I really enjoyed this second-day story on Week 5’s game between the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints. It broke down big crucial parts of the game to point out what aspects of the game helped lift the Patriots over the Saints 30-27, which included Tom Brady’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 0:05 left on the clock.
The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) are sitting last in the AFC South standings. They’re also last in the league averaging with only 10.2 points and 251.8 yards per game out of 32 teams. Every team’s goal is to be holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February as the new SuperBowl champion and a 0-5 start just isn’t the ideal start to the season to reach that goal.
To add to the 5-game losing streak, the Jaguars placed a few players on the IR list after Sunday’s 34-20 loss against the St. Louis Rams. The No. 2 overall draft pick from last year, OT Luke Joeckel, is out for the season with a broken ankle he inquired Sunday. Also added onto the IR is starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, with a hamstring injury. Safety Dwight Lowery and tight end Allen Reisner will also sit out Sunday with a concussion and a sprained MCL, respectively.
Chad Henne is to start in place of Gabbert this weekend against the undefeated Broncos (5-0), but Henne being on the field is not new-news for the Jaguars. The two quarterbacks have been dueling out this season, Henne appearing in four games while starting in two and Gabbert with three starts in three appearances. Henne playing in this weekend’s game may be the better choice of the Jaguars, Henne being 53-95 for 601 yards with pairs of touchdowns and interceptions with one fumble. While that may not be ideal stats for a quarterback, it’s better than Gabbert‘s 42-86 for 481 yards with one touchdown, seven interceptions and two fumbles.
Chad Henne will have to prove himself not only against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but against Gabbert for his return in hopes of keeping Jacksonville’s season in light.
I really like the NFL Gridiron Gab blog and it’s category for AFC news. It is more of an aggregate blog, but it provides information outside of the game. The stories provide great tidbits and soundbites that sports media consumers would like to see.
I also like to keep up with the NFL Nation Blogs because the posts are from real journalist hired by ESPN to stay up to date. They also provide great insight into position battles, injury information, and the coaches opinion of certain players. Fantasy football players would enjoy these blogs as well.