Both New York football teams came away with victories in Week 2. The Jets flew past the Jaguars, 32-3 while the Giants sloppily beat the Rams, 28-16. The Jets forced four Jaguars turnovers and took advantage of short fields to pace their victory. The Giants allowed Sam Bradford to throw for 336 yards, but Mr. Tuck introduced himself to Bradford, registering 1.5 sacks and four solo tackles. A win is a win, but both teams clearly have some room for improvement as they hit the road for Week 3.

Mike Francesa' s Favorite Player--Antonio Cromatie (AP Photo)

The New York Football Jets

I previewed this game earlier last week and given the weak nature of this opponent, there really wasn’t much to say.

1. Horrible QB Play: Luke McCown (referred to as ‘McClown’ for the purposes of this article) was about as bad as he could be. McClown completed only 6 of 19 passes and threw four interceptions. He finished with a 1.8 quarterback rating which is one of the lowest ratings I’ve ever seen. McClown is the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. Goodbye, McClown.

Despite the lopsided score, the Jets did not dominate this game. Despite tossing TDs to Keller and Santonier, Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions and was on the receiving end of big hits. A scary moment happened in the fourth quarterback when a blitzing Jaguar hit the Sanchize and he landed on his shoulder. The Jets offensive line was disappointing, which leads me to my next point.

TD by Santonier--AP Photo

2. No Ground Domination?: In such a lopsided game, fans would expect the team’s primary ball carrier to chew up the clock. Well, that didn’t happen. Shonn Greene ran for 49 yards on 16 carries (3.1 YPC) and had a touchdown that was set up by a long Antonio Cromartie interception return. With every passing week, Greene keeps confirming to me and the rest of New York that he isn’t a feature back. There is no explosiveness and he sure isn’t Brandon Jacobs. 

Are there any other options, though? LT2 is on his last legs and Joe McKnight was uninspiring on six carries (14 yards). Keep an eye on rookie Bilal Powell. He hasn’t been given an opportunity yet, but with such mediocre play in front of him, he may get his chance soon enough.

3. Injuries: The most noteworthy news came on the injury front. All-Pro center, Nick Mangold left in the first quarter with a high ankle injury. Mangold is expected to miss at least two games and hopes to return for their Week 5 tilt against the Patriots.

Not A Good Sign For Gang Green--AP Photo

What’s Next?: The Jets will fly out to Oakland to play against a Raider team that scored 35 points against the Bills. Expect Darren McFadden (300 total yards in his first two games) to be the main focus of Rex Ryan’s game plan.

The New York Football Giants

The New York Football Giants beat the Rams, but this was the definition of a sloppy win.

Eli Throwing Off His Back Foot--AP Photo

1. Sloppy Play by Eli: Eli threw an early interception, but completed 18 of his 29 passes for 200 yards and 2 TDs. We saw the classic ‘Clueless Eli’ face on more than one occasion. Despite some shortcomings, Eli had his moments. He and Hakeem Nicks hooked up on a nice three-yard TD in the first. Dominick Hixon made a circus catch for a touchdown in the 2nd. Eli’s performance can be summed up as sloppy, but his receivers bailed him out on the touchdown plays. 

2. Good Ground Game: Ahmad Bradshaw compiled 104 total yards and Brandon Jacobs ran for 51 more yards. It wasn’t the dominating ground attack that I was expecting, but the Rams defense deserves a lot of credit. James Lauranitis was all over the place, recording 14 tackles and stopping Jacobs on a key fourth down in the fourth quarter.

3. Injuries Galore: The injuries were apparent for both teams, but every team is dealing with injuries. The Giant win wasn’t a good one, but it counts on the left side. They need to tighten up for a big match-up next week.

4. Welcome Back, Mr. Tuck: Justin Tuck is a scary man. Given his speed and versatility, he’s one of the toughest linemen to defend in football. Mentioned above, he sacked Bradford twice and was constantly in his face. His return relieved some pressure from JPP, who picked up 0.5 sacks. This duo is fearsome and adding Osi in next week will create even more issues.  The defensive touchdown was nice, but Tuck’s defense needs more stops on third down. 

Mr. Tuck Was All Over The Place--AP Photo

What’s Next?: The Giants will take a bus down I-95 to the city of Brotherly Love to take on the Michael Vick-less Eagles. Both teams are looking up at your first place Washington Redskins.