Giants-Jets: Big Blue Acts Part of Defending Super Bowl Champs in 26-3 Stomping

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IAugust 18, 2012

Aug. 18, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs with the ball as New York Jets defensive back Yeremiah Bell (37) gives chase during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Normally, I'm not that big into preseason games. But tonight, I had quite an interest.

All week, the local media was talking about the MetLife Bowl that would take place between the New York Giants and New York Jets Saturday night.

Its level of importance was nowhere near as high as the game that was played back on Christmas Eve during Week 16, but this one was more important to the fans in the New Jersey and New York area.

On Saturday night, the Giants played the part of defending Super Bowl champions, while the Jets looked like the little brothers that just got slapped around.

In the first half, there wasn't a whole lot of offense on display; Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes had most of the points for a while with a 35-yard field goal and a 30-yard field goal, which made it 6-0.

In the first half, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz looked sharp as he caught five passes for 51 yards.

In the second quarter, you saw two big plays made by the respective secondaries.

Eli Manning tried to force the ball downfield, which was intercepted by LaRon Landry. The Jets were unable to do anything with the turnover and got stuffed trying to convert a fourth-down attempt.

Late in the second quarter, Mark Sanchez tried to get the ball to one of his receivers, but was picked off by rookie Jayron Hosley who returned it for a 76-yard touchdown, putting the Giants up 13-0.

Hosley read Sanchez on the play the whole time and looked like a veteran by making a nice pick.

In the second half, the Giants defense saw Tim Tebow and put him on his back a lot, sacking him four times as he was 5-for-14 with 69 yards.

Tebow made a couple of nice throws on his first series with the offense, but after that, he spent the rest of the time running for his life against the Giants' defensive line.

There was one point in the second half where backup safety Will Hill blitzed the line, went unblocked and absolutely destroyed Tebow for a sack.

Hill has really made his case to make the team, especially with the suspension to Tyler Sash for four games. In fact, do not be surprised if Hill is on the roster come September 5 against the Cowboys.

The Giants' defense recorded seven sacks against the Jets, making Gang Green's offensive line look absolutely atrocious; on one play, Jason Pierre-Paul just manhandled Wayne Hunter out of his way to sack Sanchez.

As great as JPP looked on the play, Hunter looked downright awful.

On offense, rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle continues his bid for the No. 3 receiver spot on the team, making a nice 49-yard catch over the middle of the field.

If Randle makes plays like that on a consistent basis, Mario Manningham won't be missed for one second in 2012.

In the end, the Giants embarrassed the Jets in the second preseason game 26-3 to win the MetLife Bowl.

For a team that had all of the media attention surrounding them during the offseason, the Jets sure didn't look like they were ready to play an NFL football game.

On the other side, the Giants went about their business like they were the defending champions and played like they were supposed to.

The Giants don't shoot their mouths off through the media; instead, they like to do their talking on the field and simply dominated the Jets on Saturday night.

Sure, it's only preseason, and there's a lot to be learned from the first two weeks and two games, but the Giants have looked good.

They had a 24-14 lead against the Jaguars in the first game and then had a 13-0 lead against the Jets in the second one.

The Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin can feel good after what he saw tonight from his team, while Jets head coach Rex Ryan will be going back to the drawing board to figure out what to do for 2012.

Oh, and the "Tim Tebow Show" was no match for Big Blue's defense.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.