The Jaguars head to Wembley Stadium looking for a win
By Kathy Clark
The Jacksonville Jaguars head to Wembley Stadium in London to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. This game was one thought to be a preview for the 2019 Super Bowl.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need this win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Philadelphia Eagles look nothing like Super Bowl champs. Neither team has lived up to preseason expectations and the loser will be in a very deep hole. Here’s a look at both teams as they get set to meet Sunday morning.
"Fansided’s Matt Verderame said of the Jaguars currently at 3-4 and ranked 21st in the site’s power poll “When you are looking at [Blake] Bortles or [Cody] Kessler…it’s over.” ,He further stated that the Philadelphia Eagles ranked 12th over and also at 3-4 “Must win Sunday or its over.”"
This may be harsh but it lets the “home team” know what outsiders are saying.
The Jacksonville Jaguars – There is some good news for the reeling Jaguars. To start, the Jaguars will have a full complement of running backs thanks to the trade for Carlos Hyde.
The Jaguars are able to return to their run-first philosophy and take the pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles performs best using short crossing patterns and play action. Also, look for him to use more run-pass option against the Eagles defense.
Another hopeful piece of news is that the Jaguars won their last three games in London. In addition the Jaguars are familiar with the stadium atmosphere and it is a comfortable environment for them.
The Eagles have not played in London so this is a totally new experience for them.
The Jaguars meltdowns last Sunday could work in their favor. Frustration can build up and tempers flare. There was a players-only meeting and that gave players an opportunity to clear the air.
The coaches need to heed this warning and make a few changes to avoid losing the team and I believe they will do just that.
The Philadelphia Eagles – A look at the Eagles shows a litany of problems and issues. The team is coming off a bad game against the Carolina Panthers. Ian Wharton of FanSided reports the following:
"“The defending Super Bowls champs have had a tumultuous start to the season. Seven games in all and what we know about the Eagles team is they’re lacking the same energy and creativity shown last season.”"
The Eagles lost their star running back, Jay Ajayi, for the season. They have been unable to generate a consistent pass rush, and their secondary play is sub-par.
The game – This is a critical game for both teams. Each team can jump-start their season or continue the downhill slide.
Therefore I expect two very determined teams to take the field. All in all, this is a must-see game for fans on both sides. GO JAGUARS!