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Giants vs. Jets key takaways; O-Line continues progress


1. "Not real complicated" why Giants lost.
In the annual MetLife Bowl, the Jets scored offensively, defensively and on special teams en route to a 28-18 victory over the Giants on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Giants averaged just 3.8 yards per carry and 5.4 yards per pass, losing the turnover battle at minus-two.

"Not real complicated," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in his postgame remarks. "We had six penalties in the first half. We kind of broke our play up, I thought. You know, we had an interception for a touchdown. We had a punt return for a touchdown. We were backed up and punted from the one after a sack. We couldn't run the ball with any consistency. I thought they ran the ball well, not just in the second half, but they did basically with it what they happened to do there. So I mean, as I said, you give two scores away like that and it's going to be most difficult to win in this league any time."

2. Long drive was promising, not enough.

After the first two drives on Saturday night yielded just 15 yards and two punts, the Giants went on to piece together their best series of the preseason. Capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Rashad Jennings, quarterback Eli Manning led a 14-play, 85-yard drive that consumed 8:09 as the first-team offense found the end zone for the first time this year.

"Oh, I liked the drive," Coughlin said. "I thought the drive was outstanding. I thought there were big plays made.

There was consistency in terms of picking up first downs when we had to and we had a couple of penalties, but that was a good drive, a good football drive and it really was encouraging for me."

However, the next drive was a three-and-out only to be followed up by a pick-six by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie in the final seconds of the first half before the starters were relieved.

"I thought we would come right back out, but this one was the two-minute drill," Coughlin continued. "You know we had the ball twice in the two-minute. I thought for sure that this was a great opportunity for us, not only to work on the two-minute, but to be in a game situation while we're doing it. So I was disappointed."

3. Odell vs. Revis, Part I.
Saturday night was not the last time the Giants and Jets will meet in 2015. With the NFC East pitted against the AFC East this season, the two teams play each other again in Week 13. Consequently, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against will square off with cornerback Darrelle Revis.

"I think it's going to be a very good matchup during the [regular] season," said Beckham, who recorded his first five catches of the preseason on Saturday for 31 yards. "He's one of the best out there. I think it'll be better once we all watch film and we really see how he's going to play and reach our game plan for a team. It was great to be able to just get out there, get into the offense a little bit, and have fun."**

  1. Collins confident in return at safety. **
    In his first game back since injuring his knee in the preseason opener, second-round pick Landon Collins returned at safety, where the Giants need all the depth they can get after a string of injuries. Recording three tackles on the night, Collins was full-go after testing the knee in practice this week.

"I did all that in practice and if I couldn't do it in practice, I wasn't going to try to come out and push it in the game," Collins said. "They're telling me don't make a stupid choice and try and just push through it, just come out there and be smart. All the cutting I needed to do in practice, I felt confident in that and came out here and did the same thing."**

  1. Schwartz: I consider myself a starter.** 
    After playing in only two games last season and missing the preseason opener this year, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz has suited up the last two weeks but not in a starting role. However, with two weeks to go until the season opener in Dallas, Schwartz will try to figure into the top five, whether it's at guard or tackle.

"I consider myself a starter," Schwartz said. "I have the mindset of being a starter. When I warm up, I warm up before the game as a starter. I do the whole routine, I do it all week. I do my scouting reports just like I'm starting. I didn't start tonight, obviously, but that's always my mindset. If you don't have that mindset—that you're going to start—I really don't know why you would play. I don't play to be a backup. I have faith in my ability and [I] just got to go out there and keep showing that I can play."**

  1. Pugh confident in O-line.**
    While left guard Justin Pugh keeps building chemistry with rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers, the offensive line played without starting center Weston Richburg (knee), who was replaced by Dallas Reynolds. With starters not playing long in the fourth and final preseason game, Saturday night was the last extended opportunity for live action before kicking off Week 1 on Sept. 13.

"You know we'd love to get some guys healthy—get Weston back out there," Pugh said. "We definitely need to

get back to work, but we know what we're capable of doing—we go out there and we execute. That's something that we've been able to see. So I'm optimistic about where we're heading. We're able to do good things, we just have to get guys back out there and get healthy. Keep this thing rolling and start doing more of those eight-minute drives. No more three-and-outs."7. Team awaits more information on Ayers' injury.
During pregame warmups, veteran defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. suffered an ankle injury, ending his night before it began. After the game, Coughlin said, "I really don't know. He's out there pregame and all of a sudden he's on the ground and complaining about his ankle and his Achilles and whatever. That was two minutes before we came into the locker rooms prior to going out and starting the game."

Photos from the Giants Preseason Week 3 matchup with the Jets

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