NFL: Philadelphia Eagles vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The Eagles come into this week eight matchup after collapsing and choking a 17 point, fourth quarter lead to Carolina in week seven. The Jaguars offense did not look good as they lost to Houston, to lose command of the AFC South. Here is a preview for their week eight game:
What happened the last time the Eagles played the Jaguars?
September 7, 2014: Week one of the 2014 season, the Eagles had Nick Foles under center and Chip Kelly calling the plays, coming off a playoff loss to the Saints. Blake Bortles was still backing up Chad Henne, who started at QB for Jacksonville, a team with very low expectations coming into the season. Allen Hurns, playing in his first career game went off in the first half, with two touchdowns as the Jaguars went into the locker room at halftime with a 17-0 lead. The Eagles quickly responded in the second half with Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz each scoring. A 70 yard bomb to Jeremy Maclin gave them the lead in the fourth, and a fumble recovery touchdown by Fletcher Cox sealed the deal for Philly as they won by a score of 34-17.
Eagles Notes for week 8:
Their run game was horrible in week seven:
I really like Corey Clement. He was a likeable undrafted rookie, who made the team last season despite not being given much of a chance to do so and who then went on to have a big game during Super Bowl LII. That being said, he should not be the lead back for the team. Against the Panthers, he ran the ball 8 times for a measly 6 yards. Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams weren’t much better and as a whole, the Eagles ran the ball 24 times for 58 yards, just 2.4 YPC. While maybe not Le’Veon Bell or Lesean McCoy, the Eagles need to trade for some starter-level running back to fill the void of Jay Ajayi.
Ronald Darby had a really tough game:
The secondary has been extremely inconsistent all season. While Jalen Mills has picked it up after starting the season slowly, Ronald Darby took a step back in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. He lost his man, and allowed Torrey Smith to break free for a 35 yard catch early in the game and then in the fourth quarter, he got burned by Devin Funchess for an 18 yard touchdown. The secondary has been banged up and they’ll need better play from Darby. The Eagles have been looking to upgrade their cornerbacks and I personally like Gareon Conley, a cornerback from the Raiders. Conley was a first round pick in 2017, but lost his starting job at the start of this season, in favor of Darryl Worley. Conley is a ball-hawk and compares to someone like the Rams’ cornerback Aqib Talib. He’s only 23 years old and likely wouldn’t cost the Eagles too much to bring in.
Jaguars notes for week 8:
They have Quarterback issues:
Throughout his four-year career, Blake Bortles has been criticized for his lack of accuracy and his ability to spot open receivers. In 69 career games and 68 starts, Bortles has thrown 99 touchdowns and an eye-opening 72 interceptions. His career completion rate is a subpar 59.3%. Doug Marrone finally had enough of Bortles’ mediocre play and he replaced him in the second quarter of the Jaguars’ game last week, in favor of Cody Kessler. Kessler underwhelmed as he completed 21 of 30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Marrone announced that Bortles will be the Jaguars’ starter in week eight but said that he will have a quick hook to replace him. The pressure will definately be on Bortles to perform well.
Carlos Hyde will make his Jaguars debut:
Leonard Fournette has hit the field just twicew this season as he has been aggravated by a lingering hamstring injury suffered against the Giants in week one. T.J. Yeldon has started in his place, and has played adequately but he will likely lose snaps this week to Carlos Hyde. The Jags acquired Hyde from Cleveland last week to try to create a spark in their backfield. In five games with Cleveland, Hyde carried the ball 114 times for 382 yards and five touchdowns. The Jaguars are hoping he can help to improve their struggling offense.
Who will win this game in London:
Both of these offenses have struggled over the past few weeks. The Jaguars will be without three cornerbacks on Sunday, leaving Jalen Ramsey with little help. I expect Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz will have big games. This is big game for Blake Bortles and he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder, knowing he could get replaced by Cody Kessler. The Eagles open as three point favorites and I think Bortles will cover that spread and move to 4-4, putting the Eagles in a deep hole to climb out of in the division
Final Score: Jaguars 24, Eagles 21