NFL International Series 2014 @ Wembley Stadium part III

With the NFL recently announcing 3 games at Wembley next year that even a mother wouldn’t love this game also looks like it’ll be a real test if the International fans endurance. The 1-8 Jaguars host the 6-3 Cowboys, the Jaguars are only held off the bottom of the NFL league table by Oakland whose desperate showing in London lead to their Head Coach being fired. At this point I should point out that there’s a lot to admire about the Jag’s, they have an extremely young squad with just 1 player over 29 (and Marcedes Lewis is just 30), they took over the St. Louis Rams contract to be London’s designated home team between 2013 and 2016 and Jaxson de Ville is the funniest mascot possibly in all sport (how can you not love someone who bungee jumped off the roof at Wembley Stadium?).
Both team’s records speak for themselves with the Cowboys surprising most people and their challenge for the NFC East title is testament to how good Tony Romo has been so far this season with the Cowboys traditional porous offensive line not really helping him too much. Romo missed the Cowboys last game and had to leave their week 8 game against divisional rivals Washington for a period after he was sacked in the 3rd quarter and re-injured his back. Romo is not the only Cowboy player having a standout year though and running back DeMarco Murray leads the league with a whopping 1133 yards after just 9 games averaging 5.0 yards per carry but even he struggled without Romo last week recording just 79 yards, 56 yards lower than his game average this year. The Cowboys defence has also been better than in recent seasons and they’ve allowed just 19 points per game on average.
The Jaguars defence has not been great and has allowed 26 points per game, Jacksonville’s defence might have allowed a lot of points this season but they have managed 27 sacks so far this season, the 3rd most in the league and with the Dallas offensive line allowing 18 so far whoever plays quarterback for them will need to be on his toes. However this game may not be as cut and dried as it would seem (he typed in a fit of optimistic pique), since their first round draft pick Blake Bortles has become the starting quarterback and college quarterback who they have converted to running back Denard Robinson it would appear has fully adapted to his niche the Jacksonville offence has become one of the more dynamic in the league. Robinson has averaged 116 yards from scrimmage in the last 3 games and he’s averaged 5.8 yards per carry since week 6, so the Cowboys defence may well have a difficult task ahead of them tomorrow.
All the talk in the build up has been of Tony Romo’s return to action and if he’s playing and anywhere near his best then this game is the Cowboy’s to lose, they have managed to lose games that seemed pretty straightforward in the past though. The one thing that I can say with any real certainty that with 2 subpar offensive line’s on display and 2 defences who have combined for 39 sacks this year both quarterbacks could be spending a lot of time laying on the cold turf.

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