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Bump N’ Run w/ KT: Giants Win, Jets Lose And Montclair State Wins Season Opener

(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


The first week of the NFL season is in the books and while there weren’t many upsets to speak of, there was certain exciting games on the schedule. On the flip side, the college football weekend was one of the worst as the second week of the season is usually “Cupcake Saturday” as Power 5 teams pad their schedules with lesser opponents. Let’s begin this week’s Bump N’ Run with our local pro teams.

Giants Hold A Lead, Beat Cowboys

In what seems to be an annual tradition, the Giants took on Dallas to open the NFL season. Yes rookie quarterback Dak Prescott carved the G-Men up for three quarters. Yes the Giant running game was sputtering around for three quarters. Many of the major issues for the Giants took place in the first 45 minutes against the Cowboys, but the fourth quarter is where the Giants woke up as they gutted out a 20-19 victory at AT&T Stadium.

The game was highlighted by the return of Victor Cruz, playing in his first regular season game in over 700 days. Cruz caught the go-ahead touchdown from Eli Manning as the Giants gave Ben McAdoo his first win as a head coach. The defense turned up the pressure on the rookie QB who ran for his life in the fourth quarter. Free agent pickup Olivier Vernon led the Giants defense as Dez Bryant was held to one catch for eight yards for the entire afternoon Throw in timely runs from Rashad Jennings in the fourth quarter and the Giants picked up a hard fought win on the road.

Jets Special Teams Major Issue After Week 1 Loss

If anyone ever tells you that special teams is the third most important aspect of a football team, they should talk to the Jets. Nick Folk, a model of consistency for years, missed a PAT and had a field goal blocked as the Jets went down to the Cincinnati Bengals 23-22 in their home opener on Sunday. While Folk seems to be the easy scapegoat for the loss, the Jets just lost whatever mojo they had in the first half as Cincinnati just played harder and faster in the final 30 minutes of the game.

One major takeaway for the Jets was their defensive line. Even without the suspended Sheldon Richardson the Jets sacked Andy Dalton seven times, led by Leonard Williams who had 2.5 sacks. Even with that performance, the Jet secondary let A.J. Green catch twelve passes for 180 yards. Even with Matt Forte having a Matt Forte-like game (96 rushing yards, 59 receiving yards), the offense stopped moving the ball as the new $12 million man Ryan Fitzpatrick had a 52.6 QB rating, average at best. On a short week, the Jets offense needs to catch up to the defense before they take on the Bills on Thursday night.

Moving The Chains

  • So much for RGIII being Cleveland’s savior at quarterback. Griffin fractured a bone in his left shoulder and will miss at least eight weeks. Carson Wentz, who the Browns could have drafted had a fantastic day for the Eagles on Sunday. The Browns just can’t do anything right, no matter who is in power.
  • Speaking of the Eagles, let’s keep it 100 everyone…it was the Cleveland Browns they played on Sunday.
  • The Seahawks beat the Dolphins on Sunday 12-10 in one of the worst games I have seen in a long time. As long as the Seahawks defense plays at a high level they will be ok, but wow their offense is weak.
  • Shoutout to Montclair State for their 25-15 win over FDU-Florham on Friday. John DiStefano racked up 305 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as the Red Hawks won their first season opener since 2011. DiStefano was named to the Team of the Week after his perfromance and he will hope to contue his great start on Saturday as Montclair State will play against Salisbury University in Maryland.
  • As mentioned in my open, college football was rough this week. The highlight was a football game taking place at a NASCAR track. However there is one question to take away from this past Saturday..Is Clemson good or just overhyped?

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow writer Jason Cordner.
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