In Week 8, Jacksonville hosts Philadelphia in London at 9:30 a.m. E.T. Here are five stats surrounding Sunday’s matchup at Wembley Stadium:
WINS AT WEMBLEY: The Jaguars have played well in London as of late, accumulating three consecutive wins across the pond at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville dominated Baltimore, 44-7, in its last showing in the U.K., jumping out to a 37-0 lead behind a stellar performance from QB Blake Bortles, which included four TD passes in the first three quarters. The Jaguars’ three wins (2015, 2016 and 2017) in London are the most by any team in the NFL.
CARLOS’ CAREER: Since entering the league with San Francisco in 2013, Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde has registered more than 3,000 rushing yards and 26 TDs. Hyde has been especially effective since 2016, when he produced his first season of 1,000 scrimmage yards (1,151) and followed it in 2017 with a career-high 1,288 scrimmage yards. Following his four seasons in San Francisco (2013-17), Hyde signed with Cleveland in the 2018 offseason and in five games with the Browns this season, led the team in carries (114), rushing yards (382) and rushing TDs (five).
THE RECEIVING RUNNING BACK: Not only has RB T.J. Yeldon been the Jaguars leading rusher through their first six games, but he’s also been impressive as a pass catcher. Yeldon scored his fourth receiving TD on an acrobatic catch on a 6-yard throw from QB Cody Kessler in Week 7 against Houston, becoming the first running back in franchise history to record four receiving TDs in a single season. Yeldon and Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt are the only players in the NFL with 300 rushing yards and four receiving TDs.
TELVIN’S 500: LB Telvin Smith Sr. emerged as a Pro Bowler last season and has been a defensive stalwart in 2018, leading the Jaguars in tackles in four out of seven games this season. Against the Texans in Week 7, he became the eighth player in franchise history to surpass 500 career tackles and first since former teammate and defensive captain LB Paul Posluszny accomplished the feat.
LONDON GROWTH: The Jaguars’ popularity in London has grown significantly since first playing across the pond in 2013. After beginning as the 32nd-most popular NFL team in U.K. jersey sales in 2013, the Jaguars moved up to eighth in 2018. Union Jax, the Jaguars U.K-based fan group, grew 83 percent this year and is now 86,000 members strong.
Every Friday during the 2018 season, Jaguars Public Relations Assistant David Wolf will write five key stats about the Jaguars’ upcoming game. A Chapel Hill, N.C. native, Wolf joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in May 2018.