LONDON – I feel great. I'm all caught up on my rest and my sleep. For me, it feels like a regular road game. We get Saturday afternoon to relax and tour around London and I'm excited to do that, but my focus is on Jacksonville. I've been studying them all week and they look good. A lot of tough guys up front. Physical guys. Their guards and center are the strongest part of their offensive line. The tackles are good players, but the guards and center are one of the best groups we're going to play.
I'm going to watch them on tape as much as I can right up until the game and look for tendencies. Maybe they give something away when they are passing the ball. Maybe they'll show me something late in games when they're tired. I'm gonna look as much as I can.
We know that Jacksonville has struggled on offense, but then again we knew that Tennessee didn't do much before playing us and then they came back on us and got one (Tennessee defeated the Eagles in overtime earlier in the season). I know the Jaguars want to get their running game going. They made a trade and added Carlos Hyde. He's a hard runner. He's a slasher and he doesn't like to go down. We need to match them with our physical game.
We're sitting here 3-4. We don't have any time to mess around. We can't let any more games slip away from us like we did in Tennessee and last week against Carolina. I give Cam Newton and those guys credit for making plays against us, but we need to close out when we have 17-point leads. For whatever reason, playing 60 minutes this year has been something we have been searching to do. It's been tough doing that.
I'm not frustrated by where we are. I know that I've played on teams that were worse than this one and we made the playoffs. So I'm just staying confident that we're going to play our game on Sunday and get us a win and we're 4-4 at the bye week. You look at the NFC East and we're right there. We have a lot of games in the division later in the season. But Sunday is Jacksonville and a chance to get to the bye week feeling better about ourselves. We can catch our breath then.
First, though, we have to beat Jacksonville. Their quarterback, Blake Bortles, wants to get that running game going and have a balanced attack. That's a big help for his game.
Our defensive line is rallying around each other after Derek (Barnett) went down (placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury). We have our "next man up" mentality so that means Josh Sweat gets his chance. The way he looks at us and the way he sees us prepare, he has no choice but to be right. He has to be on point. He's ready for this. He's embraced it. I can't wait to see what he does.
I want to give a shoutout to all the fans here. I know a bunch came from Philly and we appreciate that. People are telling me that a lot of fans from around the world are here for this game and that they've never seen us play in person. That's a cool thing to know. We need to put on a good show and come away with a win. We just need to treat it like it's any road game and focus and play our best football and get to the bye week straight at 4-4.
Following the Eagles' walkthrough in London on Saturday, the team met with families of America's and England's fallen heroes. Take a look at some of the photos here.