We have reached that point where we know a few of the contenders, a few teams who will make the layoffs and the few teams fighting it out to have the worst record. The NFL week ahead will be crucial for every aspect of how the season will end up. As the Superbowl champions head to Wembley we could be saying goodbye to a contenders season.

Some look to have given up on this season, notably the Raiders and Giants who seem to have started a fire sale before the mid-season trade deadline at the end of the month. It was in this window last season where the Eagles acquired Jay Ajayi who helped propel them to Superbowl glory. But with so much on the line in every game now we take a look ahead to this weekends key game.

Eagles @Jaguars

To think we were roughly five minutes away from this being last years Superbowl. Oh what could have been. But look at what has become of the teams since then. This is not the game we thought it would be when the international fixtures were announced. Having see these two reach the AFC Championship game and win the Superbowl respectively, we were expecting a blockbuster of two of the best teams in the NFL slugging it out to show their title credentials. What we will have however is essentially a playoff shootout game. I struggle to see the losing side make the playoffs.

They are both struggling for form and losing games that they would have walked to victory last year. The stout defense of Jacksonville seems to have gone and they look like the Jaguars of old who spent years in the wilderness in a similar fashion to the way the Browns are at the moment.

I have made no secret of how much I do not rate Blake Bortles as a Quarterback and last week he was benched by the Jaguars as they were easily beaten in a divisional match against the Texans. It will be incredibly hard for the Jags to turn this around and defend their divisional crown, but they will still harbor a return to the playoffs. Bortles is 3-0 at Wembley and will hope to find that form once again and kick start a faltering season. Much has been due to the continued absence of Running Back Leonard Fournette. The offense just looks disjointed at present.

With that in mind I think this will end up as a shoot out and can see a fair few points on the board, however with so much on the line I can see it being a close affair too. But I just think that out of the two teams the Eagles offense is beginning to click again and that is why I think they will have the edge in their trip to London

Eagles to score in every quarter

Eagles to win by 1-6 points


Odds are correct at the time of posting

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