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Bowles on prep for Jags 00:00:43
Head coach Todd Bowles on the Jets mindset heading into Sunday's match-up with the Jaguars

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THE GAME

The Jets (1-2) at the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at TIAA Bank Field in Florida on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A few Florida thunderstorms in the morning will yield to a warm and muggy day with temperatures approaching 90 degrees. There could be a little late rain too, I'm guessing.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Jets didn't fair all that poorly for playing three games in 11 days at the start of a rookie quarterback's career. Sure, they're 1-2, but if they were 2-1 people would be throwing parties. I'm no mathematician, but there doesn't seem to be a big difference between those two records. Now, the schedule settles down a bit and we can find out what the Jets really are. The Jaguars are a legitimate contender for the AFC title, so going down there and winning with a 21-year-old quarterback might be a stretch. That said, if they do it, that would certainly make one heck of a statement, wouldn't it? Even playing a close game would be encouraging. And remember, no matter what the wins and losses look like, this is a season that's all about finding encouraging signs.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

As if breaking multiple tackles in his 68-yard touchdown run wasn't impressive enough, Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley has another accomplishment.

The No. 2 pick out of Penn State was named the most elusive running back in Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus.

PFF measures elusive rating to determine which players are the most difficult to tackle. It takes missed tackles, total number of touches and yards per carry after contact into account, and Barkley's long touchdown run was a big proponent in that.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gestures after a first down catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gestures after a first down catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he has a new outlook on the game of football after he missed most of last season with a fractured ankle.

"I'm just in a different place," Beckham said after he recorded 11 catches for 111 yards in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. "Once you see everything flash before you, and you don't know if you ae going to be the same person again, you don't know if football is going to be the same again, I got a different perspective."

Beckham, the star Giants receiver who signed a $95 million contract extension prior to the season to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the league, repeated how he spent night after night praying to get back onto the field for a game for the first time since Week 5 last year.

That he did.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Elijah McGuire was pretty excited watching from the sidelines when his teammate, Bilal Powell, burst up the middle for a 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. So imagine how he felt two quarters later when he nearly matched it with a long touchdown run of his own?

"Oh, you can cancel Christmas," the rookie joked after the Jets' 23-20 overtime win at MetLife Stadium.

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New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates with safety Jamal Adams after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates with safety Jamal Adams after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They heard it, even though they pretended not to listen. They heard every demeaning word, every cry that they're tanking the season, every prediction that they were destined to go 0-16. They heard from media, from fans, from family, from friends.

"The more people talked about us, the more our family members and friends hit us up and said, 'You all are going to be trash this year. They're saying you're not going to win a game,'" Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "After a while it just gets to be where enough is enough."

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Bowles, McCown on overtime win 00:01:52
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown recap the 23-20 overtime victory over the Jaguars and how they never gave up.

 

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime, lifting the New York Jets to a wacky 23-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

After Catanzaro split the uprights, he and his teammates celebrated wildly in the middle of the field - but then had to wait a moment because there was a penalty flag on the field. The officials ruled there actually was no penalty on the play - giving the Jets the victory.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson can't hold on to a touchdown attempt as Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard defends in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson can't hold on to a touchdown attempt as Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard defends in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

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New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin is interviewed before a game between the New York Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin is interviewed before a game between the New York Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jacksonville Jaguars have become the NFL's laughing stock with six straight seasons of double-digit losses, nine straight without a playoff berth, and only three winning seasons in the last 17 years. They need someone to completely rebuild the franchise.

And they might just turn back to the man who built it for them in the first place, more than 20 years ago.

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Tom Coughlin takes a stroll down memory lane when he leads his 3-8 Giants down to Jacksonville to face the 1-10 Jaguars.

Kickoff: 1pm Eastern

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Sunday Tom Coughlin will return to his old stomping grounds in Jacksonville, Florida when the Giants take on the Jaguars. Coughlin was the inaugural head coach for the expansion franchise.

?Terrible Tom? as they called him, spent eight seasons in Jacksonville (1995-2002) leading the team to the AFC championship in its second year in existence continuing with a run of four straight trips to the playoffs (Vacchiano, Nov. 29).

On Sept. 3, 1995, Coughlin coached his first game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, now called Everbank Field, while also serving as?GM of the Jaguars. His return marks the 300th NFL game in his career.

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Week 13 arrives with a whopping 16 teams with seven or more wins, the most ever in NFL history through 11 games. Unfortunately, the Giants (3-8) and their Week 13 opponent, the 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars, are not in that group.

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.

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After the 0-4 Week 1 start, I?m finally on the board after a solid week.

The Falcons, Seahawks and (unfortunately) the Broncos all won and covered, but I came up short with the Colts.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

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The big win from the Giants and a late victory from Dolphins allowed me to stay at .500 for the week.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 12 Record: 2-2

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From SNYGiants columnist Jon Wagner:

After winning his second Super Bowl in five seasons with the New York Giants, head coach Tom Coughlin kicked off the defense of his team?s most recent world championship by returning to the place where he first made a name for himself as an NFL head coach, as the Giants lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 32-31 in the teams? preseason opener on Friday night.

As with all preseason games however, the final outcome didn?t really matter as much as the players? health and seeing how they performed. On that front, here is what the Giants? coaching staff probably took note of the most:

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13 players sat out of last night's game due to either and injury or a physical issue. CB Terrell Thomas, OT Will Beatty, DT Rocky Bernard, LB Michael Boley, LB Jake Muasau, DE Justin Trattou, RB Da'Rel Scott, LB Jacquian Williams, DT Chris Canty, WR Hakeem Nicks, TE Travis Beckum and LB Clint Sintim were all expected to sit out.

WRs Domenik Hixon (hamstring) and David Douglas (quad) were late scratches. Ramses Barden started in place of Hixon. Douglas, who many had hoped to see after creating a stir at camp, was spelled by the group of other WR hopefuls.

Rookie Rueben Randle had two receptions; a 21-yarder and a six-yard pass from Ryan Perrilloux in the end zone. UDFA Julian Talley had two receptions for 22 yards and Isaiah Stanback made the play of the night reeling in a David Carr pass with one hand in the right corner of the end zone.

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Head coach Tom Coughlin met the media after his Giants dropped their preseason opener to the Jaguars, 32-31:

(on turnovers)??We do the best we can and move forward. The number one thing is ball security as a punt returner.? The first thing you have to do is catch the ball. We also have a lot of people who quite frankly don?t know what they?re doing. They may have some talent and ability, but they?re going to have to spend some more time trying to figure out how to do what we?re asking them to do.?

(on if the problems in the return game are recurring forJerrel Jernigan??lt looked like he took his eye off of it. I didn?t see it. Give credit to the punter; he punts the ball very, very high, but all you have to do is signal fair catch and concentrate totally on catching the ball. You don?t have to go through all that.?

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Each week, I?ll be spending some time examining the narratives that are driving the Jets? opponents. Not only will I be learning about who?s playing, but I?ll be finding out what they?re playing for.

Week 2: Jacksonville Jaguars

It speaks volumes about Jacksonville?s media market status (and my poor geography skills) that it took a Google search to remind me in which state the Jaguars play. Despite having the largest population of any Floridian city (at 821,784) and the largest area of any city in the United States, Jacksonville has had trouble getting people to come to games. Perhaps all that area means a city with incredibly low density. Whatever the case, starting in 2005, team officials took to covering 10,000 or so seats with tarp in order to avoid media blackouts.

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The coaching? carousel and whirlwind tour is over for Giants' DC Perry Fewell as the Denver Broncos announced today that they were hiring former Giants' DC John Fox as their new head coach.

From BroncoTalk.net......

John Elway has just announced via his Twitter account that John Fox has been named the newest head coach of the Denver Broncos.

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from Paul Schwartz of the Post....

Add Kevin Boss to the list of Giants players who required surgery after this past season.

The Giants' tight end yesterday underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure to repair an issue with his hip that was lingering during the season.

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin summed up his team's victory over Jacksonville via conference call with reporters today...

"Just to again draw together yesterday afternoon, by looking again at the numbers between the first and second half, you can see the quality of the improvement from 92 yards gained by a good Jaguars team in the second half compared to what they did in the first half. I think that we did not stop the run, and for that being our number one objective, that was disappointing. In the first half, I didn't think we got an awful lot done there. We had some miscommunications. We had some alignments that were designed to stop specific runs that we didn't quite get communicated. That was disappointing."

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- For the first time this year, the Giants did not turn the ball over. ?They still have not yet scored a touchdown on an opening drive. ?These are not characteristics of your typical 7-4 team, but I suppose the 2010 Giants are nothing close to typical.

- Eli Manning made some poor throws early in the game, but I have a hard time criticizing his performance seeing as he was playing with only two of his normal receivers, and his play in the second half of the game saved the season. ?I noticed a couple of times when his new receivers (Michael Clayton and Derek Hagan) clearly ran the wrong route, so Eli may still be adjusting to life without his two favorite targets.

- Mario Manningham had a nice game, and his statline should have been a lot better. ?His first touchdown catch was called back on a Kevin Boss hold, of which CBS showed no replay (Fox would have shown at least two replays...just saying...). ?He was also open on a couple of other plays, but Eli failed to get him the ball. ?Manningham and Boss (despite the hold) are stepping up when the team needs him to, but it should also be noted that the Jaguars have one of the worst secondaries I have seen over the past few years of watching NFL football.

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Before I start, let me out-cliche everyone. A win is a win. There are no style points in the NFL. You are what your record says you are....yada yada yada....

The Giants won a game they were favored to win. At home. By four points. Big deal.? I am glad the Giants won. However, I am perplexed at their all-too-frequent lethargy.

Try this cliche....the ends do not always justify the means.....

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from Jon Wagner....

Reminders of last year filled the New Meadowlands stadium on Sunday.

Giants? fans had seen this story before. A 5-0 start only to finish 3-8 and miss the playoffs last year, while losing home games against opponents the Giants should have beaten.

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The Giants survived the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 24 to 20.

- After trailing 17-6 at halftime, the Giants outscored the Jags 18 to 3 in the second half.

- Eli Manning had a good game despite being without his best receivers. ?He completed 14 of 24 passes for 226 with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His go to receivers were familiar faces: Kevin Boss had 3 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown, while Mario Manningham had 3 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.

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The Giants came out flat again today.....the offense failing multiple times in the red zone and the defense bending but not breaking.

The Giants scored first on a Lawrence Tynes 22 yard FG, but gave that lead up on the next possession when Jacksonville drove 75 yards in 9 plays, taking the lead on a 5-yard TD run by Rashad Jennings.

Scobee hit a 22 yd FG on the next drive to extend the Jags lead to 10-3.

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Inactive for the New York Giants today vs Jacksonville....

C Shaun O'Hara, OL Shawn Andrews, WR Steve Smith. WR Hakeem Nicks, OL David Diehl, WR Devin Thomas, CB Will Blackmon and LB Phillip Dillard

Lineup changes....Will Beatty will start at LT in place of Shawn Andrews; Brandon Jacobs will start at RB in place of Ahmad Bradshaw...

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1. Maurice Jones-Drew

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

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Quick previews from the Big 3 (Newspapers):

David Roth, The Wall Street Journal: The Giants are wracked by injuries along the offensive line and at wide receiver, swapping out the explosive but fumble-prone Ahmad Bradshaw for the enigmatic Brandon Jacobs at running back and coming off a pair of frustrating, mistake-filled losses. Whether this means they?re primed for a bounce-back against a just-good-enough Jacksonville squad or ready for a second-half swoon is hard to know, although your more fatalistic Giants fans are already making ?They were never that good? noises. This less-fatalistic Giants fan doesn?t know quite what type of noise to make, although I suspect I?ll know better after this week. As division leaders go, the Jaguars don?t seem all that intimidating. With the exception of an October win over the Colts, they haven?t beaten a single winning team en route to their 6-4 record. They run the ball hard and control the clock well, but Jacksonville is also yielding 27 points and a whopping 376.8 yards per game. So I?ll go with ?primed for a bounce-back,? even while my inner fatalist fan?s noises grow louder.

Mike Tanier, NY Times: While you wrap your brain around the fact that the Jaguars are in first place, reflect for a moment upon the Giants? short-lived reign as the best team in the N.F.C. Back-to-back divisional losses exposed major weaknesses: a secondary that allows receivers to get open over the middle too easily and an offense that thinks it needs to commit a minimum of three turnovers to have its parking validated. It?s a good thing the Giants? defense is stingy on third down (opponents are 7 of 43 on conversions in the last four games) and in the red zone (allowing just two touchdowns in the last 10 trips); otherwise, they would give up over 30 points per game. An injury rash at wide receiver had the team kicking tires on every irregulars-rack wideout from Michael Clayton (signed midweek) to Kevin Curtis. Phil McConkey was seen running extra hard on a treadmill recently, but that may just have been a coincidence. The Jaguars have rushed for over 145 yards in each of their last three games. Receiver Mike Sims-Walker is injured, but David Garrard has been spreading the ball to other targets efficiently. That easy win you circled when the schedule was released no longer looks very easy, though it should still be a win.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Nate Collins, a DT out of Virginia, off the Giants' practice squad today.

The move comes after the Jags placed DT Aaron Kampman (torn ACL) on injured reserve.

from Jaguars.com......Collins, 6-2, 296, signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie this year and spent the first nine weeks of the season on their practice squad.? He was a four-year letterman at Virginia where he was a teammate of Jaguars 2009 first-round draft pick Eugene?Monroe.

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