The New York Giants continue their improbable season in Week 7 on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars. We would have laughed if you had told us the Giants (5-1) would be 5-1 after six weeks of play. But the reality is that the Giants may be for real. They are second in the NFC East and have looked very impressive in key areas.
On the other hand, the Jaguars (2-4) are still rebuilding and searching for some momentum at home after losing three in a row.
So, the Giants are 5-1, yet somehow enter Week 8 as underdogs against a 2-4 Jaguars team? After beating the Baltimore Ravens 24-20 last week, the Giants are still getting zero respect from oddsmakers. Brian Daboll is in the conversation for a Coach of the Year, Saquon Barkley is running well and Daniel Jones has just two interceptions. So we ask, why are the Giants underdogs here?
At some point, we must accept that the Giants are a good football team that looks bad on paper. A big reason for New York’s success is the resurgence of Barkley. The former No. 2 overall pick leads the NFL in rushing attempts (119), ranks second in yards (616), and fifth in touchdowns (4). Barkley also has 21 catches for 155 yards.
On defense, New York ranks seventh in points allowed per game (18.8), fourth in touchdowns (1.5) and fifth in red zone scoring rate (40%).
We’re not saying that New York is a legit threat to win the Super Bowl or even the NFC East. But a victory over the Jaguars isn’t asking a whole lot.
While the Jacksonville Jaguars may be better than their 2-4 record suggests, it’s not much better, if at all. They are on a three-game losing streak, with the offense averaging just 18 points in that span. But their biggest issue continues to be a total lack of ball security.
The Jaguars rank 22nd in giveaways per game with an average of 1.5 and 17th in turnover margin. The Jaguars need everything to go perfect if they hope to cover in this game. With giveaway numbers like that, they likely lose the turnover battle here. They are averaging 2.7 per game in their last three weeks.
Another issue with the Jaguars is their track record with defensive penalties. Their secondary is constantly a half-step behind and ranks 25th in penalties and 26th in penalty yards per game.
Giants vs Jaguars Game Injuries
Giants vs Jaguars Head-to-Head
The Jaguars lead the all-time series 4-3, with Jacksonville on a two-game winning streak. Their last meeting before this week was in 2018, with Jacksonville winning 20-15.
Giants vs Jaguars Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 23
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
- How to watch Giants vs Jaguars? ESPN
Giants vs Jaguars Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Giants vs Jaguars Betting Lines
Giants vs Jaguars Prediction
The 5-1 Giants may be the underdog deal of the season so far at +135 against the Jaguars. The Giants may not be a great 5-1 team, but the Jaguars are a bad 2-4 one. The Giants enter Week 8 with a 5-1 record against the spread (1-0 away), while Jacksonville is 2-4 ATS (1-1 home). But we are going for the full value and taking the Giants to pull off the “upset” over a weaker team.
“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”