Sanchez was also without injured wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens, and it showed. Through two preseason games, the Jets have failed to score a touchdown.
''We struggled,'' Sanchez said. ''We were good in spurts, but I know we can play better than that up front. I know we can block those four-man rush looks. I've seen our guys do it. And, I know we have the right personnel.''
Tebow, with his elusiveness and knack for comebacks, couldn't even help the Jets (No. 14) in his home debut. He led them to their only points of the night on a 30-yard field goal by Josh Brown, but was sacked four times and finished 5 of 14 for 69 yards.
Hosley, a third-round pick out of Virginia Tech, had the biggest play when he gave the Giants a 13-0 lead on his long interception return with 2:03 left in the opening half. With the Jets finally moving the ball, Sanchez tried to get a short pass to Patrick Turner, but Hosley stepped in front of the toss that was slightly behind the receiver and ran down the sideline untouched.
''When I threw the ball, I thought it was really accurate,'' Sanchez said. ''You miss on one play and that's what can happen.''
What made the play even more remarkable was the fact that Hosley appeared to injure his right foot on the return. He was wearing a walking boot after the game. He wasn't sure of the extent of the injury, and expected to have more tests Sunday.
Ryan joked that his team's offense would be ''vanilla with some sprinkles'' - and he wasn't kidding. The Jets started slowly and never really got going as the Giants' front seven played like the group that helped lead them to the Super Bowl title last season. The Jets managed just 148 net yards, including 65 on the ground.
''We were able to stop the run,'' Tuck said, ''and when that happens, it's kind of like a feeding frenzy with our D-ends.''
Tebow came in to a mixed reaction - cheers from Jets fans and boos from the loads of Giants fans in attendance - and appeared to energize the team. But he had a shot at his first touchdown on second-and-20 from the 29 and short-hopped a pass to a wide-open Stephen Hill in the end zone.