The NFL London series reaches its climax this week, and ends with what is the best fixture on paper, as the reigning champions Philadelphia Eagles entertain the AFC Conference finalists from last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last week’s NFL London game had an incredibly dramatic ending with the Titans making a gutsy call against the Chargers, though they ultimately fell short. Our NFL expert gives you the best bets from the final game of an excellent NFL London series.
Eagles Clipped in 2018
Last year’s Super Bowl winners, the Eagles, are showing signs of a serious hangover, and are yet to win consecutive games this season.
Philly approach the halfway point of the season 3-4, so will need to improve remarkably to have any hope of reaching the playoffs, and retaining their trophy.
Every game they have been involved in has been relatively low scoring, with the exception of the 34-13 blowout of the hapless Giants. The Eagles enter this game as comfortable favourites, and can be found at 11/20. Carson Wentz still needs to find the form that made the Philadelphia team such a force last season, but if he does then Philadelphia to score over 2.5 touchdowns looks easy to back at 19/20.
The Jaguars got to the AFC Conference Championship, and almost the Super Bowl, through a hard-nosed defence and an efficient, run-first offence.
This year, they have had some excellent moments, such as trouncing the Jets 31-12 and getting revenge over the New England Patriots 31-20. However, they’ve followed that up with three separate games where they have scored single digits. The defence, feared across the league, has given up 90 points in the last three games. Clearly something isn’t quite right with Jacksonville at the moment, and starting QB Blake Bortles was pulled against the Texans due to his performance.
The Jaguars are 7/8 with Grosvenorsport.com to win in London. However, with their impotent offence, against a good Philly D, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jacksonville not break into the endzone much.
Old School Football
Both teams are a shadow of their 2017 iterations, and I expect it to be a gritty game with limited risk in the play calling. The first half to have under 21.5 points is 10/11, and a total points of under 41.5 is available at 11/10, both of which offer excellent value. Finally, I think it will be a close game, and I back the Jaguars to be leading at halftime, but Philadelphia to win, at 23/4.