Week 8 of the NFL
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The Eagles and Jaguars muddle up at 9:30 am ET in the last game of London this season, hosting a day of big clashes including the Packers against the Rams and Vikings against the Saints in "Sunday Night Football".
But first, the Eagles-Jaguars game, which guarantees a single team a very long and quiet flight back to America. (Given all overtime games this season, it may be both, but let's be optimistic and oppose a tie.)
The Jaguars made headlines before the kickoff, when four players were arrested as a result of a brawl caused by a bar ticket in a nightclub. Among those who would have been detained were cornerback D.J. Hayden and Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson. Security Barry Church would have been involved, but not detained. "We are aware that four of our players have been arrested for restitution of a bill," said the president. the team said in a statement. "The problem is being resolved and the players are with the team. Any discipline will be treated internally. "
This match (on the NFL Network, the NFL app and fuboTV) will be the second international match to feature teams that participated in the playoffs the previous year. This is the first international match of two teams won playoff games the previous season. But things change quickly and, while pitting the defending Super Bowl champion against a team that collapsed in the fourth quarter against the Patriots, it may not have seemed like a good idea to join the Eagles at Minneapolis last February, but that was then. The Eagles are 3-4 after a terrible home defeat against the Panthers, which they led 17-0 in the fourth quarter, and could become the 17th NFL team to miss the playoffs of the season after winning the Super Bowl. Their three victories were won against teams combining 5-14.
At least the Eagles have a quarterback to Carson Wentz. Now, if they can just fix their third and red zone problems. They are 17th in the red zone and 16th in the 3rd conversions.
The Jaguars quarterback is Blake Bortles, who was cleared in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Texans and has made eight turnovers in the last three games (all losses). Jacksonville is 3-4 and the defeat was quickly followed by rumors that the Jaguars would scream insults in the locker room, but coach Doug Marrone plans to launch Bortles, who said he " did not care about his role as scapegoat for the team's struggles.
Steelers Monument: The Steelers will observe a moment of silence before the kick-off in memory of the people killed and injured during the shootings at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue.
Can the Packers knock out the rams? In contrast, there is the match between the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles 7-0 Rams, a game in which the Packers were the first outsiders of the career of Aaron Rodgers (the SuperBook of Westgate Las Vegas had 8.8 outsiders points). For Green Bay, 3-2-1 after his start, questions surround Rodgers' left knee, injured early in the season.
"If I am completely healed, I do not need to wear a corset," Rodgers told reporters last week. "Feel more comfortable without that, of course. After suffering a knee injury for most of my life in football, you are obviously more protected. You see guys who wear it all the time without problems, but I feel more comfortable without having it. So, if it is not lit, it means that I feel good and if it does, it means that I am not quite back. "
Without wishing to dwell too much on the subject, the Packers are entering a decisive phase of their schedule. Their next five games are against teams with a record of 23-10-1 for the moment and only one of these matches is in Lambeau.
And the rams? They look like the best full team in the league, but they have lost the last five times against Green Bay. (So we say there is a chance for the Packers.)
The Rams game is far from the only thing to do at LA, which will live something that the Los Angeles Times calls a "sports equinox". Okeedoke.
Saints-Vikings already seen: The Saints and Vikings will play for the third time since the start of last season, but everyone remembers this playoff match last January, in which the Vikings won 29-24. It's the take of Stefan Diggs Minnesota Miracle in this match that crushed New Orleans. Both teams minimize the revenge factor, but the defeat marinated for nine months with the Saints.
Both teams are also involved in the NFC and rank first in their divisions. The Saints have won five straight games, the Vikings three. While both embody the NFL's "offensive, first defense, later" philosophy this season, there is also the feeling that it might act from the act I , with the second act coming in January 2019.
Most sad note of the day: Giants quarterback Eli Manning is expected to be sacked 55 times this season. His previous precedent? 39 bags in 2013.
New in the night of Sunday: NBC will debut with a goal scorer in the field, a device able to map football theft during field attempts, on "SNF". Called SNF Kicks, NBC says it will provide other information, such as trajectory, speed of the ball and a "good of" stat that will indicate the farthest distance from which the shot from foot would have been good. It will be used in attempts of 45 yards or more.
The best stories
DeSean Jackson wants an exchange? DeSan Jackson, Tampa Bay receiver, recently called for an exchange, according to the NFL network, and the request was met with a refusal. Reminder: the trading deadline is Tuesday.
Trade watch: The NFL's trading deadline was not commonplace. That's it now. (Read more.)
Carr minimizes his problems: Raiders QB Derek Carr challenges the report on his "fractured relationship" with his Raiders teammates. (Read more.)
Meanwhile at Raiderland: Amari Cooper's job may have crushed anything left of the team's morale. (Read more.)
Too late to fail? Do the Redskins Have the Safest Foot in an NFC Is Suddenly Slippery? (Read more.)
Carruth's son honored: Chancellor Lee Carruth and his grandmother, Saundra Adams, will be honored before the Panthers' game against the Ravens. Adams' daughter, Cherica, was seven months pregnant with the Chancellor when she was killed during a shootout organized by Rae Carruth, the Panthers wide catcher, in 1999. The baby was born prematurely, with cerebral palsy and brain damage deprived of oxygen. His grandmother raised him and Rae Carruth was released on parole after almost two decades in prison. "What a nice gesture on the part of the team!" Said Saundra Adams on Friday. "We are both very excited." (Read more.)
Who is absent: Falcons, Cowboys, Chargers and Titans are excluded this week.
News of injuries
Will Mack play? Bears linebacker Khalil Mack may miss a game for the first time since entering the league in 2014. He was limited in training on Friday because of a sprained ankle and is deemed questionable against the Jets. New York catcher Robby Anderson (ankle) and cornerback Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps) are dubious.
Still no Fournette: You have already heard this one. Offensive back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will miss his fourth straight game. Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye (Calf) and Tyler Patmon (neck) and tight end James O'Shaughnessy (hip) are out. Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry (ankle, knee), running back Darren Sproles (hamstring), cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) and safety Corey Graham (hamstring) were dismissed.
Panthers' Smith: Broad receiver Torrey Smith will not play against the Ravens.
Fuller on IR: Texas receiver Will Fuller will be out for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament injured on Thursday night.
Griffen returns: Everson Griffen joined the Vikings last week after being absent since week 3 while Deal with mental health issues that were "more important than football". Coach Mike Zimmer did not want to know if he would play Sunday night against the Saints. The Vikings the half Dalvin Cook (hamstring), linebacker Anthony Barr (ankle), goalkeeper Andrew Sendejo (groin) and left-back guard Tom Compton (knee) will not play. Left tackle Riley Reiff is uncertain.
Crowder out: Jamison Crowder, wide receiver of the Redskins, was dismissed from the Giants.
No burfict: The Bengals eliminated linebacker Vontaze Burfict (hip), running back Giovani Bernard (knee) and wide receiver John Ross (groin). Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (calf) and defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle) are also absent.
Update WR Packers: The wide receivers Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) and offensive tackle Jason Spriggs (ankle) are considered dubious against the Rams.
Doubtful Berry: The safety of the leaders Eric Berry (heel) and linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) are dubious and the Mitch Morse center (concussion) was dismissed. The linebacker of the Broncos, Von Miller, should play.
Start / sit: Expect a slow week from Michael Thomas of the Saints. (Read more.)
The waiver thread: The RB Marlon Mack Colts are your top priority. (Read more.)
Checklist for week 8: Dig and dominate. (Read more.)
Do players need: The fantasy football players you need in your lineup. (Read more.)
Tips / Choice of ATS bets
The numbers for the Redskins are a problem for the Giants. (Read more.)