Philadelphia Eagles: Three keys to win over Jaguars in Week 8

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Going into the season, many had this game circled as a big one. Not just because it was being played overseas, but because it was a matchup of the defending Super Bowl champion and last year’s AFC runner-up.

But, eight weeks into the season, both of these teams shockingly sit at 3-4. The Jaguars fallback was more expected because of their weakness at the quarterback position. The Eagles though were a bit more unexpected because of the high-caliber of play expected from Wentz.

This is a game that the Eagles have to win. Losing this game and falling to 3-5 would be detrimental to the Eagles playoff hopes. In 2013, they started the season 3-5 and end up 10-6, winning the division, but that is something the Eagles need to avoid.

Sunday’s game has the looks of a low scoring affair. Jacksonville’s defense has fallen below expectations this season, but they can still slow opposing offenses down. The Eagles defense has faired decently this season, but they should be able to slow down Jacksonville’s offense.

The Eagles will look to make some big plays early and run the ball to try and neutralize the Jaguars pass rush. Jacksonville’s defensive line will make some plays, and the Eagles defensive line will do the same.

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There may be a few turnovers, and this game will come down to who wins the turnover battle. In a game that looks to be a low scoring, scrappy contest, things very well could come down to which team has the better quarterback. On Sunday, that will be the Philadelphia Eagles with Carson Wentz.

Eagles 20 Jaguars 17