wilson’s 84 yard touchdown run on the first play of the game for big blue. I wrote about seeing Wilson’s incredible speed in person at practice last week, and boy was it on display early Saturday night against the Jets. As long as he can stay healthy, I believe Wilson is in for a HUGE year.
Mark Herzlich - Herzlich is in a battle for the starting middle linebacker job with Dan Connor and up until Saturday, had been losing. Well, Herzlich easily had his best performance of the pre-season, leading the Giants with 9 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 pass defensed (he also forced Geno Smith to step out of the back of the endzone causing a safety). It was encouraging to see this type of performance from him.
- Kyle Bosworth - Bosworth was on the roster bubble, but had his finest performance of training camp. He was all over the field on Saturday, recording 7 total tackles and 2 QB hits. He definitely helped his case to make the final 53-man roster.
Giants offensive line - Jim Cordle looked lost replacing David Baas at center. Justin Pugh looked overmatched throughout the night. All told, the offensive line allowed 4 sacks and 6 QB hits. The only positive thing I have to say about the group is that at least they didn’t get Eli injured, yet.
- Da’Rel Scott - Scott fumbled on the first possession of overtime which should have led to the game winning field goal by the Jets. Scott has had a very underwhelming pre-season and is very unlikely to make the final 53-man roster.
Brandon Meyers - Another very quiet performance (1 catch for 5 yards) by the Giants free agent tight end. Hopefully, the Giants are just trying not to tip their hands, but to me it seems like Meyers is having issues picking up the offense.
Another pre-season game, another awful performance by the Giants offense. If the offensive line doesn’t get their act together, the Giants aren’t going anywhere this year. At least the Giants should be more entertaining to watch than the Jets. Boy, are they one poorly run team.
For a more in-depth recap of the game, be sure to check out T Kaz’s pre-season week three recap.
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