CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- So, the way we see it, this should even us up for that whole "the British are coming, the British are coming'' thing.
At least we were basically prepared for the English attacks in the battles of Lexington and Concord. You have to wonder if the good folks of London really saw the Dolphins coming. And we Americans have the temerity to say soccer is boring?
There's no telling how much the NFL's international efforts to broaden its fan base got set back by Sunday's Giants at Dolphins game, played in the rain and slop at venerable Wembley Stadium. But, Lord, it couldn't have helped the cause. If the NFL catches hold in Europe after this one, you know they were really hungry for the game of tackle football in the old country.
Sending the Dolphins over to represent the NFL was not exactly a Marshall Plan-like gesture of generosity. Miami fielded a junior varsity squad on offense: No
The league might have packed in 81,000-plus for the first NFL regular-season game to be played outside of North America, but the real test will be to see how many of those supporters (love that English term) will be back for more after sitting through a three-hour fight for good footing and proper divot-replacement.
The Giants played stout defense -- limiting Miami to just three points for the first 58 minutes, and 254 yards of offense overall -- and ran the ball convincingly behind
If the NFL really cared about getting Europe interested, maybe it could have talked
• Those pumpkin-colored jerseys the Bears wore at home in honor of Halloween certainly didn't scare the Lions. The only thing scary about Chicago on Sunday was its offensive execution in a 16-7 loss to visiting Detroit.
• Another week, another ho-hum showing by
Can we just admit the obvious? By trading
Get the MVP plaque inscribed and polished up, folks. It's belongs to T.B. this year. No ifs, ands or buts.
• Didn't the Eagles used to have a running game? I mean, like late last season? Oh, that's right. That's when
• The next time the Bengals defense stops the run will be the first time the Bengals defense stops the run. The Steelers tore through Cincy for 160 yards in their win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, led by
There's no more glaring broken record in the NFL. Will the rushing defense woes ever end for
• Who said
• Oh, and this just in: It rains a bit in London. Been known to get a tad foggy too. Wembley's turf -- sorry, pitch -- didn't fare so well in the wet conditions that prevailed on Sunday. Apparently us Yanks have mastered the art of drainage systems to a degree they haven't in jolly old England.
The NFL might want to be aware of that little sticky wicket the next time it decides to kick it off in England.
• Wait a minute. I thought
Turns out Feely played the "other football'' in England, touring the U.K. three times as a teenaged soccer player while growing up in the Tampa area.
• Livening up things a bit in the dreary conditions were unconfirmed reports of a streaker at Wembley. And I don't think they were talking about wideout
• As part of the rebuilding program that has already begun in Miami, the Dolphins are thought to be open to trading that 26-foot-tall animatronic version of Miami defensive end
Early speculation has Redskins owner
• Hey, I know the Cleveland beat a winless team in the Rams, but you still have to be impressed with the 4-3 Browns, who matched their 2006 win total and now have their first winning streak since Weeks 5-6 of 2003. Cleveland was down 14-0 early at St. Louis, but it didn't panic or fold the tents like it has in just that situation so many times before.
• It looks like
• Wow. Even though they kept pace with Miami and remained winless, the Rams actually looked like an NFL team when their Pro Bowl running back
Alas, Jackson's lost season kicked back in at that point. He left the game in the second quarter with lower back tightness. Did I really pick the Rams to win the NFC West?
• I'm thinking it says something about the Vikings' struggles on offense in the two-year
• Hard to imagine in a town that once adored its high-flying Rams of "Greatest Show on Turf'' fame, but St. Louis suffered its second home blackout in four games this season. I imagine that even
• As much as they love
• Speaking of divisional races, the Saints aren't dead in the NFC South after all. With three consecutive wins, New Orleans is 3-4 and just one game behind division leader Carolina (4-3). Kudos to Saints head coach