On Friday morning in London, the Jaguars arrived on their annual trek to the United Kingdom to play one of their home games. This time they will be re-matching the Houston Texans AFC South battle.
The Jaguars worked out midday Friday at Allianz Park not far from Wembley Stadium, where the Sunday morning (U.S. Time) game will be played:
— Stuart Webber (@StuartASJax) November 1, 2019
Jacksonville clearly has momentum headed into this one, having won back-to-back games and four times in the last six. A big part of that success is rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who continues to play good football and come up with key throws. Minshew currently has an outstanding 13 – 2 touchdown-to-interception ratio leading a Jaguars that continually puts the ball in the endzone.
This game is a rematch of week two, where Minshew almost lead a last-minute comeback victory in Houston. He threw the apparent game tying touchdown with :30 remaining to D.J. Chark, but coach Doug Marrone was not interested in overtime. He instead called for a two-point conversion, where the Texans stopped RB Leonard Fournette on the goal line to survive.
Speaking of Fournette, he’s another huge key to Jacksonville’s first half of the season success, including another 100 yard rushing performance last week. Fournette set the tone against the Jets with a 66 yard run on the second play of the game, Minshew threw 6 yards to Keelan Cole for a TD and the Jags offense rolled from there.
Jacksonville is hoping that this Friday night in London will be better then last year, when numerous players were detained at a London Police Station after they tried to leave a downtown “gentlemen’s club” without paying their alcohol tab.
However ,that was the 2018 version of the Jaguars, who were already in a tailspin. This year’s team is winning and in contention to win the division and you would think would be more focused on this trip abroad.
A victory would pull them into a tie for first with Houston in the AFC South.