London loves the NFL. The NFL loves London’s cash. How does this good relationship present itself? 1000’s of voracious, excited soccer followers descend on transformed soccer stadiums, filled with hope and promise for the NFL. The NFL, prepared and ready, rewards their loyalty with THE WORST FOOTBALL GAMES IMAGINABLE … EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.
Sunday marks maybe the best instance of this as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will get the white-hot motion of … Jets vs. Falcons.
Get hyped, North London, since you’re getting a battle of 1-3 groups! Two high draft picks: Zach Wilson who throws interceptions in bunches, Kyle Pitts who I promise is definitely on an NFL roster regardless of how little he’s focused.
There isn’t a level discussing this recreation. It doesn’t matter who wins or who loses, it’s going to suck. How do I do know this? Effectively, the groups are dangerous. They’re dangerous away, they’re dangerous at house, and I don’t magically assume both group will turn into good after a world flight and jet lag. Name it a hunch.
The outstanding a part of all that is the knack the NFL has for giving London the worst video games possible. That is the twenty eighth recreation to be performed in London since 2007 when the Worldwide Sequence turned a practice, giving followers 56 totally different groups to observe. I took a deep look into these video games, they usually’re merely extremely dangerous soccer video games.
- Solely 4 video games have been between two groups that had mixed profitable data coming into London.
- Of those video games, solely TWO featured groups that each had profitable data.
- 9 video games have been settled by one rating or much less.
- The typical margin of victory in London video games is 14.8 factors
The NFL provides London dangerous dangerous groups competing in dangerous video games. In case you purchased a ticket to a London recreation you had a 7 % likelihood of seeing a great recreation between two of the higher groups within the NFL. You had a 2 % likelihood of seeing two good groups end a recreation by a single rating.
Now, earlier than you assume that that is actually only a microcosm of the NFL as a complete, assume once more. A surprising 32 % of video games completed in a blowout of 20 factors or extra. By comparability solely 17 % of video games are 20 level blowouts on common over the identical time interval as London video games have been performed.
So, what’s essentially the most butt recreation London has been subjected to? That’s powerful, as a result of so many have been terrible — however there’s one thing magical to be mentioned for this gem …
New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams — 10/23/16
So, let’s put your self within the footwear of a fan in London who may purchase a ticket to this recreation. We’re in the midst of Odell Beckham Jr’s domination as the most effective receiver within the NFL, you’ve bought Eli Manning — so that you’re hoping to see some unbelievable catches and massive performs.
Then on the opposite aspect of the ball you’ve gotten an unbelievable working again in Todd Gurley, who simply rushed for 1,100 yards his rookie 12 months and is shortly cementing himself as the most effective backs younger backs within the league.
So offensively it is a win-win, proper?
- Eli Manning throws for 196 yards and no touchdowns.
- Odell Beckham Jr has 49 receiving yards.
- Todd Gurley runs 15 occasions for 57 yards.
- Rams QB Case Keenum throws 4 interceptions.
Regardless of all these interceptions, there’s nonetheless virtually no scoring. The sport’s solely three touchdowns comes on a ten yard go by the Rams, a decide six, then a 1 yard run by the Giants. The ultimate whistle sounds and it’s 17-10 It’s a putrid recreation with virtually nothing going for it, and other people paid a premium to see it. Followers additionally witnessed a complete of 15 punts between the 2 groups.
Is there any technique to make these video games higher?
Nope! I imply, most likely not. The difficulty is that weaving them into the common season throws off the preparation of each groups, that means in the event that they’re truly good to start with, they’re not going to play their finest. That, coupled with an astounding knack to place dangerous video games in London has turn into the worst present we give the U.Ok. each single 12 months.
So look ahead to Jets vs. Falcons, British soccer followers — as a result of that is one other butt recreation coming your manner.