Giants-Jaguars Week 7 Preview
The 5-1 New York Giants will fly south to take on the 2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in Week 7.
The Giants are coming off yet another thrilling comeback victory as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 24-20, at home last weekend. Meanwhile, the Jaguars fell to the Indianapolis Colts in a divisional matchup, 34-27, in Indy.
Here are notes and stats for players from both teams ahead of the Week 7 matchup.
*QB Daniel Jones completed 19 of 27 atts. (70.4 pct.) for 173 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 112.1 rating in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (Geno Smith & Matthew Stafford) with 3+ games (3) of 70+ comp. pct. in 2022.
*RB Saquon Barkley had 95 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 12 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week & is only player with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 6 weeks. Leads NFL with 771 scrimmage yards in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Made NFL debut vs. Jax. in last meeting & had 128 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD.
*TE Daniel Bellinger led team with career-high 5 receptions & 38 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD.
*WR Wan'Dale Robinson had 1st-career TD catch in Week 6.
*S Julian Love had 2 PD & 4th-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5.
*S Xavier McKinney led team with career-high 9 tackles in Week 6.
*DL Dexter Lawrence tied career high with 4th sack of season & PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with sack.
*DL Leonard Williams had 3rd-career FR in Week 6.
*LB Kayvon Thibodeaux had 1st-career sack & 1st-career FF in Week 6.
*LB Oshane Ximines had TFL last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road.
*LB Jihad Ward had 2 TFL in Week 6. Has career-high 6 TFL in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL.
*CB Adoree' Jackson had PD last week. Has 5 PD in his past 5 vs. Jax.
*QB Trevor Lawrence completed 20 of 22 atts. (career-high 90.9 pct.) for 165 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 113.1 rating & had career-high 2 rush TDs last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 0 INTs in 3 of his past 4 home starts.
*RB Travis Etienne led team with 108 scrimmage yards (career-high 86 rush, 22 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards.
*RB James Robinson has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home & has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home.
*RB JaMycal Hasty had 57 rush yards & 1st rush TD of season in Week 6.
*WR Christian Kirk had 4th TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 60+ rec. yards.
*WR Marvin Jones has 7 catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home.
*WR Zay Jones has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3.
*TE Evan Engram aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Selected in 1st round (No. 23 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft by NYG & had 262 catches for 2,828 yards & 16 TDs in 5 seasons with club (2017-21).
*LB Foyesade Oluokun led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 14 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. NYG (9/26/21 w/ Atl.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with 10+ tackles.
*LB Josh Allen has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has 2 sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home.
*CB Tyson Campbell set season highs in tackles (7) & PD (3) in Week 6.
*CB Shaquill Griffin set season highs in tackles (9), TFL (2) & PD (2) last week.
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Daniel Bellinger has a 'knack' for making plays
As a tight end in high school and college, Daniel Bellinger admired many players who excelled at the position, but George Kittle stood above them all.
"I love watching him play because he would just do both – the blocking and the receiving end of it," Bellinger said yesterday. "And it was just exciting to see a tight end do that because a lot of times, you see the older tight ends just straight blocking. And you see some tight ends like (Kansas City's Travis) Kelce getting a lot of receiving yards. But just watching them growing up, Kittle was a big idol of mine."
No one is ready to compare Bellinger to Kittle, the San Francisco 49ers' six-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler who was a 2019 first-team All-Pro. But on a 5-1 Giants team that has received substantial contributions from several rookies, Bellinger is arguably the first-year player who has made the biggest impact.
"I think he's improved since he's been here," coach Brian Daboll said. "He's been available, he's worked hard. He's done a good job inside and outside the building."
Bellinger is third on the Giants with 15 catches and fourth with 139 receiving yards. His three touchdowns place him second on the team, behind only Saquon Barkley (four). When he scored on a two-yard run against Green Bay in London, Bellinger became the first rookie tight end in Giants history to rush for a touchdown. Last week, his eight-yard scoring reception from Daniel Jones with 6:01 left against Baltimore lifted the Giants to within three points in a game they went on to win, 24-20.
"He's got a knack for getting open, finding space, and making key plays for us," Jones said. "He deserves a lot of credit. We'll continue to try to get him the ball and let him make those plays."