AT FIRST GLANCE
After both sides traded field goals for much of the night, backup quarterback Ryan Nassib eventually tipped the scales for the New York Giants with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dwayne Harris in the fourth quarter en route to a 22-12 victory over the Jackonville Jaguars in the second week of the preseason.
The Giants (1-1) "host" the Jets (1-1) for the annual "MetLife Bowl" on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff for the third preseason game is set for 7 p.m. ET.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
With Eli Manning under center for three drives, the Giants' first-team offense gained 76 yards on 22 plays, up from 28 yards on 15 snaps in the preseason opener against Cincinnati. Manning finished 4 of 14 for 46 yards as he aired it out to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. five times -- including the first two plays of the game -- with no completions.
The starters found success a drive later on the ground, especially to the left side of rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers and left guard Justin Pugh. Running in their direction, Andre Williams had a run for 11 yards and Shane Vereen went for 10 more yards, leading to a field goal and the only points of the night for the ones. Relieving Manning late in the first half, backup quarterback Ryan Nassib went 19 of 35 for 217 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dwayne Harris in the fourth quarter. The 217 yards were a career high for Nassib in the preseason or otherwise. His previous best was 158 yards last preseason against Indianapolis.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Former Jaguar and current Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas III led the unit against his old team, recording five tackles which included a strip-sack that fellow linebacker Devon Kennard recovered and another tackle for a loss of 8 yards.
With starting quarterback Blake Bortles playing into the middle of the second quarter for Jacksonville, the Giants held the Jaguars to 7 of 17 on third-down conversion attempts, resulting in all field goals and no touchdowns. Defensive end Damontre Moore notched 2.0 sacks as the Giants finished with three on the night.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS
Five standout performers in the Giants second preseason game vs. Jaguars
In a dream game for kickers, Josh Brown made five of the nine total field goals from distances of 53, 51, 43, 37, and 28 yards. After missing one attempt last week, Brown was perfect for the Giants on Saturday night.
DID NOT PLAY
WR Victor Cruz (calf), WR Rueben Randle (tendinitis), DE George Selvie (knee), WR Julian Talley (toe), CB Prince Amukamara (groin) S Landon Collins (knee). CB Chykie Brown (knee), CB Jayron Hosley (concussion), S Nat Berhe (calf), S Cooper Taylor (toe), CB Chandler Fenner (hamstring), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), OL Brandon Mosley (back), OT Will Beatty (PUP, pec)
Preston Parker for Cruz at WR; Trevin Wade for Amukamara at RCB; Bennett Jackson for Collins at FS.
OL Justin Pugh, PK Josh Brown, DT Cullen Jenkins