New York Giants: 5 keys to victory against Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 10: Calais Campbell #93 of the Jacksonville Jaguars
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No. 2 – Combat the pass-rush

So, we talked about the Giants sending as much heat the Jaguars way, but what about the opposite? Make no mistake, the Giants offensive line faces a serious challenge ahead to make sure they keep Manning upright while giving him more than two seconds to throw the ball.

The team should feel confident with two-time Super Bowl champion tackle, Nate Solder, locking down the left side along with hog-molly guard and second-round rookie, Will Hernandez.

The right side is where things get questionable.

The Jaguars elected to pay Norwell and wave goodbye to Patrick Omameh, who will take the right side at guard for the G-Men next to the man every New York Giants fan loves to hate, Ereck Flowers. If Big Blue wants any chance at slowing down the rush, they’ll need a much better performance from both players than what they saw in the preseason.

Campbell will receive plenty of attention and with good reason, but opposite him is a third-year player and Pro Bowl defensive end, Yannick Ngakoue, who has also established himself as a premier pass-rusher in the league.

Expect Shurmur to call quick slant passes and screens early on to counter the Jaguars desire to pounce.