David Garrard and the Jags look for their fourth-straight win at New York.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have reeled off three straight wins, cashing with a 3-0 NFL spread record in that stretch. Jack Del Rio’s club travels to New Meadowlands Stadium’s turf for Sunday’s clash with the New York Giants, who have dropped two straight.
Sports books opened New York as a 9 ½-point home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 45 ½. Early wagers on the Jaguars and ‘under’ drove the numbers south to seven and 44 ½, respectively.
Jacksonville’s latest triumph came in last Sunday’s 24-20 win as a 2 ½-point home favorite against the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars came from behind, picking up two late touchdowns after entering the fourth quarter down, 17-10.
Jaguars quarterback David Garrard completed 20-of-34 passes for 254 yards. The nine-year veteran threw three interceptions, while hitting mates Marcedes Lewis and Mike Thomas for one score each.
Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 133 yards, nearly equaling his season-high. The 25-year-old took in the team’s go-ahead touchdown from the one-yard line with 1:16 remaining.
The Jaguars’ defense allowed 283 yards, with 195 coming through the air. Defensive end Jeremy Mincey logged two of his squad’s six sacks, while safety Sean Considine grabbed his first interception of the year.
The tight affair’s 44 combined points leaped above the closing ‘total’ of 43. Jacksonville notched 24 first downs in its 31 minutes of possession, while going 3-for-3 in scoring touchdowns from the red zone.
Jacksonville is 2-2 ATS in its first four road games, with the ‘over’ cashing at 4-0. Mincey and Co. have allowed a sizable 30.8 PPG in that span.
New York logged its latest setback in last Sunday’s 27-17 defeat as a 3 ½-point road dog against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants came from behind in the fourth quarter, taking a 17-16 lead, but allowed 10 unanswered points after their surge ahead.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw three interceptions, while coughing up one of his squad’s two fumbles. The Louisiana native connected on 20-of-33 attempts, notching 147 yards en route to two touchdowns.
Manning’s favorite target was wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who logged 65 yards with a team-high six catches. Nicks is expected to miss his next three games due to a leg injury, according to DonBest.com.
The Giants’ defense gave up 392 yards, which included a combined 292 yards of passing and rushing by Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. New York’s Justin Tuck recorded all three of his squad’s sacks, equaling his season-high.
New York is 2-3 ATS in its first five home games, with the ‘under’ also going 2-3. Tom Coughlin’s crew has notched 406.6 YPG in that stretch, while allowing 20.6 PPG.
Jacksonville is 3-1 ATS in its last four meetings against the Giants, with the ‘over’ also cashing at 3-1.
The foes have not met since 2006, when the Jaguars won, 26-10, as four-point home favorites. Garrard led Jacksonville’s offense to 21 first downs in its 40 minutes of possession, while Manning logged two interceptions for New York.
Sunday’s kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. (PT), with CBS providing television coverage in some markets.
The weather forecast in East Rutherford, NJ calls for a high of 48 degrees, with sunny conditions and calm winds.
Both clubs face divisional opponents as part of next Sunday’s league slate. New York will remain at home against the Washington Redskins, while Jacksonville visits the Tennessee Titans.