The opening Sunday of the 2016 NFL season delivered a string of fantastic finishes. Yet there wasn’t one upset. Both New York area teams were in nail biters, the Giants winning and the Jets losing. Each by a point. The Giants exorcised a number of demons in their heart-stopping 20-19 season-opening victory over the Cowboys. The Jets lost to the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium 23-22.
The Jets lose a close one to the Bengals because, well. there are a few becauses. For one Darrelle Revis allows A.J. Green a 10 catch, 180 yards, 1 TD day. Nick Folk had a 22 yard chip shot field goal blocked and Ryan Fitzpatrick was too erratic. This was one of those games where you'd probably feel like he was good enough had the Jets won, but they didn’t.
The Jets should be kicking themselves over this loss. This was a golden opportunity to get a home win, and they squandered several opportunities. This team isn't talented enough to lose many games like this. This is not a roster that is likely to rip off ten wins in a row. They need to get things turned around in a hurry because uncle Rex and the Bills await on Thursday.
Down in Dallas the Giants finally get an opening day win because the much-maligned offensive line didn’t stink like so many predicted they would. They protected Manning well enough, surrendering two sacks and generally giving him enough time to throw. Victor Cruz is back with game-winning 3-yard touchdown catch, and a 23-yard catch to help set up an earlier touchdown. Four catches in all for 34 yards. And last but not least, a defense that bent but did not break. They forced three long drives to end in field goals and did just enough at the end, giving Big Blue the 1 point win.
Nothing profound here, but good things happened for the Giants on Sunday. Eli played well enough to win, they ran the ball and they got plays in the passing game from lots of sources not named Odell Beckham — including Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Larry Donnell. This was a good way to start the 2016 season.
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