London loves the NFL. The NFL loves London’s cash. How does this excellent relationship present itself? Hundreds 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 residence, and I don’t magically assume both group will change into good after a global flight and jet lag. Name it a hunch.
The exceptional 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 Collection turned a practice, giving followers 56 totally different groups to look at. I took a deep look into these video games, and so they’re merely extremely dangerous soccer video games.
- Solely 4 video games have been between two groups that had mixed successful information getting into London.
- Of those video games, solely TWO featured groups that each had successful information.
- 9 video games had 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. If you happen to purchased a ticket to a London recreation you had a 7 % likelihood of seeing a superb 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 an entire, assume once more. A shocking 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 had 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 stated 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 very best receiver within the NFL, you’ve bought Eli Manning — so that you’re hoping to see some unimaginable catches and large performs.
Then on the opposite aspect of the ball you’ve gotten an unimaginable operating again in Todd Gurley, who simply rushed for 1,100 yards his rookie yr and is rapidly cementing himself as among the finest backs younger backs within the league.
So offensively this can be 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 move by the Rams, a choose 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 folks 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 greatest. That, coupled with an astounding knack to place dangerous video games in London has change into the worst present we give the U.Okay. each single yr.
So look ahead to Jets vs. Falcons, British soccer followers — as a result of that is one other butt recreation coming your means.