The Browns are headed to London to play the Vikings this Sunday. Kenny Britt, a receiver for the Browns, played in London with the Rams last year. He didn’t particularly enjoy it.
But the real reason for the Jaguars’ ridiculous pressure on opposing quarterbacks may be their lockdown secondary. Neither Jalen Ramsey nor A.J. Bouye has allowed a touchdown yet in 2017, and both are shutting down every receiver they face:
For perspective, a quarterback’s passer rating if every single pass falls incomplete is 39.6. So spiking the football on every play has been about as effective as throwing to a receiver covered by Bouye or Ramsey.
That has left few receivers for quarterbacks to throw to and a little extra time for players like Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler to get into the backfield.
Jacksonville’s problems are inconsistency on offense and struggles to stop the run. Those are issues that the Jaguars will have to continue to try to address after a Week 8 bye. But any team that tries to pass against them is playing with fire.
It’s been a heck of a five-year stretch, but on Sunday in London, the window closed on the Cardinals, the Palmer era and maybe the Bruce Arians era. At the very least, the time has arrived for Arians, general manager Steve Keim and the whole organization to recognize that whatever comes next, another quarterback will be part of it.
The Cardinals have seen this movie before, and Palmer was three years younger when he last filled this role. His 2014 season was gutted by serious injury. Arians plugged in Drew Stanton, and they survived until right before the playoffs, when buckled in the face of Stanton’s own injury.
The most significant thing about Seattle’s streak is that the middle win was a 16-10 victory over the Rams, who lead them by a half-game in the NFC West. That’s a tiebreaker helper in a close race, and in spite of the streak we’ve seen little to convince us Seattle can or will run away with anything this season. The other three of their wins are against the 49ers, Colts and Giants, who are a combined 3-18.