EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- At least Jay Feely was perfect.
The Giants kicker made all five of his field goal attempts,
helping his team beat the crosstown rival New York Jets 15-14 in an
ugly preseason game Friday night. The teams combined for eight
turnovers and zero offensive touchdowns.
Michael Strahan, playing with strained rib cartilage, added a
forced fumble and interception for the Giants (2-1).
"This was a night when the special teams had to come through,"
said Feely, who connected from 52, 21, 54, 35 and 33 yards. "It
doesn't mean a whole lot, but it gives our team confidence in their
kicker -- and maybe it moves me up in some fantasy league drafts."
It was the first meeting between the teams since the
much-publicized brawl during a joint practice earlier this month in
Albany, N.Y. Everyone played nice during the game, but the play
itself was far from that.
With Eli Manning out because of a sprained elbow and Chad
Pennington playing poorly, there were no highlights from either
offense. The Giants had five turnovers, including four lost
fumbles. The Jets (2-1) had six total first downs and, including
one in the second half, and managed 109 yards of total offense.
Pennington looked out of sorts, throwing two uncharacteristic
interceptions into the end zone and losing a fumble when Strahan
hit him from behind.
Pennington's performance was a vast difference from his play
last week against the Vikings, when he had just one incompletion
and threw a touchdown pass in his first game since offseason
shoulder surgery. Pennington finished 5-of-11 for 36 yards Friday,
and a quarterback rating of 14.
"We just couldn't get anything going offensively," Jets coach
Herman Edwards said. "When we did, we turned the ball over. We're
fortunate the game was that close."
Pennington's second interception set off a wild sequence.
On first-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter, Pennington
tried to soft toss a pass to tight end Chris Baker. Strahan jumped
in front for the interception.
"I rushed it and the ball came out flat," Pennington said.
"It's one of those passes you'd like to have a string on it. You
want to pull it back as quickly as you let it go."
Instead of taking a knee, Strahan ran the ball out of the end
zone for 1 yard, putting his offense in a huge hole. On the next
play, Tim Hasselbeck tried to hand off to Mike Cloud, but the two
players ran into each other. The ball squirted into the end zone,
and Bryan Thomas recovered to give the Jets a 7-6 lead.
"I didn't know where I was. If I would have realized where I
was when I caught it, I would have just fallen," Strahan said.
"That was the smart thing to do."
Hasselbeck, who started in place of Manning, also lost two
fumbles and threw an interception, finishing 9-of-17 for 85 yards.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin is still confident Manning will be
ready to start the season Sept. 11, saying the soreness is
gradually dissipating. But Coughlin doesn't know when the star
quarterback will start throwing again.
In the meantime, he was encouraged with some of what Hasselbeck
"It was a good game for him to get out there and play with the
first team and it gave the first team a chance to gain some respect
for him," Coughlin said.
Jesse Palmer also got into the fumbling action in the third
quarter. Palmer tried to pitch the ball to Derrick Ward from his 7.
Ward never got the ball, and Ryan Myers recovered in the end zone,
putting the Jets ahead 14-9.
Most starters played for a little over a half, including
Pennington and Hasselbeck. Strahan and Tiki Barber only played in
the first half. Barber had 13 carries for 47 yards. Jets running
back Curtis Martin also saw his most extensive action of the
preseason, with 13 carries for 59 yards.
^Notes:@ Injury update: Giants left tackle Luke Petitgout left the
game with a rib injury in the first quarter and X-rays were
inconclusive. Jets DT Dewayne Robertson broke his hand in the first
half, but should be fine for the regular season. S Andre Maddox
tore ligaments in his right knee, and backup quarterback Jay
Fiedler had his left hand wrapped, but Edwards said he was fine.
... Jets CB Ty Law played in his first game for the Jets since
signing earlier this month.
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