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Giants begin 2018 season with a loss


Jacksonville Jaguars v New York Giants Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

The New York Giants were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, 20 to 15.

It was looking like the G-Men were going to have one last drive to attempt a comeback but punt returner Kaelin Clay muffed the ball and the Jags recovered to seal the deal.

Overall, it was a relatively unimpressive start for the Giants, who went 3-13 last year.

The 37-year-old Eli Manning went 23/37 for 224 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception (a pick six), and a 67.9 passer rating. Still not scaring anybody.

Saquon Barkley did flash with an impressive 68-yard touchdown run. But prior to that point it was apparent how he could easily struggle behind a bad Giants offensive line. Barkley only mustered 38 combined yards on his other 17 carries (2.2 average) of the game.

The always uninspiring Pat Shurmur lived up to his reputation by failing to go for it on a key fourth-down play. The Giants also had a delay of game penalty coming out of halftime. Oh and Shurmur lost a challenge where a Jaguars running back was clearly down.

The Jaguars — whom the Eagles play in Week 8 — didn’t look so great either. Their defense is certainly still solid, but Blake Bortles is just clearly bad. Not to be outdone, the Giants’ defense allowed a 41-yard run to him.

On a day when the Eagles don’t play, it’s always good to see one of their division rivals lose. Let’s see if the Cowboys and/or Washington will join the Giants.

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