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NFL Preseason Preview - NY Jets (1-1) at NY Giants (1-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) - Geno Smith will get his chance in the New York Jets' quarterback competition when the Jets play the visitor in their 45th consecutive preseason matchup with the Giants.

Smith, the rookie second-round pick from West Virginia, was forced to sit last week as incumbent Mark Sanchez led the Jets to an easy 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jets moved into the win column by outscoring the Jags 27-0 over the last 30 minutes highlighted by Kahlil Bell's two third quarter touchdowns. The team also received somewhat steady quarterback play from Sanchez, who led the Jets on five scoring drives.

Sanchez played three full quarters and made some impressive throws, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland on the Jets' first drive, but also failed to get New York points on two opportunities from the Jaguars' 3-yard line. He was picked off once and ended 13-for-23 for 169 yards.

Chris Ivory made his Jets debut and looks to become the feature running back this season, but it was Bilal Powell that shined on Saturday with 68 yards on seven carries. Ivory had just 13 yards on six touches.

Promising second-year rush linebacker Quinton Coples suffered a hairline fracture of his right ankle in the game. Coples, the team's 2012 first-round draft pick, underwent surgery and is out indefinitely. Free-agent addition Antwan Barnes, who recorded 11 sacks with San Diego in 2011, is the favorite to fill in during Coples' absence.

The Giants, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 in the preseason after a 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Giants starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks made his preseason debut following an injury plagued 2012 season. He made a pair of 20-yard catches, both of which leading to field goals from Josh Brown, who accounted for all of New York's points in going a perfect 4-for-4 on kicks for the night.

Eli Manning played into the second quarter and ended 8-of-17 for 91 yards with an interception on the night. New York also saw some key offensive starters leave with injuries in the first quarter, with wide receiver Victor Cruz bruising his heel and center David Baas straining his left knee.

To make matters worse tackle David Diehl needs surgery to repair an unstable right thumb and will be sidelined for about six weeks.

The Giants and Jets began this preseason series in 1969 and the Jets hold a slight 23-20-1 edge. The Giants, however, trounced the Jets, 26-3, last year at MetLife Stadium.

08/21 16:13:32 ET


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