The Eagles are now 4-4 on the 2018 NFL season after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday, 24 to 18.
The Eagles really needed to win this game. They went out and did it. The season is still alive heading into Philadelphia’s Week 9 bye.
Eagles 10th drive: Eagles take over at Jacksonville’s 48-yard line with 3:36 to go. Jags have two timeouts and the 2-minute warning to stop the clock. Eagles run the ball on first down and the Jags take a timeout. Wentz rolls out on second down and guns it to JMatt for a first down. Huge conversion. Jags take their final timeout with 3:23 to play. On 2nd-and-9, Smallwood runs hard through contact for a first down. That’s game. Victory formation three times to seal the deal.
Jaguars 10th drive: Douglas flies in to break up a 3rd-and-1 pass. The Jags go for it on 4th-and-1 and Bortles runs for the first with Hicks just watching him do it. So easy. Fletcher Cox bats down Bortles’ 3rd-and-2 pass to bring up fourth down. Bortles’ fourth down pass is ... INCOMPELTE! Omg, the defense finally forced a turnover on downs. Darby with tight coverage on that play.
Eagles 9th drive: Adams FUMBLES and the Jags recover. Fortunately, the refs rule that Adams’ butt was down and the Eagles keep the ball. Only to then run a screen to Agholor on a crucial 3rd-and-13. You know, because those have been working so well this year.
Jaguars 9th drive: The Jags pick up a big gain on 3rd-and-4 with a Bortles completion to Yeldon. Hicks trailing in coverage after getting slowed on a pick play. No flag. Bortles slides aftter running and Bradham is called for hitting Bortles in the head, which he didn’t even do. Free 15 yard penalty. Jags in goal-to-go territory now. On 3rd-and-goal, Chark is open for a touchdown but bobbles it twice. Incomplete. BIG break for the Eagles’ defense. Jags settle for the short field goal and it’s a one possession game again.
Eagles 8th drive: Wentz to JMatt for a big gain over the middle. Real nice over the shoulder throw and catch. Wentz runs for a first down with a ton of space in front of him. Wentz to Smallwood for another conversion. A big run from Adams, thanks to some nice blocking in front of him, brings the Eagles into scoring range. On 2nd-and-goal, Wentz hits Ertz for a TOUCHDOWN. Boom. Huge drive there. Two possession game with 9:55 to play. Eagles lead, 24-15.
Jaguars 8th drive (continued): Jags commit an offensive pass interference to knock them back to 2-and-20. The Eagles then fail to tackle fifth string tight end Blake Bell to bring up 2nd-and-7. Bortles completes another pass for another first. Jags move into the red zone. Jenkins knocks down a pass to prevent a touchdown and bring up 3rd-and-10. Huge play. Need a stop here, D. Bortles’ third down pass is incomplete and the Jags bring in Lambo for a 33-yard kick. He makes it. Eagles lead, 17-15.
Jaguars 8th drive: Cameron Johnston outkicks his coverage and the Jags get a good punt return. Hicks picks up another sack to bring up 3rd-and-8. Bortles run for the first. Ugh. Ronald Darby puts a BIG hit on rookie D.J. Chark on a short completion over the middle. Nice one. Jags convert another first with a Bortles compltion to T.J. Yeldon. And that’s the end of the third.
Eagles 7th drive: Wentz is immediately sacked by Myles Jack on 3rd-and-9. Unblocked up the middle. Smallwood missed his assignment. Three-and-out. Great.
Jaguars 7th drive: On 3rd-and-2, Bortles gets a ton of time and completes a pass to a practice squad tight end for a 24-yard gain. Thanks, defense. Jags move into the red zone with another completion. Jaguars get to 3rd-and-7 from the Eagles’ 11-yard line. Bortles floats a pass to Dede Westbrook for a touchdown. Jenkins bites on the double move. Second week in a row where the defense surrendered a touchdown on the possession following an Eagles’ 90-yard drive. Would be really nice for Jim Schwartz’s unit to actually get a stop in this situation. Douglas breaks up the Jags’ two-point conversion and it’s still a five-point game. Eagles lead, 17-12.
Eagles 6th drive: Eagles start at their own 5-yard line. Peters back in at left tackle, for now. Wentz ducks under Campbell to avoid a sack and throws to Jeffery but it’s incomplete. Impressive to even get the ball off there and Campbell knows it as he expresses his amazement to the Eagles QB. Wentz calls a timeout on 3rd-and-9 to avoid delay of game. Wentz hits Jeffery for the first down. Clutch. Adams runs for a 21-yard gain. Liking the juice he’s showing. On 3rd-and-2, Wentz buys time and throws back to JMatt. Nice leaping contested catch, which isn’t something you usually expect. Wentz goes to Smallwood on a screen and the running back has a TON of open room in front of him. Easy 36-yard touchdown. Eagles lead, 17-6.
Jaguars 6th drive: Eagles slot corner Dexter McDougle gets beat by Donte Moncrief for a 24-yard gain. Jalen Mills also gets hurt on the play and is carted off. Rasul Douglas in at cornerback. Eagles pressure Bortles on 3rd-and-10 and force the Jags to punt.
Jaguars 5th drive: Bortles is brought down for no gain and the Jags let the first half run out.
Eagles 5th drive: Eagles take over at the Jaguars’ 44-yard line. Wentz has Agholor open deep for a likely touchdown but JUST overthrows him. Gotta make that, Carson. Clement runs for a loss. He’s just not giving this team anything right now. Wentz runs for first on third down and the Eagles call their first timeout with 38 seconds remaining. Wentz rolls out to his right and fires back across the field to Dallas Goedert for a catch-and-run TOUCHDOWN! There we go. Maybe target that guy more often!. Elliott’s knuckle-ball extra point atempt somehow goes in. Eagles lead, 10-6.
Jaguars 4th drive: Bortles completes a pass to a wide open Keelan Cole. Maddox comes flying in and puts his helmet on the ball to knock it out. Another great play by the rookie. Malcolm Jenkins recovers.
Eagles 4th drive: Eagles start out at their own 13-yard line instead of their own 25-yard line thanks to D.J. Alexander getting flagged for unnecssary roughness on a touchback. Just stupid. The Eagles’ first down play is a throw to Ertz in the flat, which unsurprisingly goes for a 1-yard loss. Not a guy you want to rely on for YAC. Smallwood’s second down carry sets up 3rd-and-8. Wentz is immediately pressured and targets Matthews, but also gets picked off by Meeks. Just a really bad first half from Wentz. Eagles punt.
Jaguars 3rd drive: Jim Schwartz sends Malcolm Jenkins on a blitz and the safety forces Bortles out of his spot. Bortles is then sacked by the combination of Michael Bennett, Jordan Hicks, and Jenkins. The Jags take a delay of game penalty and it’s 3rd-and-22. Jacksonville gains enough to set up a 57-yard field goal attempt. It’s good, because of course it is. Second longest field goal make against the Eagles since Matt Bryant’s 62-yarder when he was with the Buccaneers in 2006. Jaguars lead, 6-3.
Eagles 3rd drive: Now Jason Peters is also out of the game. It’s Vaitai at left tackle, Isaac Seumalo at right tackle, and Stefen Wisniewksi at left guard. Agholor stiff arms Telvin Smith to get some YAC for a first down. Nice play. Wentz almost throws another pick, this one right to undrafted rookie Quenton Meeks, who drops it. Wentz comes back and completes a first down to Zach Ertz. Then Josh Adams runs for a solid gain. Wentz hits Jeffery and the Eagles are in the red zone. Wentz hands off to Agholor in motion and the jet sweep brings the Eagles to the 6-yard line. Corey Clement is tripped up for no gain. Wentz is sacked by Calais Campbell after holding on to the ball for a long time. No one was open. Wentz gets rid of the ball on third down with a free rusher in his face. Terrible red zone series. Jake Elliott makes the short field goal. Tie game, 3-3.
Jaguars 2nd drive: Chris Long sacks Bortles on 3rd-and-6 to force a Jags punt. Really nice response by the defense.
Eagles 2nd drive: Halapoulivaati Vaitai in at right tackle following Johnson being carted off the field. Wentz completes a pass to Alshon Jeffery, who fights through contact, for a first down. Wentz scrambles on 2nd-and-6 for another first. Wentz hits Nelson Agholor down the field — not at the line of scrimmage! — for a big gain. Great to see. Then Wentz throws into double coverage to Josh Perkins (why is he even on the field?!) and Jalen Ramsey picks it off. Naturally, that interception breaks a 10-game drought for Ramsey. Oh, and Wentz had Smallwood open.
Smallwood wide open, blown coverage at the top of the screen pic.twitter.com/iJPCYfgnOc— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 28, 2018
Jaguars 1st drive: Blake Bortles runs for a first down. Wide open, very easy. Jags continue to stick with the run. Avonte Maddox explodes into the backfield and tackles Carlos Hyde for a loss on third down. Big play by the rookie. Jaguars attempt the 50-yard field goal and Josh Lambo hits it. Jaguars lead, 3-0.
Eagles 1st drive: Wendell Smallwood takes the opening carry for a 7-yard gain. Jason Kelce leaves the field limping and holding his crotch. Not good. Stefen Wisniewski in at center, but only for a play. Wentz’s second down pass is batted down. Then his third down pass is tipped, but he catches it and runs forward for the first down. Lol. On 3rd-and-14, Wentz hangs in and somehow completes a pass to Jordan Matthews while a defender is tackling. Just so impressive. Then Wentz fumbles on a blind-side sack. Looks like it may have been an incompletion but the refs rule it as a fumble, Jaguars recover. Ugh. Also, Lane Johnson is hurt.
Coin toss: Jaguars win the toss and elect to defer. Eagles receive first.
Gauging the crowd: Sounds like there are a ton of Eagles fans at Wembley Stadium. Shocking!
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For the first time in franchise history, the Philadelphia Eagles are playing a regular season game outside of the United States. The Eagles are in London, of course, to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
It goes without saying that this is a critical game for both sides. After faring well in 2017, the Eagles and Jaguars now each find themselves sitting at a disappointing 3-4 record through seven games. No one wants to be the team that further drops to 3-5.
The Jags have some advantages heading into this game. They have significant experience playing in London; Sunday marks their sixth “home” game overseas. In their last three tilts, the Jags have managed to average 34 points per game.
The Eagles aren’t without their advantages as well. Carson Wentz is a much, MUCH better quarterback than Blake Bortles, who was benched at one point last week. Bortles has played well in London, so maybe he fares better than expected, but it’s also possible he just looks really bad and accounts for multiple turnovers.
And although it’s a “home” game for the Jags, the Eagles are expected to have a great presence in the stands. It’s time for you European Eagles fans to step up and help the team with crowd noise on Sunday.
Again, the Eagles really need to win this one. Getting to 4-4 heading into the bye would provide some optimism for the second half of the season. Dropping to 3-5 would essentially have people feeling like the season is over.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM ET
Channel: NFL Network
Announcers: Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin, Peter Schrager (field reporter), Melissa Stark (field reporter)
Referee: John Hussey (Eagles 11-7 in 18 games)
Location: Wembley Stadium | London, England
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Mayock | SIRIUS: 81 (Phi), 83 (Jax) | XM: 226 (Phi), 225 (Jax) | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are “road” favorites.
Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 (-110)
Jacksonville Jaguars +3.5 (-110)
The Eagles are 2-3 in five regular season games against the Jaguars. These two teams last played in 2014 when Philadelphia won, 34-17. The Eagles were down in that Week 1 game before ultimately storming back. The game ended with Fletcher Cox recovering a strip-sack for a touchdown.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)