Pro football action on Sunday afternoon and the Jacksonville Jaguars will rumble with the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. These teams met back in 2015 and the Giants won that game at home by a score of 22-12. The Jaguars finished the preseason at 3-1, while the Giants were 2-2.
Can The Jaguars Take The Next Step?
The Jacksonville Jaguars made it to the postseason for the first time in 10 years and were just a few plays away from making it to the Super Bowl. They have high hopes again, but they were dealt a blow in the preseason when they lost top wide receiver Marqise Lee for the season. Last year he caught 56 passes for 702 yards and three TDs and will be missed, especially since they lost TE Marcedes Lewis and WR Allen Robinson in the offseason. They did take WR DJ Clark with their 2nd overall pick and they brought in Donte Moncrief in free agency. The Jags still have some nice weapons at wide receiver and Blake Bortles is a still a very good quarterback, but the attack still goes through their running game.
That running game is led by Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 1040 yards and nine TDs as a rookie last year. He should have another solid season, especially lining up behind a solid offensive line. The defense was one of the best in the league last year and will again be very good. They used four of their draft picks on that side of the ball and brought in a couple of defensive backs through free agency. The Jags have the defense to win the south again and if Bortles can continue to play well then they could get to the Super Bowl this year.
The Jaguars were a very good offensive team a year ago as they ranked 6th in the league in total offense, 17th in passing, 1st in rushing, and 5th in scoring at 26.1 ppg. On defense, they were very strong as they ranked 2nd in total yards allowed, 1st against the pass and 21st vs the run, while allowing just 16.8 ppg, which was 2nd in the league.
Can Shurmur Turn the Giants Around?
The New York Giants went just 3-13 last year and they brought in Pat Shurmur in hopes of turning around their fortunes. He may have not been the best hire for a team that averaged just 15.4 ppg a season ago. In four years at the helm of the Browns, Cleveland averaged no more than 19 ppg. In 2016, as Minnesota’s OC, the Vikes allowed just 20 ppg and last year they put up just 23 ppg at 5.4 yats per play. He is not an offensive guru and that could hurt the growth of the giants this year. They still have Eli Manning and a solid receiver corps that includes Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard, so they have a chance of improving on last year’s numbers.
The running game has been a mess for the Giants for years, but they feel that they have addressed that by taking Saquon Barkley with the 2nd overall pick in the draft. Overall, this offense can only go up after ranking 2nd to last in the league in scoring a year ago. The defense was a mess as well last year and they lose Jason Pierre-Paul this year. Still, they drafted three linemen, which should help and they brought in the likes of DL Kareem Martin and LB Alec Ogletree. This is an improved team overall, but they just have too much ground to make up to think that they can escape the basement of the NFC East.
New York was a below average offensive team as they ranked 21st in the league in total offense, 19th in passing, 26th in rushing, and 31st in scoring at 15.4 ppg. On defense, they were very poor as they ranked 31st in total yards allowed, 31st against the pass and 27th vs the run, while allowing 24.2 ppg, which was 27th in the league.
New York is:
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in Week one
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games in September
- The Under is 10-3 in Giants last 13 games on fieldturf
- The Under is 9-3 in Giants last 12 home games
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games on fieldturf
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games in this series
- The Under is 4-1 in their last five games on fieldtur