The Giants began the season with two quick losses but then won three straight, only to lose the next six. The Jags came out of the gate 0-5 before getting in the win column with a Week 6 victory at home against Cleveland. They have not won since.
That doesn't mean this game isn't worth watching. Both teams are at crossroads. The Jags are building around rookie QB Blake Bortles and a young group of receivers. The Giants are probably in the last year of the Tom Coughlin era and are poised for major changes in the upcoming offseason.
Some redeemable things to know about the Giants...
QB Eli Manning (250) needs 2 touchdown passes to surpass former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe (251) for 15th on the NFL all-time career passing touchdowns list.
With a TD catch in this game, Daniel Fells (4) and Larry Donnell (6) become the first pair of Giants TEs in team history to record at least 5 TD receptions in a season.
WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (41) needs 7 receptions to surpass Hakeem Nicks (47) for 3rd most receptions by a Giants rookie receiver. With 8 receptions he would move past Bobby Johnson (48) for 2nd most receptions by a Giants rookie receiver.
The Giants are 18-14 vs the AFC South (1-1 this season). The Giants defeated the Houston Texans in Week 30-17 and lost, 40-24, to Indianapolis in Week 9.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was the Jaguars' first head coach from 1995-2002, compiling a regular season record of 68-60 and a post season record of 4-4. In his eight seasons in Jacksonville, Coughlin took the expansion Jags to the AFC Championship Game twice.
Coughlin is 1-1 vs his old team in the regular season. In the most recent matchup on Nov. 24, 2010, Coughlin’s Giants defeated the Jaguars, 24-20, in Week 12.
Who are these Jaguars?
Bortles (taken No. 3 overall in last April's draft) passed for 146 yards last week and became the 3rd Jaguars rookie with 2,000 (2,067). He needs 433 yards to join Byron Leftwich (2,819) as only Jags rookies with 2,500. Has 228 rush yards on 39 attempts (5.8 avg.), 2nd among AFC QBs.
RB Denard Robinson is averaging 98.2 scrimmage yards per game (491 total; 414 rush, 77 receiving) over the past five games and has 4 rushing TDs. He has a rushing TD in two of the last three games. Last week, Robinson had career-highs in catches (4) and receiving yards (47).
In 7 starts vs. the NFC, WR Cecil Shorts III has 38 catches for 604 yards (15.9 YPC) and a TD.
Rookie WR Allen Hurns (undrafted) is tied for 2nd among AFC rookies in TD receptions (5) and is fourth in receiving yards (488).
The defense has 33 sacks, good enough for second in AFC and third in the NFL. They recorded five last week against Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.
In his first season in Jacksonville, veteran DE Chris Clemons has seven sacks and six over the past seven games. Clemons had three sacks and a forced fumble against the Colts last week.
DT Sen’ Derrick Marks has a sack in three of the past four games. S Jonathan Cyprien leads team with 72 tackles.