International Series: Game 2, a Beginners Guide

As you are all probably aware this weekend we have the 2nd of 3 games in the NFL’s International Series, a run of games where the NFL pick 2 teams to play a regular Season game in L0ndon. This matchup is particularly interesting, between 2 teams loaded with talent but have historically been fairly underwhelming. So I thought now would be as good a time as any to go through some points to look out for, including some of the key players, whilst avoiding any of the embarrassing stereotypes that the UK media seems to resort to every time we have one of these games. Anyway let’s start with the no.1 talking point in America, the start time.

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Devin Hester, you are Ridiculous

Whilst there has been an a lot of talk on whether Megatron will or won’t play & how will a decimated Falcons Offensive Line deal with one of the best front fours in the league, a player has gone way under the radar that is capable of doing something that’s never been done before. To score a Kick/ Punt Return at Wembley & who better to do it than Devin Hester.

Keen listeners to the pod & anyone that has spent any time with me at all will know that I am a huge fan of the Hester’s & the chance to see him in this country is pretty much a dream come true. So I thought now would be a good time to maybe go into a little detail about why I love this guy so much.

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Episode 51a:
International Series Special

A special episode where we look ahead to the marquee game of the 2014 International Series, Lions vs Falcons at Wembley this Sunday. Plus in-depth discussion about the international series and NFL in the UK in general, and interviews with Golden Tate, Jason Jones, Rasheen Mathis and Devin Hester

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Episode 51:
#ballfacts

Jeff Fisher’s cojones, more weird stats, ranting about Katy Perry – it’s been an odd week, but we manage to pull it together enough for a rummage through the latest news and to make our predictions for the week 8 games.

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GRIDIRON GENTLEMEN’S PREDICTION CLUB: WEEK 8

3 way tie last week between myself, Alex & Duncan with a measly 9 each. This week we lose yet another Gent in the predictions leaving us with just myself, Duncan, Russ & the Tailgate Knight, Adam. Anyway let’s start with the best Thursday night game of the Season so far.

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Tailgate Knight’s NFL Spread week 8 Tips

I got 2-1 for my tips from last week, but overall I had another poor showing at 7-8 and now I am 55-51 for the season, and each week I am dipping closer to .500. I need stay above that to have a chance of winning.  And now I am 9 points behind the leader! Plus my Bears were useless against the Dolphins.

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End of Week 7 Power Rankings

I don’t believe it’s too controversial this week, but I’d imagine some folk will still get annoyed. If so, tell us about it, we want to hear your opinions!

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Atlanta Falcons UK Practice

This week the Atlanta Falcons made themselves at home at Arsenal’s training ground as they prepare for the second 2014 international series game against the Lions this weekend. We went along to catch some of the action.

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Detroit Lions UK Practice Photos

Wednesday 22nd October marked the first day of Detroit Lions UK practice in Surrey.

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Week 7: Carolina Panthers 17 – Green Bay Packers 38

Game reviews

The Panthers in recent weeks have put together some decent play, despite having some serious injury issues. This week however it all seemed to come unstuck. Really Carolina were never in this game, with Green Bay putting up 21 pts., seemingly in the blink of an eye & if not for a last second field goal, the Packers would have gone in at half time with a shutout. It would be another 20 minutes before the Panthers would score again, at which point the Packer had scored 38 pts. It would be easy to dismiss this result as the Packers beating up on a poor team, but really that would be an unfair assessment that has found ways of keeping them in games. What would be fairer would be to think that this could be the most complete Packers team since the Super bowl, with serious talent on both sides of the ball. There is a very real chance this is the best team in the league right now. Despite a few bad results the Panthers still have a fairly good chance of making the playoff in one of the league’s poorer Division. The Panthers will also feel hard done by, with having Luke Kuechly ejected from the game, in something that was nothing more than a natural reaction, I have to hope he doesn’t get fined for it.

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