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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants are traveling in territory they've never seen and which few NFL teams visit.

With a 6-1 record, the Giants are tied with the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles for the most wins in the NFL. They have won six of their first seven games for the first time since 2008, when they started 11-1.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants join the 1988 New Orleans Saints as the only teams to win at least six of their first seven games and have all seven games decided by eight or fewer points. Since the NFL instituted the two-point conversion in 1995, the Giants are the first team to start 6-1 and have each game decided by one score.

The Giants have played seven consecutive games decided by eight or fewer points for the first time since Nov. 13 to Dec. 24, 1994.

Each of the Giants' last eight victories dating back to last season has been by eight or fewer points, their longest such streak since they had eight in a row in 2015-16

The Giants have won four consecutive games and have trailed in the second half in each of the last three against Green Bay, Baltimore and Jacksonville. They have won three consecutive games after trailing in the second half of each for the first time since Oct. 16-30, 1988, when they defeated Detroit twice and Atlanta.

The Giants are the third team ever to win at least five games when trailing in the second half through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2015 Falcons and 2007 Tennessee Titans.

For the first time in their history, the Giants have won three consecutive games after trailing in the fourth quarter in each one.

The Giants are the first team since the 2016 Lions to win at least four games when trailing in the fourth quarter through their first seven games of a season.

In the NFL this season, there have been 34 games in which a team came back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied with 1989 (34) and 2012 (34) for the most such games through Week 7 in NFL history.

*The Giants have trailed in each of their seven games this season but have won six of them. They are the first team to do that since the 2000 Oakland Raiders.

*The Giants have won all four of their October games and with a victory Sunday in Seattle will complete their first 5-0 month since November 2008.

*The Giants have won their first three games against AFC teams for the first time since 2016. They next face an AFC opponent when the Houston Texans visit MetLife Stadium on Nov. 13.

*The Giants have won four consecutive games by a total of 23 points. In 2020, they won four straight games by a combined 20 points.

*The Giants and Jaguars totaled 888 yards and 54 first downs (27 each) on Sunday, the highest figures together in a Giants game since Nov. 1, 2015, when the Giants and Saints gained 1,024 yards and had 63 first downs in New Orleans' 52-49 victory.

View photos from the Giants' Week 7 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

*Saquon Barkley continues to lead the NFL in scrimmage yards with 906 – 99 more than No. 2 Nick Chubb of Cleveland. Barkley is the only NFL player with at least 88 yards from scrimmage in seven games this season. Chubb is second with six games, followed by Christian McCaffrey with five.

*Barkley has two of the five highest yards from scrimmage totals through seven games in Giants history:

  • 2004: Tiki Barber - 1,100
  • 2006: Tiki Barber - 957
  • 1956: Frank Gifford - 927
  • 2022: Saquon Barkley - 906
  • 2018: Saquon Barkley - 905

*Barkley needs just 51 scrimmage yards to pass his 2021 total of 856.

*Barkley is second in the NFL with 726 rushing yards, 14 behind Chubb. He has the second-highest total through seven games in Giants history:

  • 2004: Tiki Barber - 748
  • 2022: Saquon Barkley - 726
  • 2006: Tiki Barber - 715
  • 2010: Ahmad Bradshaw - 708
  • 2005: Tiki Barber - 689

*Barkley is one of four players to lead his team in rushing yards and receptions – and one of the players has already moved on.

  • Saquon Barkley (Giants) - 726 rush yards, 25 receptions
  • Christian McCaffrey* (Carolina) - 393, 33
  • Austin Ekeler (L.A. Chargers) - 380, 53
  • Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay) - 362, 34

*McCaffrey was traded last week to the San Francisco 49ers.

*Barkley's 110 rushing yards in Jacksonville increased his career total to 3,663. That moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford (3,609) and into eighth place on the Giants' career list. Ron Johnson is seventh with 3,836 yards.

*Barkley's four receptions increased his total to 215. He passed Homer Jones (214) and moved into 24th place on the franchise career list, five behind Steve Smith.

*Barkley has handled the ball 168 times this season (143 rushing attempts, 25 receptions). That is 20 more than anyone else in the league. Cincinnati's Joe Mixon has 148 (121 carries, 27 catches).

*With 202 passing yards and 107 rushing yards, Daniel Jones became the first player in Giants history with 200/100 in a game. He is one of three quarterbacks with at least 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game this season. The others are Arizona's Kyler Murray and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson (twice).

*Prior to Sunday, the most rushing yards by a Giants player with 200+ passing yards in a game was 95 by Jones on Sept. 16, 2021, at Washington. The most passing yards by a player with 100+ rush yards prior to Jones was 72 by Ed Danowski on Nov. 25, 1934 vs. Boston.

*Jones' 107 rushing yards increased his season total to 343, the second highest for a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Jones ran for 423 yards in 2020.

*Jones has won four consecutive starts for the first time in his career and his six victories this season are a career high; he won five games as a starter in 2020.

*Jones leads the NFL with five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. He totaled three in his first three seasons.

*In Jacksonville, Darius Slayton scored his 10th touchdown on a pass from Jones. That is two more than any other receiver (Sterling Shepard – 8).

*Richie James leads the Giants with 191 receiving yards, one of six players with at least 100. Barkley is second with 180 yards. The Giants are the only NFL team without a 200-yard receiver.

*Graham Gano's three-field goal game Sunday was the 48th of his career. Gano has scored 58 points, five fewer than NFL leader Jason Myers of Seattle. The last Giants player to lead the NFL in scoring was Don Chandler in 1963, with 106 points.

*The Giants-Jaguars game took 3:29 to complete. It was the longest Giants game since Dec. 2, 2018, when the Giants defeated the Bears, 30-27, in overtime in 3:34, and the longest four-quarter game since the 52-49 game seven years ago in New Orleans that was played in 3:33.

*The Giants are 6-0 when they outscore their opponents in the second half and 0-1 when they don't.

*The Giants have won six consecutive games and 11 of 12 when holding their opponents to less than 20 points. Their last defeat was to Atlanta, 17-14, on Sept. 26, 2021.

*After they play in Seattle, the Giants will have their bye week. Their .667 winning percentage in pre-bye games is tied for fourth in the NFL.

Best records prior to bye week:

  • Seattle Seahawks 27-6-0 (.818)
  • Minnesota Vikings 24-10-0 .(706)
  • New Orleans Saints 23-10-0 (.697)
  • Giants 22-11-0 (.667)
  • Dallas Cowboys 22-11-0 (.667)
  • Green Bay Packers 21-12-0 (.636)
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