At NY Giants
1:00 p.m. ET
58 degrees/ Light rain
Key Coaching Decision #1 (NYG ball, trailing 13-9 / fourth-and-2 at JAX 38 / 6:28 Q3)
• Rather than attempt a 55-yard FG (PK Aldrick Rosas made one from that exact distance in the preseason), the Giants attempted a conversion with a Saquon Barkley run out of a shotgun formation. The Giants might have been able to cut the Jaguars lead to one had they gone for the FG.
• The fourth-down attempt failed.
Key Coaching Decision #2 (NYG ball trailing 13-6 / first-and-10 NYG 25 / 15:00 Q3)
• Pat Shurmur burns a timeout before the first snap of the second half because of an issue with Eli Manning not being able to get the play call because of a malfunctioning communication system within the helmet. A team should be able to get a play in even without the helmet, especially the first play from scrimmage on a drive.
• The Giants drove and kicked a field goal on this drive. But that timeout could have been useful late in the game after the Giants defense forced a three-and-out. The Giants could have had about 1:30 on the game’s final drive rather than just about 55 seconds. (The Giants muffed the punt and the Jaguars took over to end the game).
Key Coaching Decision #3 (NYG ball, trailing 20-15 / 2-point conversion attempt / 10:39 Q4)
• After Saquon Barkley electrified the crowd with a 69-yard scamper for a score and got the Giants to within five points, the Giants elected to give Barkley another carry on the two-point conversion. It failed.
• The Giants had two more possessions and fumbled away the third. They could have made up the four-point gap (had they kicked the PAT) during those three drives. We understand their rationale for going for two, but it just wasn’t necessary at that point. There is a positive feeling that players get when they see 7 points go on the board.
• This was a rainy game that had the feel of a late October game.
• Both offenses struggled at time. Part of it was due to the weather, and it being an early-season game. Both teams were 4-13 on third down. It didn’t help that Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars running back and 2017 first-round pick was hurt during the game. The Jaguars have already lost wide receiver Marquise Lee for the season.
• We were surprised at the rate at which Manning and the Giants were taking shots downfield and challenging the Jaguars cornerbacks. They were not effective in doing so. The Giants’ final offensive play was an incomplete deep pass to Sterling Shepard. It was a low-percentage play down the sideline. We expected more play-action passing with Barkley at running back.