The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a 10-day trip to London. They'll need to adjust back to the time zone, which could turn out to be a potential disadvantage when they face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. However, they showed last year that jetlag should not be an issue on game day.
There were talks about the Jags having a competitive edge when they played the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 because they were already acclimated to London. The same logic would apply to the Colts game. Given that Jacksonville will need to adjust to the Eastern Time Zone, they could be at a disadvantage.
Head coach Doug Pederson, for one, doesn't think that will be the case. He met with the local media Wednesday and talked about the approach the team is taking ahead of Week 6.
"That's a real concern. Coming back from a 10-day trip and the jetlag is real and all of that for a couple days," Pederson said. "Just spend more time in walkthroughs, slow the pace down a little bit, trying to get their bodies and minds kind of rejuvenated again."
"Obviously, the onus is on the player for understanding the game plan and getting the game plan down. But I can do my part by helping them and maybe getting them out of the building a little bit sooner, where they can, not so much get them out of the building to get them off the field where they can continue their rehab and treatments. Hydration is important, nutrition is important, and making sure that they get rest at night," Pederson continued.
Last year, the Jaguars lost to the Denver Broncos in London. However, they returned to the U.S. and had no trouble disposing of the Las Vegas Raiders the following week. At the time, Pederson said he had consulted with sleep experts before the team traveled to London. Based on the outcome of the Raiders game, it looks like the approach worked, so it's highly likely that the Jaguars will use a similar strategy this time around. Here's the head coach's exchange with the media.
Jetlag or not, the Jaguars have a big test vs. the Colts in Week 6
The Jaguars are coming back-to-back wins in London. Now, they'll look to build on the success and extend their winning streak to three. Working in their favor is that they've looked much better than they did against their Week 3 loss to the Houston Texans.
Although the offense currently ranks 20th in points scored, they've been able to move the ball much better than they did in previous games, where they would get to enemy territory only to stall out. The defense for their part, has been adept at stopping the run and has overall done a good job of stymieing opposing offenses even though the pass rush hasn't been great.
That said, the Colts aren't pushovers. Barring any sudden developments, Gardner Minshew will be behind center in Week 6. The former Jaguars quarterback has fared well in relief of Anthony Richardson this season, completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 553 yards with two touchdowns on 83 attempts.
Add the return of running back Jonathan Taylor after starting the season on Injured Reserve, along with a front four that gave the Jaguars fits in the opener, and Indianapolis has enough talent to make things interesting in Week 6.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to solidify their place not only as the top team in the division but as one of the best in the AFC. Beating the Colts in Week 6 would help their cause.