The National Football League (NFL) is already wildly successful in the United States, easily the country’s most popular sport. But this professional league is also ambitious and aggressive and determined to develop a global audience.
As a result, it has produced a schedule that has a number of its games being played before a mostly foreign audience at Wembley Stadium (normally used for soccer) in London. Yes, the United Kingdom (UK) has become the primary target for league expansion.
Two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins “hosted” its divisional rival, the New York Jets at the same stadium before more than seventy thousand people. The spectators packing the stadium, mostly British citizens, saw an entertaining game and gave every indication that American football could succeed outside the United States.
So it should come as no surprise that a second game will be played in London this Sunday. It will air at 9:30 AM because there is a time differential of five-and-on-half hours between London and the east coast of America.
The contest, which is listed as a home game for the Jacksonville Jaguars will pit the Florida team against the rugged Buffalo Bills and its larger-than-life Head Coach, Rex Ryan.
The “visiting” Bills, a team that resides in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC), have been a disappointment over the first part of the season. They have won only three of the six games they have played.
Prior to the start of the season, many pundits felt that this squad’s upper echelon defense and improving offense would enable it to compete for divisional honors with the New England Patriots, especially since Head Coach Rex Ryan, when in charge of the New York Jets, enjoyed some success against the team that plays its home games in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
But that has not happened, at least to this point in the season. The Bills, however, should stand a good chance of topping the Jacksonville Jaguars. The “Jags” are a young team with a very young starting quarterback, Blake Bortles.
While there have been signs that the Jaguars may be improving, this squad is currently a cellar-dweller in the AFC South Division with a won-loss record and 1-5. The Jaguars lack a stout defense, but do possess a very inconsistent and up-and-down offense.
For their part, the Bills deploy a rugged and talented defense that should be able to control the game and key a win for the squad from Western New York. The win is needed because the next opponent for the Bills is the New England Patriots, a team that seems to be able to score at will.
Courtesy of NFL Rush