NFL of today’s Kickoff: Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Live Stream, live from Wembley Stadium. Viewers can watch the game with a choice of two audio options The Jacksonville vs. Jaguars spent the opening weekend of the NFL season game in Houston, preparing for, executing and then, eventually, celebrating a decisive victory over the Texans. Only it wasn’t that simple.
When: the Jaguars boarded the plane out of Jacksonville and to Houston, they did so with concern about Hurricane Irma, but with the security of knowing that forecasts called for the storm to stay mostly west of their city, sparing it the teeth of the storm. There would probably be some damage, but hopefully not too much.
Except, all day that Sunday, as the storm pushed unexpectedly east, pictures and videos began rolling in of the city getting hit with a deluge of rainfall, causing massive and widespread flooding. Suddenly the big victory against the Texans didn’t mean so much. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan immediately gathered his management team after the Houston game and said the franchise needed to be a leader on the recovery.
Shad set the tone, team president Mark Lamping said. He challenged us to do something big. He said, ‘Whatever we do, make it substantive but also make it symbolic.
Jacksonville is a small market by NFL standards. Its metropolitan area has just 1.6 million people. That’s often considered a negative, less revenue and fewer resources to work with. It’s one reason the franchise plays a game annually in London at least through 2020. That includes Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a game that will be streamed live globally on Yahoo Sports.
London provides money and cache. Yet Jacksonville still offers its charms, especially in times like this that can be a benefit, when the small-market, we’re-all-in-this-together vibe, takes over.
The Jaguars are the only major professional sports franchise in the city and arrived only 23 seasons ago. As such, it carries an outsized role locally, even as on-field success has mostly been elusive. In this case, though, if the Jaguars weren’t going to stand up for the city, who would? The franchise doesn’t have the luxury of waiting for someone else to lead.
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We understand things are going on around us, coach Doug Marrone said. I wouldn’t call anything normal. People are trying to and we will rebuild.”
After spending an additional night in Houston, the team returned to Jacksonville. Nearly everyone had some damage, but no one dealt with catastrophic failure, per Lamping. EverBank Field was inspected and found to be in mostly fine shape. Meetings with local officials found that the city was adamant that Sunday’s home game against Tennessee (a 37-16 loss) be played in Jacksonville as scheduled.
They said it was really important, Lamping said. They wanted to communicate to the world that Jacksonville is up and running and open for business despite a lot of challenges.
So the game was kept at home. Khan then pledged $1 million to recovery efforts (that was the substantive part) and the team set aside 5,000 tickets to the Tennessee game for first responders, power company workers and fans affected by the flood that was the “symbolic part.