EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brandon Jacobs loved everything about Monday night and his new home except for one thing:
The New Meadowlands Stadium being decorated in green.
Jacobs ran the ball only four times but he scored a 1-yard touchdown to help the New York Giants crush the New York Jets 31-16 in the preseason opener for both teams and temporarily shut up their cocky co-tenants as well.
"We just beat the Jets, the 'Hard Knock' life, to solidify who this stadium really belongs to," Jacobs said of the Jets, who are the stars of HBO's "Hard Knocks" television show. "The only bad thing I saw about the stadium was that it was wrapped in green. It is not supposed to be that way. We got to share [the stadium], but I just think we should evict them because I think they are late on their rent."
Jets linebacker Bart Scott and Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas engaged in some trash talking leading up to the game, over who will rule New York City. For one night, and albeit in a preseason game, the Giants dominated the Jets.
Even though the Jets knocked quarterback Eli Manning out of the game and bloodied the Giants' franchise player with a scary hit, Jacobs and the Giants earned historical bragging rights as they beat their New Meadowlands roommates in the first game played at the sparkling stadium.
While Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, who started the game, gained a combined 1 yard on seven carries, both showed they are healthy. The running backs underwent offseason surgeries, with Jacobs having a knee procedure and Bradshaw having operations on both feet and an ankle.
Bradshaw displayed some of his vintage cuts and speed when he took a shovel pass from Manning and raced 51 yards down the right sideline in the second quarter. He somehow made one Jet miss with a highlight cut near the sideline.
"I don't know how he did that," Jacobs said. "He had this much room on the sideline. Our main goal was to run into somebody and show we are tough. Fortunately we didn't have to do too much of it.
"He is feeling good. I am feeling good. We always try to come out and set the tempo and let people know that we are here and we aren't playing around."
And letting the Jets know was especially satisfying.
"A lot of people are fired up about it," Jacobs said, "because it is good to beat the Jets."