The Jaguars have arrived in London to get ready to take on the Eagles. And meanwhile back in the U.S.A., the Bucs have gone North to Cincinnati to battle of the Bengals.
And in both cases, the Florida team will have to do without star players, if they’re going to get a win on Sunday.
First, for Jacksonville, as we wrote first 16 days ago, the Jags will in fact sit Leonard fournette all the way through Sunday’s game and the bye week in attempt to get his right hamstring back healthy. This will be the sixth game in the last seven that Fournette has missed with a hamstring injury.
And frankly, the Jaguars offense and specifically, quarterback Blake Bortles, has floundered without the 2nd year power back. The Jags haven’t scored a point in the first half of each of the last three games-all losses.
The Jags have another surprise injury and that is cornerback AJ Bouye,who suffered a calf injury in practice on Thursday and is now out for this contest. That will obviously be an advantage for the Eagles and their receivers like Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.
For Philadelphia, they will be likely without defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is suffering from a calf injury of his own and is doubtful to play the game. Also safety Corey Graham is battling a hamstring injury that has had him out for the last 2 weeks, and he is questionable.
Over to the Buccaneers, the news is not good again for their defensive line as both Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (calf) and defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle) will miss their second straight games.
However the Bucs run game will get a boost as RB Peyton Barber (above), who was nagged by an ankle injury in the second half of the win over the Browns and limited in practice earlier in the week was taken off the injury report and we’ll be able to play. There had also been concern over Jason Pierre-Paul with a rib injury, but he is also off the injury report and will start Sunday. Pierre-Paul currently has a streak of five consecutive games with at least one sack.
For the Bengals, they will be without controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who has a hamstring injury. Burfict was fined $120,000 a week ago for his latest series of cheap shot hits in a game with the Steelers.
Cincinnati will also be without speedy wide receiver John Ross who is suffering from a groin injury suffered a couple of weeks ago in the win over Atlanta.
Giants name top pick QB Jones starter for Bucs game Sunday
It only took two lackluster games and losses for the New York Giants to decide to go with the youth movement at quarterback and start number one pick, Daniel Jones this week against the Bucs.
Daniel Jones has been named Giants starting QB
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 17, 2019
The Giants were beaten decisively for the second consecutive week 28 – 14 Sunday in their home opener to the Bills at MetLife Stadium. Manning had an up and down game going 26-45 for 250 yards 1TD but 2 INTs.
In their week one loss to the Cowboys in Dallas, Jones actually replaced Manning in the second half during an 35-17 defeat. Jones was 3-4 for 17 yards with one carry for 5 yards in “mop up duty” in the fourth quarter. Jones did play extensively and at times well, in the preseason.
There is already great speculation that if/when this move would inevitably made, it would signal the end of Manning’s time in New York. The younger brother of Peyton Manning has won two Super bowls with the Giants but his and New York’s play has been awful on offense with back-to-back losing seasons of 2017 – 18.
The 38 year old Manning is in the final year of latest contract with New York paying him $17 million, with a dead cap hit of $11.7 million if the Giants release him. So, that is not likely at this time. However, there are numerous teams like the Steelers and crosstown Jets who are in desperate need of quarterback help, immediately. It remains to be seen what New York will elect to do with their former hero QB.
Meanwhile, the Bucs come off a hard-fought Thursday night Road win over Carolina and will have extra rest going into this contest with the team that they are very familiar with in the NFC East. This is the third year in a row that they are meeting the Giants. New York having won the November match up a year ago with Manning performing well hitting 17 of 18 passes and throwing 2 TDs in a 38-35 victory.
Jones comes out of the Duke football program coached by David Cutcliffe, who was also Manning’s college coach at Ole Miss. So, it was almost as if the handwriting was on the wall to pass the torch to Jones at whatever point the Giants felt they needed to move on from Eli.
Brees out with thumb injury for Bucs and Jaguars games
The expected bad news on Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ injured thumb has come on Monday. And, it means the New Orleans quarterback will miss upcoming October games with the Bucs and the Jaguars.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday morning that Brees will be sidelined up to 6 weeks with the injured ligament in the thumb on his throwing hand:
Saints' QB Drew Brees is expected to undergo thumb surgery as early as today that would be expected to sideline him approximately 6 weeks, per leagues sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
Brees was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s 30 – 9 loss to the L.A. Rams at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. He was shown on the sideline with his thumb in a splint (above), as the game worn on and did not return to action.
Brees, who will be a certain first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and who led the Saints to their only Super Bowl appearance/win in franchise history in 2009, has been one of the 2-3 top quarterbacks in the NFL for over a decade. Brees, in his 19th season, currently has the NFL’s all time record for completions and passing yards that he accomplished a year ago. He has a staggering 115 games with 300 or more passing yards and another remarkable 12 straight seasons with 4,000 passing yards that is now in jeopardy with the injured thumb.
The Saints will now turn to veteran back up Teddy Bridgewater who filled in Sunday but did not have much success against the stout Rams defense in the loss. Bridgewater, the former Vikings QB, was 17-30 for 165 yards, as New Orleans never found the endzone in the game.
The Sains also have young third QB Taysom Hill, and he’s also been used as a receiver and a special teams ace by New Orleans.
The Bucs, who were winners Thursday night at Carolina, will travel to play the Saints at the Superdome on October 6th in the first of their two NFC South meetings. The following week, New Orleans will be at TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jaguars in their first appearance in North Florida in eight years.
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