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Refocused, NFL Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars 20, New York Giants 15

Jacksonville Jaguars 20, New York Giants 15 Analyst Takeaways Second-year running back Leonard Fournette looked good before being forced from the game with an injury in the second quarter.
The offensive line was beaten up a bit by the Giants defensive line in the run game, but they had a nice afternoon in pass protection.
The Jaguars Defensive line looked as strong as it did a season ago.
The offensive line struggled mightily against the pass-rush of the Jaguars.
The Giants defensive line should make life difficult for opposing running backs throughout the season.
Hill also looked good in run defense.
Cornerback Eli Apple had a strong game in coverage, especially covering throws deep down the right sideline.
Blake Bortles challenged Apple twice with vertical routes down the sideline, on the first one, he cut off receiver Donte Moncrief from having any shot at making a catch, and on the second one, he stayed step-for-step with Moncrief before throwing his arms up and getting a hand on the ball to defend the pass.
Key to the game Jacksonville: The Jaguars offensive line did a tremendous job of keeping their quarterback free from pressure.
However too often in the game, he had very little running room as the offensive line struggled to create much space at the line of scrimmage.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon, 20-15, during the NFL’s first full Sunday of action.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Jacksonville Jaguars 20, New York Giants 15

Analyst Takeaways

Second-year running back Leonard Fournette looked good before being forced from the game with an injury in the second quarter. Fournette gained at least five yards on five of his nine carries, putting the powerful short-term burst that landed him as a top-5 pick a year ago on full display.

The offensive line was beaten up a bit by the Giants defensive line in the run game, but they had a nice afternoon in pass protection. Quarterback Blake Bortles was able to make many of his throws from a clean pocket, and the Giants were only able to get to him for one sack, a play where Kareem Martin was able to get past Andrew Norwell into the pocket.

The career of cornerback D.J. Hayden has been somewhat disappointing so far, however, in the slot for the Jaguars, he…

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