This Monday night, Tom Coughlin will be somewhere he absolutely hates to be – in the spotlight. Coughlin makes his first return to Jacksonville, a team he coached for eight seasons. All eyes will be on the first coach in Jags history, and also the most successful expansion coach in league history.

Coughlin twice led the Jags to the AFC Championship Game, the first time in 1996, only his second season at the helm. Coughlin received NFL Coach of the Year honors for that season. In 1999, Coughlin again led the Jaguars to the conference title tilt after a 14-2 season.

Coughlin compiled a 68-60 regular season record and a 4-4 playoff record in Jacksonville, but his remarkable early success eventually gave way to a disappointing final three seasons in Jacksonville. After a 6-10 finish in 2002, the Jaguars fired Coughlin.

Coughlin has a 23-19 mark in his third season with Big Blue.

Jack Del Rio, the only other coach in Jacksonville history, has a 31-26 mark in his fourth season.

Bottom line

New York holds a slight edge in the all-time series, 2-1. After being blown out in Jim Fassel's first season as coach in Jacksonville (40-13), New York rebounded and took the next two contests, both at Giants Stadium. The Giants topped the Jags, 28-25 en route to Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 and knocked off the Jaguars, 24-17, in 2002.

Monday night magic

The Giants have hardly fared well under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. The club has a 16-29-1 overall record, including a dismal 10-21-1 mark on the road. However, from the silver lining department, Coughlin is 2-0 with the Giants by virtue of last year's 27-10 victory over New Orleans in a game that was moved due to Hurricane Katrina and New York's 36-22 victory in Dallas on Oct. 23 earlier this season. He's 7-3 overall on Monday night.

This will not only be the third straight home game for the Jags, but also their second MNF game of the year as well. Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh, 9-0, on Sept. 18 in the lowest scoring game in Monday Night Football history.

Greisen formula

Former Giants linebacker Nick Greisen and CB Terry Cousin are the only Jaguars players with ties to Big Blue. Greisen, a fifth-round pick of the Giants in 2002, has 35 tackles and an INT as one of Jacksonville's starting outside linebackers. Cousin, who hardly stood out during his one season in New York (2004), is a reserve corner for the Jags and has posted 14 tackles and a pick.

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