Jaguars may not be playing at home on Sunday

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After Hurricane Harvey his Houston, there was talk of the Texans and Jaguars flipping their home games in the twice-per-year series. After Hurricane Irma unexpectedly flooded Jacksonville, there’s talk of the Jaguars and Titans flipping their home games in the twice-per-year series.

Via the Associated Press, damage in and around EverBank Field may prevent Sunday’s Titans-Jaguars game from being played there.

The game could be played in Nashville, with the Jacksonville edition of the annual two-game series being played in Week 17. Another option would be to treat this as the bye for both teams and play the game in Week Eight, since both teams currently are due to be off then.

“The first step right now is to make sure our families are fine,” coach Doug Marrone said Monday, via the AP. “The second step is to make sure we can get back to Jacksonville. The next step is where our work is going to be done and then the next step, I would believe, is if the stadium is safe and things of that nature.”

The Jaguars stayed in Houston on Sunday and Monday night.

“The only thing I know is that people will be checking on the stadium, people will be checking on the fields,” Marrone said. “They’re going to get back to us sometime just to give us a report to where everything is at so we kind of get a little bit of a heads up or a feel of what we’re coming back to when we come back to Jacksonville.”

Given Jacksonville’s Week Three “home” game in London, moving the Week Two game would mean that the Jaguars won’t play in Jacksonville until October 15. Flipping the Titans-Jaguars series would give the Jaguars four home games in the final five weeks of the season.

For the Titans, playing at home this weekend would mean starting the year with three straight home games.

These issues remain secondary to the issues arising from damage wrought by the storm, but there is a competitive component and a business component that needs to be considered as the league tries to make the best possible decisions regarding how to proceed.

16 responses to “Jaguars may not be playing at home on Sunday

  1. Good news for the Jaguars – any game against the Titans is a home game, because they wear their road jerseys every week, and the fans at Nissan Stadium are not the same fans that go to Predators playoffs games. Actually, most of them are opposing fans.

  2. If they flip the home game then Jags will open with 5 straight games away from Jacksonville (counting london). Not an ideal situation so probably makes more sense to push to the bye week, given that the team has already had their preparation for this week affected.

  3. Flip the home games, jags were willing to do it.

    As a Titans season ticket holder that would suck for me because I’m out of town and would have no way to use my tickets.

  4. jasons81 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:04 am
    Flip the home games, jags were willing to do it.

    As a Titans season ticket holder that would suck for me because I’m out of town and would have no way to use my tickets.

    @jason81 Wow, Jacksonville is flooded…People have lost their homes in my city…and you are worried about losing out on attending a game.
    Here’s a suggestion: Donate those tickets!

  5. If they flip the home game then Jags will open with 5 straight games away from Jacksonville (counting london). Not an ideal situation so probably makes more sense to push to the bye week, given that the team has already had their preparation for this week affected.

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    Making both teams play 15 games straight is less ideal in my opinion especially when something as simple as fliping the home games is available.

    The only reason they did it with Tampa and Miami is because there was no other option.

  6. 2011 was the last time the Jags had a winning record. I have flights, beach front hotel and 4th row tickets in Jacksonville on Sunday. I live in Nashville where Irma is hanging out today.

  7. @emma333 says:

    @jasons81 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:04 am
    Flip the home games, jags were willing to do it.

    As a Titans season ticket holder that would suck for me because I’m out of town and would have no way to use my tickets.

    @jason81 Wow, Jacksonville is flooded…People have lost their homes in my city…and you are worried about losing out on attending a game.
    Here’s a suggestion: Donate those tickets!
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    Emma, how about you worry about the damage in your city or better yet, be miffed that NFL is considering playing a game in your city. Your suggestion that he donate his Titans tickets is simply ridiculous. I bet you weren’t mad that Houston hosted a game with flood waters still occupying some of its streets while your city’s team played a game. Go sit down somewhere.

  8. They are playing in Jacksonville. And donating tickets to first responders and others is the right thing to do. That’s what the Jaguars are going to do, and so would I in case there is the need to relocate a game for emergency purposes. JAXSTRONG.

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