By Marquita Quinones // @latinlove729
Jaguars 20 – Giants 15
If learning from failure results in success, let’s hope New York Giants learned a lot this week. To say the offense struggled would be an understatement. On 25 first down plays against the Jaguars, the Giants were only able to average 3.28 yards, which is the fifth-worst average gain on first downs among all the teams.
It didn’t help that the Giants set themselves back on their very first opening drive. With a penalty earned, the Giants had a first and 17 to begin the drive which resulted in them turning it over on downs. Five of the Giants’ seven penalties of the day came on offense and three of those five came on first downs.
Penalties ranging from 7 to 10 yards had the Giants facing a first and 20 a couple of times during the game. When reviewing the plays on first and 10, the Giants were unable to execute various play calls, not to mention dropped balls from both tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Sterling Shepard. This is not how you want to see the offense implemented.
Unfortunately, quarterback Eli Manning was under duress most of the game. He did try to hang in the pocket long enough to make the passes he needed to make. The offensive linemen just could not handle the Jaguars defense. They often took turns getting beat by what is arguably the best defensive line in football.
Head coach Pat Shurmur was quoted as saying “We battled a really good defense. You’re looking at a top-10 defense and we battled them and I thought they fought throughout the game.”
In fairness to Ereck Flowers, he has MASTERED the “exacerbated arm raise straight into helping Eli off the ground” move. Look at how fluid that is. Essentially one motion. pic.twitter.com/DFTkinyRvP
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) September 12, 2018
Ereck Flowers, the right tackle, was the main culprit once again. He got turned around a few times and blown away on some other plays. It was his reaction which led to Manning’s arm getting hit on the interception that would ultimately prove to be the game-winning touchdown. Unfortunately, he committed two penalties that cost the Giants two completions in the first half.
The running game was not much better. Running back Saquon Barkley had eight rushing attempts on first and 10 for 30 yards which gave him an average of 3.75 yards. In one of his first-half carries, Barkley made a mistake of not noticing the open hole and was taken down by Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell for a 1-yard loss. You could tell Barkley was thinking more about his college days when he could routinely get away with making moves like that on the field.
Saquon Barkley tries to dance on his first NFL carry and Calais Campbell says he’s not ready to tango. Tackled for a loss. #Jaguars
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) September 9, 2018
The Giants defense didn’t fare too well either. Jaguars were beating them in both the passing and running game. There was some reprieve when RB Leonard Fournette left the game with a hamstring injury, Giants were able to settle down and stop the run game a little better. The Jaguars were running the ball at nearly 5 yards a clip in the first half.
The second half was a different story for the Giants. The Giants forced the Jaguars to punt on all seven of their second-half possessions. They only allowed two passes over 10 yards and if it weren’t for a 41-yard scramble by QB Blake Bortles, the Jaguars would have had just 27 yards on the ground in the second half.
Fortunately for the Giants, this was not a big loss but still, a loss nonetheless.
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