AT A GLANCE
The Giants and Jets played to overtime for the second time in their past three meetings in the rivalry, with the latter coming out on top Sunday with a 13-10 victory. The Giants fell to 2-6 while the Jets improved to 4-3.
After a two-game homestand, the Giants go on the road for three weeks to face the Raiders, Cowboys, and Commanders. Week 9 will mark the team's first trip to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
Tyrod Taylor once again started at quarterback in place of Daniel Jones, who missed his third consecutive game due to a neck injury. Jones has taken scout team reps in practice but still awaits clearance for contact.
The quarterback situation took another turn when Taylor left midway through second quarter with a ribs injury and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Tommy DeVito, an undrafted rookie who has been the third quarterback since the spring, relieved him.
Running back Gary Brightwell, who injured his hamstring last week vs. Washington, was placed on injured reserve in a series of weekend moves. The Giants also signed wide receiver/return specialist Gunner Olszewski to the active roster and elevated third-string quarterback Tommy DeVito and outside linebacker Oshane Ximines.
Left tackle Andrew Thomas was listed as doubtful on the final injury report and then ruled out on gameday as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury that he suffered in the season opener. In addition, right tackle Evan Neal missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury.
The offensive line, however, did get back rookie center John Michael Schmitz, who hadn't played since Week 4 due to a shoulder injury.
That led to yet another offensive line combination for the Giants. From left to right, Sunday's lineup was Justin Pugh, Ben Bredeson, Schmitz, Mark Glowinski, and Tyre Phillips.
Tight end Darren Waller left in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return. The veteran was limited this week in practice with a hamstring issue.
The Giants did not convert a third down on their first 10 attempts.
Saquon Barkley had a single yard on 13 carries in his first and only other meeting with the Jets in 2019. The first half of the 2023 edition of the rivalry wasn't any easier, but Barkley broke through with a 34-yard run to start the third quarter. On that same drive, Barkley converted the first third down of the game by either side and the Jets were twice penalized for unnecessary roughness, setting up a six-yard touchdown run by DeVito to take a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
Barkley eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the first time this season. He finished with 128 yards on 36 attempts, the most of his career (35 vs. Houston in Week 10 of 2022).
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Kayvon Thibodeaux strip-sacked Jets quarterback Zach Wilson on the opening drive of the game, and fellow outside linebacker Jihad Ward recovered the ball and returned it 13 yards down to the Jets 19. It led to three points on a Graham Gano field goal. Thibodeaux got to Wilson two more times on the Jets' final drive of regulation. Thibodeaux now has 8.5 sacks in the last six games. The fifth overall pick had 4.0 in 14 games as a rookie last season.
The Giants held the Jets without a third-down conversion on their first 12 attempts. This came a week after they allowed just one to the Commanders on 15 third downs.
The Jets scored the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter on a 50-yard catch-and-run by Breece Hall, who weaved by a handful of defenders on his way to the end zone. The Jets couldn't get anything going again until the end of regulation, when Wilson led a four-play, 58-yard drive in the final 24 seconds to set up a 35-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal as time expired.
In overtime, cornerback Adoree' Jackson was penalized 30 yards for pass interference to set up Zuerlein's 33-yard, game-wining field goal.
Inside linebacker Micah McFadden recovered a fumble on a botched snap late in first half for the Giants' second takeaway of the game.
View photos from the Giants' Week 8 matchup against the New York Jets.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS
Signed to the practice squad and then to the active roster in less than a week, Gunner Olszewski assumed punt return duties for the Giants after rookie running back Eric Gray was placed on injured reserve. The former All-Pro specialist flashed his elusiveness on his first touch as a Giant, making a few Jets defenders miss on a nine-yard punt return. With both offenses struggling, it was the start of a busy day, which ended with six punt returns for 56 yards (9.3 yards per return), with a long of 15 yards.
Olszewski was released last Saturday by the Pittsburgh Steelers after he signed with the team as a free agent in 2022. Prior to that, he spent the first three years of his career in New England, where he became a standout return specialist. His 17.3 yards per punt return in 2020 not only led the NFL, but it was the highest return average in Patriots history and the second-highest in the NFL since 1970. He was also the fourth player in Patriots history with a punt return touchdown and touchdown catch in the same game.
Parris Campbell took over kickoff return duties. In Week 6, Campbell returned his first NFL kickoff since his 2019 rookie campaign with the Colts.
Graham Gano, who has appeared on the injury report in recent weeks with a left knee issue, missed two field goal attempts from 47 and 35 yards, both wide left. The second one opened the door for the Jets to tie the game at the end of regulation.
Jets punter Thomas Morstead pinned the Giants inside their five-yard line three times.
IN-GAME INJURY REPORT
NYJ: DL Al Woods (calf), C Connor McGovern (knee), OL Wes Schweitzer (calf)
NYG: TE Darren Waller (hamstring), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs)
NYJ: WR Irvin Charles (shoulder), C Joe Tippmann (quadriceps), RB Israel Abanikanda, CB Jarrick Bernard-Converse, ILB Zaire Barnes, WR Randall Cobb (shoulder), DE Carl Lawson
NYG: RB Deon Jackson, QB Daniel Jones (neck), S Bobby McCain, S Gervarrius Owens, OT Evan Neal (ankle), OT Andrew Thomas (hamstring), DL Jordon Riley