Gang Green’s woes overshadowed by the Giants’ blues
Vincent Davis | 9/21/2017, 12:23 p.m.
The New York Giants 0-2 record, their troubled start, somewhat overshadows the 0-2 record of the Jets, their troubles and their slow start. But not much was expected of the New York Jets this season. It has been designated as a rebuilding year.
On paper, the Giants’ roster is more talented, more experienced and more stable. They’re expected to immediately turn their two losses around (we’ll see), whereas the Jets must suffer through the process.
They suffered through the second half of Sunday’s road game against the Oakland Raiders, giving up 31 points. Their defense played 11 of the 15 minutes of the first quarter. Penalties plagued the Raiders, but turnovers, injuries and missed tackles hurt the Jets. Head coach Todd Bowles, somewhat disappointed with his team’s defense, remains optimistic. “I think we can get better, and we will get better,” he said about the Jets’ weak “D” starting off the season.
“I know we have a lot of fight in us,” emphasized Bowles. “We just have to not make the mistakes we’ve been making.”
Two mistakes come to mind: First was Kalif Raymond’s fumbled punt reception inside the 5-yard line to set the Raiders up for another TD, ending the first half 21-10. Raymond was released this week. Second was quarterback Josh McCown’s fumble after being sacked, setting up Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree’s third touchdown of the afternoon, a 1-yarder in the fourth quarter, a 2-yard line pass in the first and a 26-yard score in the second.
“We got new guys, we got young guys,” expressed Bowles. “As we come together, we got to make sure that we’re on point on everything. We can’t afford to give games away, and give plays away, and try to make up for them.”
The Jets, who play the Miami Dolphins Sunday, their home opener, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., have given up 190 rushing yards to the Buffalo Bills in Game 1 and 180 to the Raiders. Second-year Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins has a solution.
“You get physical, and you just hit,” said Jenkins. “You keep [expletive] hitting every day. You don’t back away.”