The New York Giants made their way down to Florida to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in rainy weather. They lost 23-25 in what was almost a mirror image of last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The entire team didn’t seem to wake up and start playing until midway through the 2nd quarter. Somehow, the Giants managed to come back and claim the lead, however a few mental errors later allowed the Bucs to get into field goal territory and kick a field goal, reminiscent of their loss against the Eagles. This teams has had a problem getting off to strong starts in games, and following their 4th loss in a row, they have to fix this problem as soon as possible. The team suffered a few injuries, as Odell Beckham Jr. was in and out of the game with a sore ankle and a finger injury. Starting Defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison went down with an apparent knee injury, but later returned to the game. Running back Paul Perkins suffered a rib injury and left th e game, which opened up room for rookie Wayne Gallman to display his talent. Gallman ran as effectively as he possibly could behind the struggling Giants O-line, and was able to score a touchdown. This was another tough loss in a string of tough losses for Big Blue, and with win starved Chargers on their way to New York, the Giants have to get their act together.
The Jets won a tight game against the Jaguars 23-20. The Jets started slowly, allowing the Jags to score first, but immediately answered back with a touchdown of their own. The two teams went tit-for-tat throughout the game before the Jets kicked the winning field goal in overtime. This game could prove to have been a breakout performance for RB Bilal Powell, as he displayed starting RB caliber talent after being used as a pass-catching option for most of his career. Powell has a habit of having one great performance every year and disappearing for the rest of the season, so this “breakout” should be taken with a few grains of salt. This showdown between the Jets and Jags was all about defense as the Jets showed off their rookie pieces. Rookie safety Jamaal Adams that has shown himself to be the true leader of the Jets defense through four games, and has displayed his potential to be a great defender for years to come.
Neither of these teams had any real playoff hopes entering the season, however, they both have 2-2 records, and have shown they can truly compete against talent in the league this season.
The Jets take on the struggling Cleveland Browns and rookie QB Deshone Kizer in week 5.