This week, the Eagles travel across the pond to face the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium looking to rebound from a heartbreaking loss. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
ALEX WHITNEY (4-3)
The Jags and Eagles have both struggled to 3-4 starts to the season after going deep into the playoffs last year. Blake Bortles has struggled enough to be benched last week vs. Houston and Leonard Fournette has been hurt the majority of the year. That spells disaster for any team. London has become sort of a second home for the Jags and has treated Bortles well, but I still think the Eagles have enough offense and can make enough defensive stops to beat them.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Jaguars 14
KEVIN MEANS (3-4)
After nearly meeting in the Super Bowl last year, both of these teams are struggling as of late. This should be a relatively low scoring game and it could get sloppy. Carson Wentz is going to have to deal with a stacked Jaguars defense and Alshon Jeffery will likely be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey for most of the game. Getting the run game going will be the key for the Eagles offense in order to open. We could even see some designed runs for Wentz since it worked so well for the Cowboys a couple of weeks back. On defense, the Eagles should be able to get back to what had been working so well for the first three-quarters of week 7. Blake Bortles was benched last week and the Jaguars coaching staff has already come out and said that he will be on a short leash. Getting a couple of early turnovers on Bortles could cement him on the bench and start the Cody Kessler era in Jacksonville. The Eagles should be able to bounce back after a tragic loss to the Panthers last week and secure a win.
Final Prediction: Eagles 20, Jaguars 10
JOE FABIANI (2-5)
The Eagles head into this matchup in a must-win situation. They’ll be up against a Jaguars team that has been a shell of itself since last season. Both teams are extremely desperate for a win here and searching for an identity. It’s going to come down to who wants it more. I do believe that the Eagles have the advantage with their defense going against an abysmal Jags offense who struggles to put up points (16.6 ppg). Look for the Eagles to attack the middle of the field. They must establish their run game early. It will come down to the turnover battle as the Jags are -12 in takeaways.
Final Prediction: Eagles 20, Jaguars 10
TYLER QUILL (2-5)
Week 8 represents the mid-point in the NFL season and for the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars, this is a must win. Both the Eagles and Jags come into this game with neither playing well. The Jags benched their starting QB Blake Bortles mid-way through their game last week and consider him to be on a short leash this week. Backup QB Cody Kessler is not much better, he has zero wins as a starting QB in the NFL. Fortunately for the Eagles, the Jags are almost as banged up as the Eagles players. The Jags will be without starting RB Leonard Fornette and two of the corners. One corner, Jalen Ramsey, will be healthy and will likely shadow Alshon Jeffery all game. This will be a big test for Jeffery as he looks to prove himself against arguably the best CB in the NFL. Ultimately, the Eagles will need a breakout game from Nelson Algholor as Alshon has the aforementioned tough matchup. I think the Eagles will take advantage of some costly turnovers from Blake Bortles and get some easy points for their offense. Eagles roll and get a nice long break with the bye week coming up after this London trip.
Final Prediction: Eagles 28, Jaguars 17
TYLER EDGERTON (1-6)
The Eagles need to start fast in this game if they plan to get back to a .500 record before the bye week. A short practice week and jetlag will be tough to overcome, but if the Eagles aren’t up for this game, they mine as well kiss the season goodbye. An early turnover and score much like the Giants game would go a long way as the Jaguars offense has committed 17 turnovers this season. Although Jacksonville is ranked 1st against the pass, they will be down to crucial cornerbacks. The Eagles could use a balanced attack this week as I expect the red zone efficiency to continue although they fell short on the final drive last week against Carolina. I like the Eagles to take care of business in London.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Jaguars 20
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