Improving Wembley atmosphere a sign of NFL growth in UK

The NFL bandwagon rolls into London Town once again this week for game 11 of the International Series, with the Jacksonville Jaguars entertaining the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday evening. This is the third game to be staged at Wembley stadium this year with another 80,000+ sell-out crowd expected. Here’s Mark Roberts with more on the NFL’s attempts to set up camp in the UK…

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3 and Out: Broncos humbled by Patriots

The Broncos visited New England looking to show off their new toughness and defensive efficiency. Instead they had to relive the spectre of their Super Bowl annihilation as the Patriots did Patriots things to the Broncos and their defense melted like the pre-game snow.

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End of the 2nd Quarter: Minnesota Vikings

At the midway point of their season the Minnesota Vikings are tied for last place in the NFC North with the underachieving Chicago Bears. Losing Adrian Peterson has understandably hampered the offense, but the D has been solid and the Vikes are no pushover. Here’s Olav Sorumgard’s half term report…

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Pick Six: Handicapping Week 9 in the NFL

Last week was a winning week for me, bringing my overall total steadily into the black. Unfortunately I’m getting this column out a little later than usual, because my first real life bet of the week one of my favourites – Saints/Panthers (Saints -3), which was a winner for yours truly. However, there is a pattern to this week’s more interesting plays. Simply put, if you’re the kinda guy that likes to bet on double-digits dogs, Week 9 is for you. I’m Liam O’Rourke, and this is Pick Six…

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Cavs get first win in thriller in Chicago

Chicago found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against LeBron James and the Cavs in a pulsating game at the United Center on Friday night. The Bulls led by five with just over a minute to play thanks to back to back 3’s by Kirk Hinrich, but a cheap foul on an inbound pass led to two free converted throws, and a contentious loooong continuation call on a Kyrie Irving dribble resulted in a three point play that sent the game to overtime and LeBron took over. Here’s Bulls fan Dave Usher with more…

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End of the 2nd Quarter: New Orleans Saints

After a unexpected 4-4 start through the opening 8 games the Saints have shown glimpses of what was expected of them in the last three games. Will the real New Orleans Saints please stand up. Our Saints reporter Lee Gardiner looks back at the first half of the season.

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Bulls slap down the Knicks, now for LeBron

The much fancied Chicago Bulls got their season off to a winning start with an impressive 104-80 demolition of the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The Knicks bounced back by ruining LeBron James’ homecoming in Cleveland the following night, and tonight it’s Chicago’s turn to face “King James”…

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End of the 2nd Quarter: New York Jets

Things go from bad to worse for the J-E-T-S as they sit bottom of the pile in the AFC East with a 1-7 record having lost seven on the bounce. Rex Ryan’s job appears to be on the line and there’s an issue at QB where neither Geno Smith nor Mike Vick have looked like being the answer. Our Jets writer Mark Roberts doesn’t see things getting better any time soon…

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End of the 2nd Quarter: Baltimore Ravens

John Harbaugh’s 5-3 Ravens have had a solid start to the year and are well placed just behind the Bengals in the ultra competitive AFC North. This weekend they travel to Pittsburgh this weekend to take on the Steelers in one of the NFL’s most bitter rivalries. Here’s Alex Woo with his half time report on the Ravens…

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End of the 2nd Quarter: Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s not been the best of seasons so far for JaguAARRSS fans who have experienced a lot more downs than ups, floundering to a 1-7 record. But the team still keeps on powering through and may slowly be turning the corner. With a rookie quarterback who is slowly learning the game and a group of young receivers trying to get a grip of the NFL, Jaguars fan Paul Beeson, reflects on a season where the Jaguars are clearly trying to build for the future.

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