Here we are. It’s the third and final game of the NFL international series to take place at Wembley and we’re pretty sad.
After two enjoyable games, and a lot of fun being had by all (except the Oakland Raiders), we’re sad to see the NFL leave London for another year.
But with the third game comes the biggest encounter, as reigning Super Bowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles roll into town to take on one of the big preseason favourites – the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But despite the big expecations, both teams come into this game 3-4 after shaky starts.
So, with a lot going on off the field, let’s take a look at the big things to watch out for on Sunday lunchtime.
1) The Famous Four
If you’ve missed the news today, it has been revealed that a group of Jaguars players were detained by the Met force on Saturday morning.
Barry Church, DJ Hayden, Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson were apparently partying in an upmarket London club and there was a bit of a mixup when it came to the tab they ran up.
Either the players tried to skip out on their bill, or there was a misunderstanding, but it ended with the quartet of Jags facing off against the club’s bouncers before the police intervened and hauled them off to a station.
It looks like the players in question will play today, with discipline being handled internally, but with the Jags secondary already banged up – those involved will likely have to play despite the 9 hours in police detention.
2) Welcome Carlos
Leonard Fournette, you were the chosen one. You were meant to lead the Jaguars offense not cause more disruption by getting injured.
Instead of cementing himself as one of the National Football League’s best backs, the former LSU star has been limited this season by a hamstring injury that has kept him out of multiple games.
To make up for Fournette’s absence, the Jags gave a 5th round pick to the Browns for Carlos Hyde, who’ll be making his debut today on the Wembley turf.
Will Hyde be able to keep up his early season form? We’ll have to wait and see…
3) Eagles RB Roulette
After the injury to hometown hero Jay Ajayi, who it would’ve been amazing to see again on the Wembley turf in front of friends and family before he tore an ACL earlier in the season, the Eagles haven’t really figured out their running back corps.
Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and undrafted rookie Josh Adams have all touched the ball in recent weeks and it seems like no conclusion as to who will take the lions share of touches has been reached.
This is despite Eagles fans calls for Clement to be the one that totes the rock most.
4) BBB = Bench Blake Bortles?
Today, BBB doesn’t stand for Big Baller Brand, sorry Lavar.
It stands for Bench Blake Bortles, after the Jaguars quarterback was sent to the bench last week during his awful performance in an eventual 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans.
After completing just 6-of-12 passes for a meagre 61 yards, with no touchdowns, former Browns QB Cody Kessler was brought into the game to try and get the Jacksonville franchise fired up on offense in order to make something happen.
That didn’t really work either, and Bortles has been named starter for today, but it will be interesting to see if Doug Marrone hauls the former UCF gunslinger off the field for a second week in a row.