Tale of the tape: How the Eagles matchup with the Jaguars
26 October 2018 Eagles News
The Eagles traveled to London, England this week and in their way to victory is a struggling Jacksonville Jaguars team. The Jaguars are used to playing in London as they have a lot of the past couple of seasons. However, the matchup should bold well for the Eagles.
Currently, the Jaguars are 29th in points (16.6), 23rd in total yards (355.5), 17th in passing yards (256.4) and 23rd in rushing yards (98.6). With running back Leonard Fournette hurt and ruled out for this weeks game, the Jaguars seems to have lost their identity. Last week, they pulled quarterback Blake Bortles after they feel behind. Offensively, the team hasn’t been able to be consistent at all this season.
Defensively on paper and statistically, the Jaguars are still one of the best. They are 8th in points allowed per game (20.9), 2nd in total yards (301.6), 1st in passing yards (179.7), but their one blemish is rushing where they’ve allowed on average 121.9 yards a game which is the 25th best. The Jaguars are coming off three games where they’ve been beaten down by opposing teams, one being the Dallas Cowboys. And, with cornerback AJ Bouye ruled out, things aren’t looking any better for them.
For the Eagles, they’re coming off a heartbreaking loss to a decent Carolina Panthers team. However, up 17 points in the fourth quarter, that game should have and needs to be closed out.
Offensively, the Eagles are 22nd in points (22), 19th in total yards (362.9), 15th in passing yards (260) and 15th in rushing yards (102.9). After starting off the season slow, the Eagles seem to be picking things up offensively, but they lack a consistent run game.
On defense, the Eagles rank 6th in points against (19.7), 14th in total yards (355.4), 24ty in passing yards (269.7) and they are great against the run ranking 2nd (85.7). The Eagles defense has given up big plays but hasn’t played too bad especially with their lack of depth due to injuries.
As you can see, the two teams matchup pretty well. The Eagles have more fire power on offense which should cause the Jaguars defense problems. Offensively, the Jaguars without Fournette shouldn’t threaten the Eagles too badly on the ground, but you cannot takeaway their familiarity of playing in this game. In a clash of two of last season’s best teams, who’s going to come out on top?