EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A beautiful night in the Meadowlands brought a large crowd for the annual Snoopy Bowl, but the game put fans to sleep as neither the Jets or the Giants offense turned on. The game ended with the Giants winning 21-20.
Brandon Marshall was inactive much to the dismay of the fans and the Jets offense. Quincy Enunwa is still out, following mandatory concussion protocol. During Todd Bowles post-game interview, he was asked why Marshall didn't' play. "He has a sore hip, so we held him out," the coach replied. "We wanted to see the younger guys play too." The younger guys hardly lit up the field for Ryan Fitzpatrick, with the #1 quarterback going 9 of 16 for 76 yards with a touchdown and a fumble.
The game finally got exciting halfway through the second quarter when Darrelle Revis made a pick off Odell Beckham, Jr., setting up an Eric Decker touchdown that put the Jets on the scoreboard 7-0.
Geno Smith came in right around the 2 minute warning, much to the displeasure of the crowd. Smith had a short night, completing 3 of 5 passes for 14 yards. When Bowles was questioned about the short series for Smith, he answered "If I had given him more, time would have run out on Hack (Christian Hackenberg), so I was trying to get him in the game." Todd Bowles wanted all four quarterbacks to get in the game.
Bryce Petty took over in the 3rd quarter but for a short run as he threw an interception. "We can't have turnovers," the coach replied in the post-game press conference.
Christian Hackenberg took over the reigns, getting his feet wet in the game after Petty early in the fourth quarter. Although he threw two incompletes on his first two passes, he woke the remaining crowd with four straight completions, ending in a 10-yard touchdown to the rookie Robby Anderson.
"He was up and down," coach Bowles remarked when asked about Hackenberg's play. "He missed some throws but he made some throws."
In other good news for the offense, Matt Forte looked "healthy and quick," according to Bowles.
As far as the news on the defense, Muhammad Wilkerson was on the field after sitting out the last two preseason games rehabbing a leg injury from last season.
Jets move on to the 4th preseason game in Philadelphia Thursday night, as they take on the Eagles at 7:00 p.m.