The Jaguars do one thing well, and that's run the ball. They are 6th overall in the NFL with 135 rushing yards per game, and Jones Drew's 878 is 4th most in the league. Jones-Drew is only 5-7, 208 pounds, but he has great strength and will push the pile forward for extra yards. He disappears at the line, making it difficult for the defense to spot him at times. He is also a threat to catch the ball; he hasn't had less than 40 receptions in his four years prior to this one, and even though he's not being thrown to as often as the past couple of years, he's still their most dangerous weapon. If the Giants can shut down Jones-Drew, the Jaguars should not be able to move the ball.
2. David Garrard
It's hard to tell whether Garrard is anything better than a solid quarterback, but at age 32, he is playing some of the best football of his career. He has a 67.8 completion percentage (3rd in NFL), a 98.5 QB rating (6th) and 17 touchdowns. He has also thrown 10 interceptions, so while he has been accurate with most of his throws, he's not immune to giving the ball away, as he was earlier in his career. In fact, coming into this week, the Jaguars led the AFC with 24 giveaways, while the Giants led the NFC with 30. This game could come down to who turns the ball over more, so the Giants would do well to force a couple of Garrard interceptions.
3. Mercedes Lewis
The Jaguars' defense has given up the sixth most yards and points in the NFL, so I'm going to focus on stopping their offense again.
Last year's breakout Jaguars receiver, Mike Sims-Walker has had a disappointing season and could miss this weeks game. Mike Thomas, the diminutive second year receiver has been a pleasant surprise. But Garrard's go-to guy around the end zone has been tight end Mercedes Lewis. A former first round pick, Lewis had been somewhat of a disappointment until this year. His last two seasons were solid, but he's finally become a dangerous red zone weapon, catching eight touchdowns so far this season. He has a huge 6-6 frame and weights 275 pounds, so he'll have a height advantage over whoever matches up against him. The Giants have been one of the best defenses against the tight end, though, so stopping Lewis shouldn't take any adjustments.