Saturday, August 21st, 7:30 PM EST
Kickoff Temperature: 80 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Don't bet on preseason and get some help
It's preseason game No. 2 for the Jaguars and we will presumably see the starters for an entire half of football. The Giants were bad last year, but their explosive offense should serve as a pretty good test for the Jaguars renovated defense.
What To Look For:
1. Can the Jaguars defend the pass? In the preseason opener against Pittsburgh, the Steelers marched downfield with their starters (in their only drive with the 1's) and scored a touchdown with relative ease. The Giants have one of the best receivers in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr. and a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Eli Manning. This should be a solid test.
2. Continue running the football. Nothing shows unison and continuity like a strong running game. The Jaguars are not only trying to develop that with the offensive line, but they're also trying to figure out their running back depth. Watch for the individual line play and how well each running back finds the available holes.
3. Stop the drops. The Jaguars dropped entirely too many passes in last week's game against the Steelers and they need to be more sure-handed. Drops are expected in the second half of games, but solid starters like Allen Hurns need to make more plays.
4. Safety audition. Jonathan Cyprien broke a finger in last week's game and he will miss the rest of the preseason. This gives guys like Keith Loston and Josh Evans an opportunity to show that they belong on the roster. Evans was terrible last season, and he needs to step up his play.
5. How about a pass rush? With all apologies to guys like Cap Capi, the Jaguars pass rush was pretty much non-existent against the players who will actually suit up for Pittsburgh in the regular season. The Jaguars sat a lot of starters on the defensive line and will likely see them play limited minutes, but the reserves need to flash to get on the coaches' radar.
1. The Jaguars pass defense will struggle. This is a questionable pass defense going up against an experienced, two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. The safeties and cornerbacks will be tested.
2. Blake Bortles plays well again. Blake looks like a completely different guy from what we saw last season. There's no reason to believe he won't take it on the road with him to the swamps of New Jersey.
3. Robinson continues to ascend. Allen Robinson is beginning to look like a legitimate No. 1 receiver. He's made plays all throughout camp and caught every pass thrown his way last week. He should find some holes in the Giants zone.
4. The starters play tough against the run. The Jaguars starting defensive line, whoever they may be Saturday, will put forth a better effort on stopping the Giants running game.
5. The team loses a close one. We all know that scores don't matter much, if at all in preseason, but it would be nice if the Jaguars starters are ahead at halftime. It doesn't matter a ton what the third-stringers do on the scoreboard.