What We Learned Against The Giants

The Jaguars starters looked solid in their preseason loss to the Giants on Saturday night. Find out how our preview and predictions actually played out.

The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped the exhibition outing to the New York Giants, 22-12. It's time to look at how our keys to victory actually played out on the field.

What To Look For:

1. Can the Jaguars defend the pass? The Jaguars starters did a great job against Eli Manning, holding him to just 4 of 14 passing, for 46 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. broke free a few times, but he dropped a few passes and Eli misfired on a few. The backups didn't play nearly as well, but that's to be expected.

2. Continue running the football. The Jaguars starters ran the ball when they needed to, and Denard Robinson showed great vision, and Toby Gerhart showed a lot of toughness. The offensive line did a really nice job.

3. Stop the drops. The Jaguars continued to drop Blake Bortles' throws. Allen Hurns dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball and Allen Robinson uncharacteristically dropped a couple of passes. Tony Washington dropped a well-thrown pass by Chad Henne also.

4. Safety audition. Craig Loston actually played pretty well and although this is an unpopular sentiment, there really wasn't much of a drop off, if any from Jonathan Cyprien. Matt Daniels also made a few plays.

5. How about a pass rush? The Jaguars were able to get some pressure with their starters, although it didn't amount to many sacks. They batted down four passes which was a good sign. If Sen'Derrick Marks can come back healthy the defensive line will get a huge boost.

Prediction Time

1. The Jaguars pass defense will struggle. The pass defense did the opposite of struggle, and they were very good. Sure, the Giants helped them out with some untimely drops and misfires, but the Jaguars rarely blew a coverage.

2. Blake Bortles plays well again. Blake played much better than his 8 of 16, 98-yard stat line showed. He was the victim of four more drops and although he misfired on a couple passes, he made a few great throws as well. He looked very confident again.

3. Robinson continues to ascend. Allen Robinson made some really nice plays including a 36-yard catch and run but he also dropped a pair of passes. He's the most talented receiver on the Jaguars roster and he has to play better than he did on Saturday night.

4. The starters play tough against the run. The Jaguars run defense wasn't leaky, but it was far from a brick wall. Again, you'd assume things will get better when Marks returns.

5. The team loses a close one. When the Jaguars starters left the game they were ahead. That's the good news and what fans should dwell on. Ryan Nassib was better than Chad Henne. That's why the team lost.

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