Sunday Morning Football, Week 8. The London madness shifts football to the morning hours on the east coast, and the early morning on the west coast. This morning the
London Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a matchup of two disappointing teams.
In what has become an annual tradition we have reached the point in the season where we have wall to wall, nearly continuous NFL football from 9:30 in the morning to nearly midnight. That’s football overload for all but the most die hard football fans. Nonetheless, for you brave souls who are up and raring to go with morning football from London, we bring you the Underachievers Bowl in London, England.
The Jaguars come into this game coming apart at the seams, a team in turmoil. Expected to contend for a Super Bowl berth this year, instead the Jaguars find themselves reeling, losers of four of their last five games. The Jaguars have been decimated by injuries, with 12 players on injured reserve and another five ruled out for today’s game. Blake Bortles, whom many Jaguars fans had hoped turned a corner last year, has been so brutal he was benched last week. The locker room is fractured, with reports of multiple shouting matches and the defense grumbling about the incompetence of Bortles and the offense. To top things off, four Jaguars players, all defensive backs, were arrested yesterday in London and their status for the game is unclear. The Jaguars are completely unraveling, and a loss today to go to 3-5 on the year would go a long way to nailing the coffin on a lost season.
The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t been much better. The defending Super Bowl champions also come into the game with a 3-4 record, hoping to avoid having five losses at the halfway mark of the 2018 season. The only wins all year for the Eagles have come against three last place teams: the Giants, the Falcons and the Colts, and the Eagles have lost four of their last six contests. This is not what the defending champions expected coming into the season, and a fifth loss today would put a severe dent in any lingering playoff hopes.
This one shapes up as a struggle for survival, with the loser clinging to the last faint remnants of hope in what will likely be a playoffs free season for at least one, and perhaps both, of these two preseason Super Bowl favorites. It’s the Eagles and the Jaguars in the morning from London.
Enjoy the game everybody.