Two sides struggling for form go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Denver Broncos.
Both teams have a 2-5 record ahead of their clash this weekend and if either side is to stand a chance of making the playoffs this season, then a win in London is a must.
|What:||Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Where:||Wembley Stadium, London|
|When:||13:30, Sunday 30th October 2022|
|How to watch:||ITV & bet365’s|
|Odds:||DEN Broncos 5/4, JAX Jaguars 20/29|
With both teams struggling in their respective divisions, time is running out for the Broncos and the Jaguars if they are to make their move on the playoff spots.
The Jaguars find themselves in a rut at present after what was a positive start to the season. Jacksonville started the campaign with a defeat at the Washington Commanders, before bouncing back to win against both the Indianapolis Colts and LA Chargers.
Confidence will have been high after that 38-10 win over the Chargers in California but the Jaguars have since been brought back to earth with a bump.
Starting with a 29-21 defeat in Philadelphia at the hands of the resurgent Eagles, Jacksonville have gone on to lose their following three games against the Houston Texans, Colts and New York Giants.
The four-game losing run has seen the Jaguars drop down to third place in the AFC South, while the Tennessee Titans lead the way with a 4-2 record.
Remarkably the Broncos have the same form as the Jaguars ahead of their trip to Wembley this weekend.
Like Jacksonville, Denver lost their opening game, before recording back-to-back wins in their second and third weeks against the Texans and San Francisco 49ers respectively.
Then came a four-match losing streak for the Broncos as well, with defeats to the Las Vegas Raiders, Colts, Chargers and New York Jets.
The only difference is that Denver's 2-5 record sees them rock bottom of the AFC West, with a mountain to climb if they are to catch the frontrunners Kansas City Chiefs or the Chargers in second spot.
It all makes for an intriguing encounter at Wembley on Sunday, with the Broncos at 5/4 on the moneyline to get their campaign back on track.
It's certainly been a tough start to life in Denver for quarterback Russell Wilson, who has looked a shadow of the player who shone at the Seattle Seahawks.
One of the best QBs in the NFL on his day, there was plenty of excitement at Mile High when the deal was confirmed to bring Wilson from Seattle to Denver.
However, it has so far failed to be the perfect match the Broncos fans were hoping for, with Wilson throwing just five touchdown passes so far this season.
With a pass completion rate of 58.6%, Wilson has shocked many with his disappointing distribution and his long-term future with the Broncos appears to be in the balance.
Meanwhile, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is enjoying a better season, with nine touchdown passes to his name and 1,707 yards through the air.
In just his second season in the NFL, Lawrence is closing in on the 12 touchdown passes he threw in his entire rookie campaign.
Lawrence has a key weapon in wide receiver Christian Kirk at his disposal, with the wide man having four touchdowns to his name this season.
In a battle between two sides low on confidence, a cagey encounter can be expected when these sides meet on Sunday.
Lawrence will take to the big stage hoping to edge his far more experienced opposite number in Wilson.
A positive start will be key for both these franchises, and if one side gets ahead with a healthy lead, the other team might well struggle to get back into the contest.
Considering Lawrence is in better form than the struggling Wilson, it might just be the Jaguars who come out on top in this one.