Beating down Rex Ryan's New York Jets never gets old, even if it's only the preseason. The New York Giants smashed their cross-town rivals, 26-3, at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, August 18. More importantly, however, the G-Men showed great improvement from last week, when they lost a sloppy contest to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-31. Here are three encouraging signs for Big Blue from Saturday's game.
Cruz in Control -- The starters played most of the first half and looked sharp, none more so than Victor Cruz. He abused the Jets' highly-regarded secondary, running precise short routes for five catches and 51 yards. Only a mugging in the end zone prevented Cruz from adding a touchdown to his totals. The third-year pro appears to be poised for another big season.
Rookies Look Ready -- The Giants' veterans clearly are the leaders of the team. But the rookies may play a big role this season. And that could be a good thing. The Giants are brimming with young talent, including Rueben Randle, who made a nice grab for a 49-yard gain, and Jayron Hosley, who returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first half. Keep an eye on these guys.
Pass Rush Rules -- Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow were running for their lives, as Big Blue bagged seven quarterback sacks. Leading the charge was Jason Pierre-Paul, who looked in mid-season form, and rookie Adewale Ojomo -- each had a pair of sacks. The Giants, who last season were tied for the second-most sacks in the league with 48, could have the best pass-rush in the NFL this year.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.