By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Giants have high hopes for this season. However, the season opener, continued last season’s slump.
Following last season’s disastrous season, the Giants cleaned house. They started fresh with new personnel and a new coaching staff, lead by Pat Shurmur.
Yet, on Sunday, they picked up their 14th loss over the past two seasons. The Jacksonville Jaguars won 20-15 at MetLife Stadium in rainy conditions.
The Jaguars improved to 1-0 on the season. The Giants fell to 0-1.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles went 18 of 33 for 176 yards. He also had one touchdown and one interception.
T.J. Yeldon had 14 carries for 51 yards. Bortles had four carries for 42 yards and Leonard Fournette had nine carries for 41 yards.
Fournette left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury.
Keelan Cole had three receptions for 54 yards. Dede Westbrook had five receptions for 51 yards. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had three receptions for 25 yards.
Yeldon had three receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning went 23 of 37 for 224 yards. He also had an interception.
Saquon Barkley had 18 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Odell Beckham Jr. had 11 receptions for 111 yards. Sterling Shepard had five receptions for 48 yards.
The Jaguars struggled in the second half offensively. Without Fournette, they had seven punts.
Yet, they did score a defensive touchdown. Manning was intercepted on an intended pass to Barkley by Myles Jack, who returned it for a 32-yard touchdown.
Barkley scored on a 68-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Aldrick Rosas also kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second half.
The Jaguars led 13-6 at halftime. Bortles hit Yeldon for a one-yard touchdown. Josh Lambo also connected on two field goals.
Rosas also made two Giants field goals in the first half.
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