Favored New York Jets Fall To New York Giants In New Meadowlands Opener

August 17, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The New York Jets came on the field in Monday Night Football’s debut to prove they belong back in the AFC championship game. The New York Giants are preparing for their own conquest of the NFC, and defeated the Jets in their pre-season opener. Viewers watching “Hard Knocks” on HBO will get to see how Rex Ryan approaches camp after their first loss.

The Giants got a scare early in the game when their starting quarterback, Eli Manning, suffered a sizable gash on his forehead. The Giants lead early, lost the lead, but eventually came back to overcome the underdog status placed on them by 2010 NFL betting odds.

The Giants led off the game poorly with Ahmad Bradshaw losing four yards on the first play of the game. Two incomplete passes from Manning led to a early punt. Mark Sanchez also made a mistake on the Jets’ first drive, throwing an interception to Antrel Rolle. The early turnover led to a Brandon Jacobs one-yard touchdown run to give the Giants an early lead. Sanchez made up for his interception with a long scoring drive. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson helped Sanchez along the way before a four-yard touchdown pass to Brad Smith tied the game at seven. Green is considered the starter according to the 2010 New York Jets team preview, but Tomlinson is expected to spell him for a considerable amount of carries. After the next Giants’ drive stalled, the Eric Smith blocked their punt to give the Jets the ball on the Giants’ 14-yard line. Tomlinson took the ball into the endzone on the very next play, but it was called back for offensive holding. Nick Folk kicked a 36-yard field goal to put the Jets ahead 10-7 at the half.

The first drive of the second quarter ended on the Jets’ five-yard line when Manning fumbled the ball after getting hit in the back by Jim Leonhard. That was the last play for Manning in the game as the giant cut on his forehead started bleeding profusely. Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10. Sanchez and Tomlinson led the Jets down the field on a 74-yard drive that resulted in a Folk field goal. The next drives for the two teams stalled and the half ended on a Jim Sorgi incomplete pass to Danny Ware. The 2010 New York Giants team preview has Sorgi listed as second on the quarterbacks depth chart.

Kellen Clemmons led the Jets offense on a 56-yard drive down the field to set up a Folk field goal. Joe McKnight got the majority of the carries as Tomlinson took the rest of the night off. The Giants took the lead when Sorgi hooked up with Victor Cruz for a 64-yard touchdown pass. Cruz would tear up the the Jets’ secondary in the game for 145 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

The first drive of the fourth quarter ended with another Sorgi pass to Cruz, this time for a 34-yard touchdown pass. Kevin O’Connell came into the game for the Jets to try and spark the offense, but thew an interception to D.J. Johnson. Rhett Bomar finished the game for the Giants at quarterback. Cruz caught another touchdown pass from five-yards out. O’Connell did his best to get the Jets into the endzone with a nine-yard scramble, but the play was reversed when the replay showed he stepped out of bounds. The drive fell apart on an intentional grounding penalty, and an interception by Sha’reff Rashad. Bomar took a knee with the Giants leading 31-16 to end the game.

Bodog sportsbook set the Giants as three-point underdogs, but they overcame that to defeat the Giants by 15. The 41 points scored in the game was more than enough to earn bettors betting the over a win.

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