The Jacksonville Jaguars won their third London game in a row on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, but unlike past London trips the team has a game this upcoming Sunday. In previous seasons, typically the teams who played in London would have a bye week the following week, but the Jaguars did not want their bye Week 4, so they declined to have it that early.
Personally, since it’s a Sunday-to-Sunday week, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal and Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone doesn’t seem to think so either.
“I was thinking about that on the way back. By the time we got in, it was kind of like a West Coast trip or if you are playing a Monday night game,” Marrone told reporters on Monday evening when he was asked if he was worried about a lack of a bye week following the London trip.
It’s a little different than a West Coast trip because they’re not necessarily adjusting to being ahead, they’re adjusting to now being behind where they were in London. Since the team opted to not go the whole week, like they have in previous seasons however, it’s unlikely their body clock was effected enough to cause issues.
Plus, the team’s game is on the East Coast.
“What we did was we moved everything back today, so our players had enough time once they had gotten back in. They had more than enough time to rest and then come back in for treatment and then obviously lifting and running and then obviously going through the tape with the coaches and letting them go,” Marrone continued. “I thought the team was in good spirits and they have a day off tomorrow and they will be in the community and then on Wednesday we will get to work on New York.”
The Jaguars take on the New York Jets Sunday, entering the game as a four-point road favorite. It’s a game a lot of Jaguars fans are waiting on to see what happens before sinking a lot of faith in the team going forward. In previous seasons, a game like the one coming up on Sunday has been a classic Jaguars egg game.
Hopefully, those are over with.