Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face the Jaguars on Sunday
*1. The pass rush. *
Coming off last week's loss to Dallas, the Giants have talked at length about the need to improve the pass rush, which is coincidentally tied with the Cowboys for 27th in the NFL with 19 sacks on the season. Meanwhile, the Giants' upcoming opponent, the 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars, have allowed a league-high 43 sacks entering Week 13.
2. Offensive line changes.
The Giants shook up their offensive line last week for the first time this season, and with Adam Snyder ruled out with a knee injury, there will be at least one more change again in the lineup. Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed on Friday that rookie Weston Richburg, whom Snyder had replaced, will return to his starting role at left guard. Meanwhile, right tackle Justin Pugh is questionable with a quadriceps injury after missing last week's game.
3. Coughlin coaches his 300th game.
Coughlin is set to become the 13th person in NFL history (third active) to be a head coach for 300 regular-season games when his current team faces his former one this Sunday. Coughlin began the count with the upstart Jaguars, whom he coached from 1995-2002 and took to two AFC Championship Games. "For a young guy, it's hard to believe 300 games," joked the 68-year-old Coughlin. "I must have started when I was 15."
4. Youthful Jaguars.
Speaking of youth, the NFL doesn't get any younger than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are the youngest team in the league. They have started nine rookies this season, in addition to 10 second-year players, according to The Associated Press. But no one on the 3-8 Giants will take them lightly. "They have one win, and we have three wins," quarterback Eli Manning said early in the week. "I don't think we are in a position to label anybody or to think we are better than anybody. We have to play well. We've got to find a way to get a win, we've got to put 60 minutes together and play great football for that whole time."
5. The injury report.
DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), OL Adam Snyder (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder) have been ruled out for Sunday's game. DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) and OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps) are questionable. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (back), LB Jameel McClain (knee), CB Domonique Rodgers Cromartie (back/hamstring), and OL Geoff Schwartz (toe) are probable.
*6. Beckham's next act. *
Like Coughlin said, let's not put Beckham in the Pro Football Hall of Fame just yet after his incredible performance last week. We'll see what he has in store this week and the many Sunday's to come, as the rookie isn't satisfied, either. "I hope it's not the greatest catch of all time," Beckham said of his incredible one-handed touchdown last week. "I hope I can make more. It really means nothing without a win. We still go home at the end of the day with a loss. That's not fulfilling."
7. A strong finish.
Three quarters haven't been enough for the Giants, who lost back-to-back games by single possessions to extend their losing streak to six games. It's all about the finish now, both in games and for the final stretch of the season. "There are five games left. Let's not put the cork on the bottle, let's not be talking about this season yet," Coughlin said in his exclusive weekly interview with Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "Let's see how this season finishes and then we'll talk about it. Right now, we're preparing for a team (the Jacksonville Jaguars) that is an aggressive, young team with no one on the injury report. Quite frankly, they play loose, they play fast and they have nothing to lose except a job."