The New York Giants are riding a three game winning streak after yet another fourth quarter comeback against the Baltimore Ravens. This makes them now 5-1 for the first time since 2009. Their next test will be against a Jacksonville Jaguars team, who despite their record being 2-4, have a lot of talent on their roster as we will see a rematch of former ACC quarterbacks, Daniel Jones and Trevor Lawerence down in Florida. Can the Giants make it four straight? Here are the three keys to victory.
Protect Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones has done a good job this year protecting the football and avoiding turnovers. That is one of the main reasons why the Giants stand where they are in the standings. The New York offensive line has been a welcoming surprise, with third year man Andrew Thomas proving why he was worth the fourth overall pick and rookie Evan Neal playing at an already high level. They will get a big test in this matchup facing off against a solid Jaguars defensive line with rookie Travon Walker leading the way. If the Giants want a shot at going 6-1, the offensive line needs to give Jones protection and time with the football so he can make plays. This may be a long day for the offensive line but if they protect Jones, we could see the Giants improving to 6-1 just seven games in.
Offense starts fast
The Giants offense has had a problem so far this young season starting out fast. They always seem to fall behind early and that’s because their offense plays poorly in the first half and have to rely on late game heroics to propel them to victory. Like I’ve said, that late game magic won’t last forever. The Jags offense isn’t bad either so the Giants may have to go toe to toe with them. But if they want to win, first offense production and touchdowns needs to happen, especially on the road.
Pressure Trevor Lawrence
The Giants defensive line has been one of the best in the league with Dexter Lawerence and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux leading the way. New York has the 16th overall ranked defense in the league and their pass rush is the main reason why. They apply pressure, get after the quarterback, and have one of the best run defenses in the league. If they do all of that, it could be a long day for Trevor Lawrence in company. The Giants secondary is no joke either so Jacksonville will need to deal with them as well.