Tom Coughlin’s magic touch should be familiar to Giants fans

Tom Coughlin has flipped the script on the Giants.

As his former group seems prepared to pull the plug on his sideline successor Ben McAdoo, maybe as early as Monday, Coughlin’s Jaguars are tied for first place.

The Giants are 2-10, name Geno Smith their beginning quarterback, and now sit second within the 2018 draft order. The Jaguars, whom Coughlin coached with distinction from 1995-2002 earlier than main the Giants to two Super Bowl championships, are Eight-Four and tied with the Titans for the lead within the AFC South following their simple 30-10 victory over the Colts on Sunday.

Coughlin resigned beneath stress on the finish of 2015 and spent a yr on the fringes of the Giants group earlier than signing on because the Jaguars’ senior vice chairman of soccer operations. His alternative of old-school coach Doug Marrone has confirmed good, because the Jaguars have healed numerous the self-inflicted wounds that plagued them for a few years.

The Jaguars even resemble Coughlin’s early years with the Giants — keep in mind Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan? — thanks to two of his acquisitions. First-round choose Leonard Fournette, chosen fourth total in 2017, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in yards from scrimmage. And free-agent DE Calais Campbell has 12.5 sacks after getting one of many 4 of Colts QB Jacoby Brissett on Sunday. The aptly named “Sacksonville” protection leads the NFL with 45 sacks.

The Jaguars’ weakest hyperlink has been QB Blake Bortles, main many to predict — even assume — Eli Manning will be taking part in in Jaguar teal and gold subsequent season.

Coughlin allowed himself to touch upon the Giants’ uncomfortable state of affairs final week when he mentioned “surprised is not the word” and that he was “very upset” to hear Manning had been benched.

We’ll see if Coughlin supplies Manning a touchdown spot at a time when the Jaguars are roaring.

Big day in NF-Sea

Pete Carroll certain can coach protection. With Legion of Boomers Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor each out for the season, Carroll and the remaining Seahawks defenders found the key to slowing down Carson Wentz.

Seattle defeated the Eagles, 24-10, holding them to three touchdowns beneath their league-leading common of 31.1 ppg. And it was one other magical recreation for Russell Wilson, who threw three landing passes and defied perception on a few of his scrambling escapes. The Seahawks are Eight-Four and stay a recreation behind the 9-Three Rams within the NFC West.

The Rams thumped the Cardinals, 32-16, within the desert, to assure their first profitable season since 2003. How way back was that? Head coach Sean McVay was 17 years outdated. The Rams then resided in St. Louis and their opening day quarterback-running again duo was Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. Those two now reside in Canton.

And the tight pack on the prime of the NFC South noticed some separation because the Saints jumped to 9-Three with a 31-21 victory over the Panthers, who fell to Eight-Four. The Falcons are one other recreation again at 7-5 as their offense fizzled in a 14-9 residence loss to Minnesota. At 10-2, the Vikings now maintain the highest seed within the NFC in a tiebreaker over the Eagles. If that holds, they’d have an amazing shot to be the primary group to play a Super Bowl in its residence stadium.

Play of the Day

Tarik Cohen’s punt return with slightly below six minutes to go within the first half towards the 49ers at Soldier Field went into the books as a 61-yard landing. That’s spectacular sufficient. But superior metrics evaluation of Cohen’s path, as proven on FOX, confirmed Cohen ran 127 yards as he caught the punt at his personal 39, doubled again so far as the 25 to get away from tacklers, discovered open house on the left hash marks and rode a convoy of blockers into the top zone.

Bad Beat

This has to rank within the prime 5 of unhealthy beats for 2017. You’ve obtained the Texans plus 6 ½ on the Titans, and Houston has the ball first-and-10 on the Tennessee 29 with 1:13 to go. Tom Savage’s go meant for DeAndre Hopkins is intercepted by LeShaun Sims ultimately zone for a touchback. No biggie, till three performs later when, with Houston out of timeouts, Derrick Henry runs 75 yards for a landing that gave the Titans the 24-13 win and the duvet.

Post Patterns

The Packers are 6-6 after a 26-20 additional time victory over the Buccaneers at Lambeau. They play the winless Browns subsequent week, after which may get Aaron Rodgers again in Week 15, in accordance to FOX’s Jay Glazer. … WR Josh Gordon made his first look in additional than 2 ½ seasons for the Browns, getting back from a number of drug suspensions to catch 4 passes for 85 yards in Cleveland’s 19-10 loss to the Chargers. … After beginning the season Zero-Four, the Chargers are actually tied for first within the AFC West with the Raiders and free-falling Chiefs, all at 6-6. NFL.com lists the Chiefs because the division chief and fourth seed presently, with the Chargers (seventh) and Raiders (ninth) on the skin trying in. … The tried demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome, the Lions’ residence from 1975-2001, was a failure on Sunday. The Lions, nevertheless, are imploding proper on schedule. They fell, 44-20, to the Ravens to drop to 6-6, their second loss in a row. To add harm to insult, Matthew Stafford left within the fourth quarter with a hand harm (X-rays detrimental), and his substitute, Jake Rudock, threw an interception which the Ravens’ Eric Weddle returned 45 yards for a landing.

Three stars

1. Case Keenum, Vikings QB
In a defensive battle during which high quality trumped amount, Keenum accomplished 25-of-30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 14-9 street win over the Falcons and a 10-2 file.

2. Robbie Gould, 49ers Okay
Gould related on all 5 field-goal makes an attempt in his outdated stomping grounds at Soldier Field, good for all of his group’s factors in a 15-14 win over the Bears in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first 49ers begin.

Three. Philip Rivers, Chargers QB
Throwing on nearly each play, Rivers hit on 31-of-43 for 344 yards within the Chargers’ 19-10 victory over the Browns, which vaulted LA right into a tie for first-place within the AFC West at 6-6.

He mentioned what?

“It was a dirty play, apology or not. It’s a dirty play. There’s two sides to the story — he’s being held, we’re being pushed off. So it is what it is. We’ll see them again in a few weeks.”

Bills S Micah Hyde, per ESPN, on Rob Gronkowski’s late low cost shot on CB Tre’Davious White after an interception within the Patriots’ 23-Three victory.

Fantasy Insanity

  • Tyreek Hill had a type of blockbuster video games — six catches, 185 yards, two touchdowns (36.5 fantasy PPR factors). His manufacturing is also unbelievably risky. His common disparity in scoring from week to week is 12.Four factors. He has the identical variety of single-digit weeks as 20-plus weeks (4). Next week vs. the Raiders should be one other huge week.
  • The murky backfield outlooks proceed for the Titans and Vikings. DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry break up carries evenly, however huge run late gave Henry the sting. Latavius Murray obtained 19 touches, 5 greater than Jerick McKinnon, however McKinnon obtained the rating. We don’t belief both group to settle into predictable utilization.
  • The Packers’ backfield was a lot much less murky, with Jamal Williams getting all however one RB carry, that one going to Aaron Jones, again from a knee sprain. That one carry was the game-clinching TD. Don’t get comfortable beginning Williams. Expect Jones to start consuming closely into the backfield workload. He has averaged 5.Three yards per carry this season to Williams’ Three.2.

Drew Loftis

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