Well, that was something special in the first week of the NFL Playoffs. We saw comebacks, great defensive displays and a concussed Quarterback playing through the 4th quarter. It was a special time for the fans of the Buffalo Bills who have seen their team play in a Playoff game for the first time in just under 18 years. Lets delve into five takeaways of the weekends action.
New Orleans Saints
A very warm welcome to what is my 1st ever review so please be gentle…
Well what can I say? Saints end the 1st half of the season 6-2 – there were many sceptics, myself included, thinking that after going 0-2 with poor Vikings & Pats games that this is going to be another year of 7-9, if not worse, because the defence yet again didn’t work. But come week 3 in Carolina… where was this defence in weeks 1&2!? We were all shocked that the Saints got their 1st win on the road in Panther country 34-13 & thought, “hmm OK, let’s see how they do in London”. Then we shut out the Dolphins 20-0 & ruined the Jay Ajayi home coming, which made the Saints 2-0 in London with a 2 game 2017 win streak which was a nice feeling going into the bye week. Special shout-out to Ben Wright who correctly predicted on our UK Saints podcast that we would go 2-2 into the bye!
With the New Orleans Saints at Wembley on Sunday, London was alive with fans for a week leading up to the game
The Cry of Who Dat ringing round Wembley on Sunday was a special memory for many Saints fans based in the UK.
The Saints made their first trip back to London since 2008 when they defeated the San Diego 37-32 in a revenge game for future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees going up against his old team. That game really showed cased the high power offence that would eventually lead the Saints onto the Super Bowl in 2009.
Heading to Wembley on October 1st for the Saints vs Dolphins? Well join us after the game for Gridiron & Gravy’s London fan meet-up!
Monday Night Football @ The Vikings
Coming into this game all the talk was on Adrian Peterson returning to Minnesota after his fantastic ten year spell with the Vikings. He really was the face of the franchise for many years. The Saints started with the ball and fed it straight to AP for a nine-yard gain, a good start for the former Viking but that would be as good as it would get. He only managed 18 yards off six attempts with Coach Payton preferring Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Leaving Peterson a very frustrated figure on the side-line…
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