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QB: Eli Manning Passing: 7-14-62-0 TD / 1 INT-  Sans Hakeem Nicks, the Giants came out with their first team offense and participated in three drives. During his first drive, Manning orchestrated a 12-play drive, which included a critical special teams penalty on Joe McKnight that kept the drive alive. Following three straight completions to Victor Cruz, which were mitigated by penalties, and one short dump off to Martellus Bennett, Lawrence Tynes booted a 35-yard field goal to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. In his second drive, Manning barely missed on a touchdown strike to Victor Cruz on a third-and-one from the 16 yard line. Some will argue that corner back Kyle Wilson held Cruz, but the referee did not throw the flag. The Giants converted the fourth-and-one as Manning found Domenik Hixon, who was closely covered by Darrelle Revis, for a short four-yard strike to pick up the first down. Once again, the Giants failed to score a red zone touchdown and settled for a 30-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal to gain a 6-0 advantage. On his final drive, Manning threw an errant pass that was intercepted by safety, LaRon Landry. Despite orchestrating two lengthy drives, the interception capped a frustrating night for Manning.

RB: Ahmad Bradshaw Rushing: 3-2-0 After taking his third carry, Bradshaw left the game and went to the locker room with an apparent hand injury. X-Rays came back negative, however a cyst on his hand was broken open. Bradshaw is not expected to miss any time, but Giant fans are beginning to wonder if Bradshaw is made of glass. Bradshaw has played through chronic foot issues before, but can he effectively carry the football and take hits with a hand injury? We will see.

RB: Danny Ware Rushing: 11-15-0; Receiving 0-0 (1 Target) Ware came in for the injured Bradshaw, but didn’t find much running room. Ware broke off one nice run of seven yards, but was quickly corralled by the Jet defense. With Wilson still learning the Giant offense and Bradshaw removing himself from the game, Ware simply served a stop-gap option.

RB: David Wilson Rushing: 8-26-0 Alike Ware, Wilson did not find much running room against the stout Jet defense. Wilson was able to slash his way for two first downs, but he looked timid at times as he broke the line of scrimmage. In addition, Wilson looked a bit dumbfounded in pass blocking situations. If Wilson wants to become a substantial part of the Giant offense, he must improve his pass blocking. Wilson was utilized as the team’s kick-off return man, however, he did not have an opportunity to return a kick.

WR: Victor Cruz Receiving: 5-51-0 (8 targets) With Nicks sidelined, Cruz was the team’s top passing option, garnering eight of fourteen possible targets from Manning.  The Jet secondary took turns covering the Paterson, NJ product, and Cruz made the most of his non-Revis match-ups. As noted above, Cruz hauled in three straight passes from Manning and had a touchdown catch unjustly ripped away by Wilson. It was an impressive performance by Cruz and Nicks’ imminent return will only enhance the Giants’ passing attack.

WR: Rueben Randle Receiving: 1-49 (2 targets) Even though Randle took the field with David Carr and the second team offense, he made his presence felt. Carr and Randle hooked up for a 49-yard strike down the left sideline. Randle chose to wear #82 and his big play reminded many of another #82 (Mario Manningham) who stepped up for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

TE: Martellus Bennett Receiving: 1-7 (1 target) Manning found Bennett for seven yards on a third-and-ten from the Jet 24 yard-line, setting up Tynes’ first field goal of the evening.

Others: In the fourth quarter, running back, Joe Martinek hauled in a swing pass from third-string quarterback, Ryan Perrilloux and scampered 14 yards for a touchdown. Martinek’s score was the only offensive touchdown of the game. 

Kicker Lawrence Tynes successfully booted four field goal attempts.

QB: Mark Sanchez Passing: 9-11-59 0 TD / 1 INT- Despite completing nine of his eleven passes, Sanchez was sacked three times, failed to convert any of his six third down opportunities, and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Sanchez did not have Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, or Chaz Schillens, but frankly, it didn’t really matter. The play by the Jet offensive line, namely Wayne Hunter, was down right embarrassing. Hunter gave way to two ugly sacks and had a third waved off due to a defensive penalty. Sanchez was constantly under duress and the sloppy offensive line play is to blame. Through two pre-season games, Sanchez’s offense has yet to register a touchdown.

QB: Tim Tebow– Passing: 5-14-69 0 TD /0 INT; Rushing: 2-5-0 Alike Sanchez, Tebow was constantly under duress. Tebow’s most memorable play happened in the fourth quarter when Giants’ safety, Will Hill rushed in unblocked and sacked him. Somehow, Tebow was able to get up, but this hit was a microcosm of how poor the Jets’ blocking adjustments were. In addition, Tebow under threw a wide-open Stephen Hill in the end zone on a second-and-ten from the Giants 25-yard-line. That drive resulted in a Josh Brown field goal, the Jets’ only points of the game. While Tebow’s 5-for-14 effort appears terrible, five of his nine incompletions were drops by receivers. In addition, Tebow threw two balls out of bounds rather than forcing the ball into tight coverage.

Overall, it was a very poor showing from the Jet quarterbacks. Despite some poor decisions, the quarterback duo absorbed seven sacks. If the Jets don’t solve their offensive line woes, it won’t matter which quarterback is under center.

RB: Shonn Greene– Rushing: 11-36-0; Receiving: 2-9-0 (2 targets) When the offense isn’t scoring, it’s difficult to find bright spots. However, Greene ran with some authority, registering five plays of five yards or more. While these plays alone aren’t going to win games, Greene’s tenacity cannot be overlooked. As pure runner, Greene is not dynamic, but given the Jets desire to run a ‘vanilla offense’, Greene can gain three-to-four yards per carry.

WR: Jordan White– Receiving: 3-28-0 (4 targets) White started in place of the injured Santonio Holmes and instantly became Sanchez’s favorite target. White hauled in three of his four targets, which included an impressive catch over safety, Antrell Rolle. Prior to the game, White was dealing with some swelling in his knee, so his condition is worth monitoring. Should Holmes not be ready for Week 1, White will start in his place.

WR: Stephen Hill– Receiving: 2-21-0 (3 targets) Hill started the game with Tebow and the Jets’ second team offense. On the first passing play, Tebow threw a pinpoint pass to Hill along the right sideline. A few plays later, Hill was wide open in the end zone, but Tebow underthrew him.

Last season with the Broncos, Tebow had a propensity for locking onto his larger receivers. Hill resembles Tebow’s favorite Denver target, Demaryius Thomas, and the two could form a nice repertoire.

TE: Dustin Keller– Receiving: 2-9-0 (2 targets) Keller was able to make two nice grabs over the middle of the field, but was not heavily featured. With Holmes out with an injury, many assumed Keller would be featured. Look for him to be more involved this week against the Carolina Panthers.

Others: Running back, Bilal Powell played with the second team offense. Powell demonstrated patience and explosion behind a leaky Jet offensive line. Powell ran six times for 21 yards. Powell’s running back counterpart, Joe McKnight, only mustered three yards on three carries.

Through two preseason games, the New York Jets have failed to score an offensive touchdown. While most will argue that the preseason is meaningless, the Jets’ futile offensive showing is troublesome. During last night’s 26-3 loss to the Giants, the Jets gave up seven total sacks and looked like the league’s worst offense. The Jets’ first team offense went 0-for-6 on third downs, allowed three sacks, and were stymied twice on third-and-one and fourth-and-one. While Mark Sanchez completed 9-of-11 pass attempts, one of his errant passes was intercepted by Giants’ rookie, Jayron Hosley and returned for a touchdown.

After Sanchez’s lackluster performance, some Jet fans began to clamor for Tim Tebow. However, Tebow wasn’t much better, completing just 5-of-14 pass attempts and short hopping a wide open Stephen Hill in the end zone. 

After the first team offense was taken out, Shonn Greene was visually upset on the sidelines. Greene stated that he was ‘very concerned’ that the offense hasn’t scored yet. While Rex and Sanchez claim they ‘aren’t too worried yet’, the Carolina Panthers are coming to town next weekend. The third pre-season game is the ‘dress rehearsal’ game where the starters see extended action. While the Panthers present some challenges on both sides of the ball, New York’s Week 1 match-up against the Bills is only three weeks away. The Jets better find their way into the end zone or it’ll be an extremely long, frustrating season. 

Last week, I covered the primary New York Giants skill position players. This week, it’s time to focus on the New York Jets. As a whole, I don’t see much upside with the Jet offense. The Jets will deal with weekly questions at quarterback, so the supporting skill positions will see a lot of uncertainty on a week-to-week basis. To start it off, I’ll profile the Jets’ ‘bell cow’ running back, Shonn Greene.

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So far, we’ve looked at the Giants team dynamic. Today, we’ll shift our focus to little brother and their dynamic on offense. Without further delay, here is your 2012 New York Jets team report for offense.

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This is the biggest game of the season for the New York Jets. Installed as a 1.5 point favorite at home, the Jets will look to built off their last two wins and take first place of the AFC East. The Patriots are coming off a last second defeat to the Giants and will look to seek revenge against the city of New York. There’s no love loss between these two clubs as their Week 5 showdown was extremely physical. Two key match-ups stand out for this game. The winner of these match-ups will lead their team to victory:

Could It Be Shonn?--AP Photo

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No one AND I MEAN NO ONE circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.

The 4-3 Buffalo Bills have been one of the AFC’s biggest surprises this season. Led by perennial MVP candidate Fred Jackson, the Bills offense has been extremely impressive, putting up 380 total yards per game (10th best). The 4-3 New York Jets, led by perennial coach of the year candidate, Rex Ryan, have watched their defense improve week after week. The Jets are yielding 196.7 total yards per game through the air (7th best) and are coming off a huge home win against the San Diego Chargers. With the Patriots losing last weekend, these two teams are only a game out of first place. Which team will inch closer to playoffs after Sunday’s game?

Shonn Running Like Its 2009--AP Photo

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I never liked Plaxico Burress. I never liked his antics, demeanor, or his style of play. However, Jet fans loved Plax today as he hauled in one two three touchdown passes in the Jets 27-21 win against the San Diego Chargers. The Jets were in a ‘must-win’ situation and took care of their business. They are now 4-0 at home this season.

Plax--Reuters Photos

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The New York Jets avoided a PR crisis tonight after beating the hapless, awful, atrocious Miami Dolphins, 24-6. The score does not indicate the Jet dominance. It indicates the ineptness of the Miami offense. Quarterback Matt Moore targeted Revis Island’s main squeeze, Brandon Marshall, eleven times but paid for it heavily early in the first quarter. With his team in the red zone, Moore threw an interception to Darrelle Revis that was ran back for a score. The Jet would utilize other big plays in the win, but overall suckiness of the offense was startling. Despite the lopsided score, the Dolphins out-rushed the Jets, 118-104 and out-gained them, 308-296 in terms of total yardage. With the win, the Jets improve to 3-3 overall and 3-0 at the house that Fireman Ed built…

That Hack Fireman Ed--AP Photo

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Plain and simple. The New York Jets are not a good football team.

The New York Jets gave an absolutely dreadful effort in front of the ENTIRE nation on Sunday Night Football. The Baltimore Ravens kicked the Jets’s ass up and down the field enroute to a 34-17 victory. Mark Sanchez, who completed only 30% of his pass attempts, accounted for three turnovers and 119 yards in the loss. The Jets run game was non-existent, totaling only 38 yards. Hell, the Jet offense was so bad that they only got within the 20-yard line once! The Jets failed to do any of the three game keys I highlighted last week. With the ugly loss, the Jets fall to 2-2 (0-2 on the road). Put your helmet on because some hard hitting analysis is coming after the jump…

Down Goes Mark--Getty Images

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Hard hits. Battered bodies. No love loss.

Expect all of this and more as the Jets head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. The 2-1 Ravens are coming off a 37-7 thumping of the St. Louis Rams while the 2-1 Jets were gashed by the Oakland Raider rushing attack. Last season, the Ravens beat the Jets 10-9 in a very, very sloppy game where the Jets drew 14 penalties. The Ravens held the Jets to 174 total yards, allowing Mark Sanchez to throw for just 74 yards. Anquan Boldin gave Antonio Cromartie fits, torching him for 110 yards. Here are three keys to the game and reasons why the Jets will fall to 2-2 this Sunday.

Ray Is Coming For You, Rex--AP Photo

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