NFL Preseason Preview - NY Giants (3-0) at NY Jets (2-0)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The annual Empire State preseason battle will take place in the Garden State as usual when the New York Jets play the host against their co-tenants at MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants.
This year's battle, the 46th consecutive preseason that the two teams have squared off, takes on a little added significance because both will enter unbeaten.
The Giants improved to 3-0 in exhibition play when Ryan Nassib's 4-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington with 55 seconds left capped a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback as Big Blue pulled out a 27-26 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Giants put up 27 unanswered points in the final 10 1/2 minutes to erase a 26-0 deficit and stay unbeaten this preseason, with both Nassib and fellow backup quarterback Curtis Painter throwing for touchdowns during the rally.
Nassib finished 11-of-15 for 158 yards to help offset another rough effort from starter Eli Manning, who hit on just 1-of-7 throws for six yards on four stalled New York possessions.
"He was gutsy, he was competitive," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Nassib. "The way he hung in there, he moved a little bit in the pocket, which is something that normally is not associated with us. And so the threat of him coming out of there, I think, helped us. And then when he did step up in the pocket, he made some nice plays down the field."
The Jets, meanwhile, improved to 2-0 last week when Clyde Gates caught a 17- yard score from Michael Vick early in the fourth quarter as Gang Green grabbed a 25-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gates' score put the Jets on top 23-17 1 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter, and IK Enemkpali blocked a Kevin Huber punt with the ball going out of the end zone to give the Jets a safety on Cincinnati's ensuing possession.
Geno Smith played the first half of the game under center for the Jets and went 10-of-13 for 98 yards with an interception. He also had four carries for 20 yards and a score, leading the team to two touchdowns and a field goal during his time under center.
"(It's) coming together fine," Smith said when talking about his team. "We've done some good things. I really like the balance that we have showcased. We have to get better in the passing game. We have to be more precise, and a lot sharper than we have been, and then continue to fine tune things, the small things, the details, and I think we'll be fine."
The Jets lead their preseason series with the Giants, which began in 1969, 24-20-1. Last year, the Jets beat the Giants in overtime, 24-21.
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