The Caribbean and several US states have been hammered by hurricane Irma over the course of the past week, with the natural disaster creating havoc across North America and leaving a wake of devastation in its path.
When people lose their homes, and even their lives, to such a storm, understandably sport plays a back-seat role and the NFL has already made changes to the scheduling, moving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers clash with Miami Dolphins to week 11.
For the second week in a row the NFL may have to reschedule games as it was announced that a decision on the Jacksonville Jaguars tie with the Tennessee Titans this weekend is ‘pending’, with CNN reporting that Jacksonville is dealing with ‘record storm surge and immense flooding’.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) September 11, 2017
Many streets, including some near the Jaguars EverBank Field, are under a feet of water and the franchise elected to stay in Houston following their 29-7 win over the Texans on Sunday, even training in a local YMCA institute.
The Jaguars announced they are to return to Jacksonville on Tuesday morning but their game with the Titans may well be rescheduled, with the most likely outcome being moving the game to week 8 – where both sides have a bye-week.
However, the loss of a bye-week could be detrimental to both sides in their quest to make the play-offs this season, something that the Dolphins and the Buccaneers will have to deal with in the season ahead, and it could be particularly decisive in the AFC South.
The Jaguars were the only side in that division to win on the opening weekend as the Texans lost to the Jaguars, the Titans lost to the Oakland Raiders and the Colts were torn apart by the Los Angeles Rams.
Should this weekend’s clash be rescheduled, then the Jaguars will look ahead to their tie with the Ravens on Sunday 24th September whilst the Titans will have extra time to prepare for their hosting of the Seattle Seahawks.