The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4, 1-1 Home) and their superb rushing defense host the New York Giants (5-1, 2-0 Away) and their powerful ground offense at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. The Jaguars are three-point favorites, and the total is 43.
New York is coming off a 24-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium last Sunday, their third straight victory. Daniel Jones was 19 of 27 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Saquon Barkley ran 22 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Bellinger caught five passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Jacksonville dropped a third straight game last Sunday, falling 34-27 to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Trevor Lawrence threw for 165 yards and a touchdown. Travis Etienne Jr. carried 10 times for 86 yards. Zay Jones caught five receptions for 42 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since September 2018, a 20-15 win for the Jaguars.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Giants are averaging 21.2 points per game for the season, 18th in the NFL, and they are facing a Jaguars defense that has surrendered 19.0 PPG (9th). Meanwhile, Jacksonville has scored 23.0 points a game this season, 15th in the league, and New York is allowing 18.8 PPG (7th).
The Giants rank as one of the league’s top teams in rushing yards per game (163.0, 4th), while they are 31st in passing yards (172.0). They will be matching strength against strength on the ground, as the Jaguars are third in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (89.3). Against the pass, Jacksonville is 21st (256.3).
Jacksonville is 21st in the league in passing yards per game (232.8) and ninth in rushing (136.7). New York’s defense could present a challenge through the air, as the Giants are 4th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (205.3). Against the run, the Giants are 28th (144.8).New York is averaging 2.8 red zone trips a game this season, fourth lowest in the NFL, finding the end zone 59% of the time (14th).
Through six games, Daniel Jones has thrown for five touchdowns (2 INT) and 170.2 yards per game to lead New York in passing. In two away games this season, he has two TDs (1 INT) and an average of 202.5 yards passing.
Saquon Barkley leads the team in rushing with an average of 102.7 yards a game over six games. He has four touchdowns on the ground. Richie James Jr. is the Giants’ leading receiver with 31.5 yards a game.
Trevor Lawrence has nine passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 232.8 yards per game through six games to lead Jacksonville. In two home games this season, he has thrown for two TDs (2 INT) and an average of 260.5 yards.
James Robinson has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 56.7 yards a game through six games. He has four total touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving. Christian Kirk has been a key target in the Jaguars’ aerial attack.
He has four touchdowns and a 60.3 yard per game average through six appearances. Christian Kirk is averaging 7.3 targets per game (4.2 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
New York has yet to be defeated away from home this season in two games.
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Jacksonville Jaguars (-160)
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