A weekend of hope and excitement for New York football fans. The New York Jets squared off against the New York Giants, losing 21-20. Giants won the snoopy bowl, but they still have plenty of work to do. Offensively they look awful, defensively it did well against the Jets. Overall, both teams made some strides including the Jets, who finally saw progress in rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg. But here are some things to take away from the game heading into the regular season.
1. Jets Defense Dominated Giants Offense
All of the starters played the first half, and the Jets defense dominated. They made the Giants offense look like a huge disaster, not running or making plays effectively. Eli Manning looked uncomfortable in the pocket, throwing a pick to Darrelle Revis. The front seven of the Jets defense put so much pressure that made their receivers look lost and annoyed. Victor Cruz finally made his debut and look solid, but was slowed down by the Jets defense. Todd Bowles works these players hard, knowing their potential for this season, and putting it together. Lets see where they stand in the first six games of their tough regular season.
2. Giants Fans Should Be Excited About The Defense
Although the Giants offense needs work and life, defense looks to be on track. General manager Jerry Reese made a priority on improving their historically bad defense, signing players such as Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon. They hold the Jets to seven points, and even made interceptions from the backups after the starters were out. If the Giants want to secure a postseason berth, defense needs to be consistent. Hopefully it propels them into Super Bowl contenders.
3. Christian Hackenberg Finally Made His Debut
Jets fans finally get to see Christian Hackenberg on the field. Electricity went through the roof of the rookie quarterback making a precision throw on time in rhythm. He not only made good reads, but displayed composure and patience, something most quarterbacks don’t have. When Hackenberg threw his first touchdown, it was something special to see. Despite his first drive, he threw a pick and didn’t score then. But looking at him so far, a year of learning from Ryan Fitzpatrick and others benefits his development as a possible franchise quarterback.