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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants predictions: Bold predictions for Week 1

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are minutes away from starting the 2018 regular season with a Week 1 matchup against the New York Giants.

Before the game begins, we wanted to ask the Big Cat Country team (and you!) a simple question:

“How will the Jaguars do against the Giants today?”

Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)

I think the Jaguars will stand out on the lines of scrimmage against the Giants and will ultimately be why they win. I’m not buying the revamped Giant offensive line and without Olivier Vernon their pass rush is pretty anemic.

Jaguars win 24-10

Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)

Blake Bortles is going to benefit heavily from three linebackers on the injury report and Olivier Vernon out. This defense is better, the run game is better — I think the Jaguars cruise to an easy victory.

Jaguars win 27-16

Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)

The Jaguars defense gets home more often than not on Eli Manning and Blake Bortles plays turnover-free ball. That was the recipe last year and will be this game too. Barkley gets in a nice run or two for the Giants.

Jaguars win 23-16

Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)

I actually think this game is going to be closer than a lot of people anticipate, and I foresee a lower scoring game as both offenses adjust to the new season throughout the game.

Bold prediction! With Olivier Vernon out, I think the Giants fail to generate much of a pass rush and Blake Bortles gets into a rhythm late to lead the Jags to a game-winning score. Oh, and Jacksonville’s defensive line gets the better of New York’s new-look offensive line and sacks/pressures Eli Manning often.

Jaguars win 21-16

Brian Fullford (@iambwf)

I respect what the Giants have done to solidify an awful offensive line, but center is still a weakness. The Jaguars front four, especially the interior, should find success collapsing the pocket and limiting interior running lanes. This will free up the Jaguars linebackers to control intermediate routes, and anything pushing the edge.

Bold prediction! Jacksonville’s defense will disallow any rhythm for the Giants offense. In doing so, the Jaguars will win the turnover battle with at least a +2 margin, including a defensive touchdown.

Jaguars win 24-10

What do you think? Got any predictions for the Jaguars vs. Giants game? What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments below!