The Jaguars defeated the New York Giants in week 1 by the score of 20-15. Here are some notes from the victory for the Jaguars.
Losing Leonard Fournette to a hamstring injury made the Jaguars offense look atrocious. In the 2nd half, the Jaguars had 8 possessions, with 7 ending in punts and 1 ending with the victory formation. The Jaguars held Fournette out for the rest of the game for precautionary reasons ahead of their matchup against the New England Patriots in week 2.
The receivers failed to establish themselves as the true #1. The targets were separated evenly, but no receiver really showed they were the number 1 option.
Cam Robinson had 4 penalties. He needs to clean up the penalties to give this offense a chance to move the ball downfield.
Blake Bortles seemed to pre-pick his targets before the play truly develops. He’s going back to his old ways, and needs to read the defense before throwing the ball.
Missed tackles were the biggest issue against the Giants. The biggest missed tackles occurred when rookie running back Saquon Barkley got past the Jaguars defense for a 68-yard touchdown run. The Jaguars need to clean this up if they want to repeat as the best defense in the league.
The defense had many penalties which led to keeping Giants drives alive. Head coach Doug Marrone and defensive coordinator Todd Wash need to emphasize this ahead of the Patriots matchup, as future Hall-of-Famer quarterback Tom Brady will take advantage of the mistakes and make the defense pay.
The receivers of the Giants found holes in the Jaguars defense, but that was because the Jags seemed like they were in zone coverage a lot of the game. Quarterback Eli Manning missed some open throws deep, don’t count on Brady missing them next week.
The defense did a great job holding the Giants to field goals inside the redzone. But against Brady next week, look for that to be a matchup to watch.
Abry Jones, Lerentee McCray, and Myles Jack were the best players on the defense today. McCray got constant pressure on Manning, which was great to see.
Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey matched up with star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr throughout the game. From what I saw, Beckham had 6 catches on Ramsey for 86 yards, but majority of the catches were in zone coverage. There was no stopping Beckham, but not allowing him to score was huge.
The Jaguars return home to TIAA Bank Field next week against the Patriots with kickoff scheduled for 4:25 pm.