NFL London: Broncos v Jaguars Odds & Preview
The last of London’s NFL International Series is set to take place on Sunday, which means if you’re an American Football fan in England’s capital, then do your best to get a ticket ASAP.
We’ve already seen the Vikings vs. Saints and Giants vs. Packers, but now we’re being treated to… Broncos and Jaguars?! Okay, maybe not the two biggest or best teams in the NFL, but we’ll take what we can get and they may surprise us with a thrilling game.
Date, time, venue & where to watch the NFL on TV
The Denver Broncos will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, October 30th, at 1:30pm GMT. However, unlike the previous two NFL games, the Broncos v Jaguars matchup will be held at the famous Wembley Stadium, not the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It’s possible to check out the Broncos v Jaguars game on ITV in the UK. You can also stream the matchup on the NFL Game Pass, or ITV Hub.
Denver had a solid start to the latest NFL season, but after four straight losses, the team is languishing at the bottom of the AFC West at 2-5.
The bad news for Broncos fans is that star QB, Russell Wilson, is still unlikely to play in the NFL London matchup after partially tearing his hamstring several weeks ago.
Wilson didn’t play in the loss to the Jets in Week 7, and as of now, reports suggest he’ll be too hurt to play against the Jaguars. He may well travel with the team and be a game-time decision, however.
Losing Wilson is tough to swallow, especially as he’s a star player with tonnes of experience and talent on the field. Wilson has thrown 1,442 yards for five touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
In his absence, QB Brett Rypien took to the field for his first starting role since 2020, but was fairly underwhelming with 24/46 passing for 225 yards, one interception, and zero touchdowns. He’s capable enough and may get better with more expertise as a starter, but the Broncos desperately miss the veteran presence of Wilson.
We’re hoping to see a bit more of third-year WR, Jerry Jeudy, who has displayed promise but still needs to show us the BIG game. He’s picked up 24 receptions for 386 yards with two touchdowns. This London matchup could be the breakout game we need to see from Jeudy to elevate the Broncos.
Denver’s offence has only managed to score over 20 points once this season, which isn’t good news, and they only average 14.3 points per game. The defence is much better and actually third best in the NFL, allowing only 16.4 PPG. If the Broncos are going to win on Sunday, it will be through defence, particularly from LB Alex Singleton’s 58 tackles.
The Jaguars have also been on the decline lately, as the team has lost four in a row. The last game against the Giants was especially heart-breaking, as the Jaguars came within a yard of scoring a touchdown that could have tied the game and set them up for a winning field goal.
The success of the Jaguars will come down to QB Trevor Lawrence and WR Christian Kirk. Lawrence has been solid lately and has thrown 1,707 passing yards for nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Kirk has impressed with 32 receptions, 458 receiving yards and four TDs.
These two work brilliantly together and both have improved as the season has progressed, although there’s still a lot of development needed to fix that 2-5 record in the NFL.
The Jaguars have the advantage over the Broncos with the fact they’re scoring 22.1 points per game, but have only scored above 30 once this season. The defence has been pretty reliable, too, as they are allowing 19.6 PPG. This makes them the 10th best defence in the NFL.
Who will win the matchup?
Broncos v Jaguars is unlikely to be a high-scoring matchup, as both teams typically depend on defence to get the job done. Each squad is absolutely desperate for a win after four straight losses, so it’s certain they’ll be an intensity to the matchup that Londoners will enjoy.
The fact that Russell Wilson is expected to miss another game and sit out his quarterback duties makes a huge dent in the Broncos’ offence. They have capable wide receivers, but whether Rypien can improve his game is another matter.
For this reason, the Jaguars are the better pick to win the match, but it’s bound to be a low-scoring game. We’ll select Jacksonville to get the victory 15-10.
Author: Joe Garland