NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Eagles at Jaguars (London)
Jacksonville makes its annual trek to jolly old England to face off against the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles this week.
When the 2018 schedules were announced, British fans thought the NFL finally provided them with a top matchup of playoff-caliber teams. Instead, they will watch a pair of struggling sub-.500 teams trying to get back on track after a trans-Atlantic journey.
Philadelphia comes off a devastating meltdown loss in which they blew a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter to Cam Newton and the Panthers. Apparently, their Week 6 blowout of the division rival Giants was more the product of a bad opponent than the return of the Eagles’ Super Bowl swagger.
Carson Wentz is still taking too many hits and every play seems to be a struggle for the offensive line. The defense is stopping the run but ranks 24th against the pass.
But at least they didn’t have to bench their quarterback in the middle of a game. Blake Bortles was pulled after his second turnover and generally inept performance.
When Cody Kessler marched the team to their first scoring drive, it looked like a quarterback controversy could be brewing. But Kessler’s subsequent turnover and overall results led Coach Doug Marrone to announce Bortles as the Week 8 starter.
Marrone is probably trying to figure out who to bench on defense. The vaunted Jacksonville unit ranks second in overall yards allowed but somehow gave up 90 points over the last three games, all losses.
Injuries and notes:
Eagles’ defensive end Derek Barnett tore a rotator cuff last week and will have season-ending surgery this week.
Corner Sidney Jones will likely miss his second consecutive game, but there are no new injury concerns for the Eagles.
Jacksonville’s defense lists three corners, as well as defensive end Calais Campbell as questionable for Sunday’s matchup.
Linebacker Donald Payne is likely out with a knee strain, but he is only listed as questionable so far, too.
Running back Leonard Fournette remains out. TJ Yeldon is healthy, but expect newcomer Carlos Hyde to get worked into the mix this week.
Both coaches are coming off surprisingly good 2018 campaigns only to see their teams struggle this year. You might expect that Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson is getting more flak from Philadelphia fans than Marrone would get in Jacksonville.
But there is a lot to be said about winning a Super Bowl. So far, things aren’t as ugly as they could be in the City of Brotherly Love. Jacksonville fans, on the other hand, expected to run away with the AFC South and are getting impatient.
How to watch the Jaguars vs Eagles game
The NFL Network has exclusive rights to this London matchup and will broadcast it to an international audience starting at 9:30 Eastern time.
Unfortunately, a lot of NFL fans don’t get the NFL Network as part of their cable or satellite packages. For those folks, this seems like a good week to try out internet television providers like Sling or Fubo TV.
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Who will win the Jaguars v Eagles game?
Each of these teams has talent superior to their season records. London fans still have a shot at watching a top-quality matchup even if the won-loss records indicate a second-tier game.
Bortles came up with a good season after being benched early last year. He could bounce back from his embarrassing effort of last week while the Jaguars’ defense takes advantage of Philadelphia’s pass protection woes.
In fact, that will be the difference. Final score: Jaguars 19, Eagles 17