2018- Week 8 Eagles vs. Jaguars Preview
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
First things first…if you are a frequent reader of Philly Birds Talk, you probably noticed that I didn’t post a Week 7 preview. I’ve really got no excuse for you, so sorry to the five people who read my posts every week.
Ok, let’s talk Eagles v. Jaguars in London.
After the devastating meltdown against the Panthers, the Eagles NEED a win this week to keep this season alive. A loss across the pond would drop the birds to 3-5 and significantly decrease their chances of making the playoffs. They need to build some momentum heading into the week 9 bye, and this Jaguars game is a prime opportunity to do so. Below are three things I’ll be looking for on Sunday morning in hopes of the Birds getting back on track.
The Jaguars Secondary: The Jaguars will be down 3-of-4 starters in their secondary. This provides a great opportunity for the Eagles to take advantage; I expect good games out of Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz as always, but I also think this is a great chance for Nelson Agholor to have a breakout game.
The Bird’s D-Line vs. Blake Bortles: After getting benched for Cody Kessler last week, Bortles will start under center in London. He has been struggling all season long, and I think Sunday will be more of the same. If the Eagles defensive line can put pressure on Bortles, it will be a long day for the Jags QB.
The Eagles Playing for 4 quarters: This has been the main problem for the Birds all year long, most notably in the Titans and Panthers games. In the NFL, you need to play well for all 4 quarters if you are going to win (I know….what a groundbreaking statement). I’ll be looking to see how the coaches handle the 4th quarter. I hope they stay aggressive on offense and adjust on defense as needed (i.e. blitz some more if the D-Line is tired and isn’t getting pressure like they’ve done in the first three quarters).
Prediction: I think Carson Wentz and the offense will dominate early. If the Jags offense struggles continue, I think the Birds finally get their season back on track.
Final Score: Eagles 17, Jaguars 10