Final Score: NY Jets 24, NY Giants 21

Al Bello

Geno struggles, Sanchez injured. Is there a QB in the building?

Geno Smith struggled mightily in his first extended action and likely lost his chance to start Game 1.  He looked exactly the way you might expect a raw rookie to look.  Late throws, bad reads, turnovers galore, running out of the back of the end zone - it looked a whole lot like Sanchez circa 2009.  It actually was brutal.  With Sanchez sustaining a shoulder injury in the game, we may be looking at McElroy to start the season.  Stay tuned.

Other items of note:

Kyle Wilson played  worse than I would ever have imagined.  A nightmare game for Wilson.  On the bright side, Darrin Walls continued his brilliant preseason.  Right now he is our second best cornerback.

Antonio Allen was repeatedly burned in coverage.  His starting spot should be in danger.

Damon Harrison played his finest game as a pro.  He was active, looked athletic, and was in the Giants' backfield all night.  For the first time since he's been a Jet, Harrison looked like a legitimate starting nose tackle.

Sheldon Richardson also impressed with his play and made Eli Manning pay a price more than once.

Antonio Garay's only playing time came in mop up duty with the scrubs.  I think his roster spot is very much in danger.

After the opening Giants' TD the Jets first team defense settled down and was impressive in limiting a potent Giants attack the rest of the way.

Stephen Hill was more of a factor than at any time since Opening Day last year.  Then he ruined it all with a terrible turnover.

Ben Obomanu was heavily involved with the first team offense and caught the only TD pass.  If Braylon doesn't make the team we may see quite a bit of Obomanu.

Mark Sanchez with a sack and another awful turnover, fumbling the shotgun snap on his first drive.  Then he takes a big hit to his throwing shoulder and is knocked out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury.  The QB position is just a disaster.

Matt Simms with a bullet TD pass to Ryan Spadola.  And a ridiculous excessive celebrating penalty call by the officials.  Total B.S. call.

Tom Coughlin incredibly, inexplicably makes a bizarre 4th down decision to kick a field goal.  Then calls timeout with 17 seconds left on the clock and the Jets on fourth down, desperately trying to find a way to pull out the crucial preseason victory.  Nothing like extended overtime watching scrubs compete in a meaningless game.  Unreal.  In a bit of bad karma, the Giant's kickoff returner Scott sustains an injury on the opening kickoff return in OT.

None of our kickers can kick straight.

Those are my strongest initial impressions.  More later in my in depth recap.

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