The New England Patriots (4-3) and St. Louis Rams (3-4) are no strangers to close contests, as the game lead has been within seven points at some point in the fourth quarter in five of the Patriots’ first seven tests and in every game the Rams have played.
Four out of seven contests for both clubs have been decided by six points or less. The Patriots and the Rams will meet on Sunday as the NFL returns to London and historic Wembley Stadium for the sixth International Series matchup in as many seasons.
“We had a lengthy meeting and the players are all excited,” said Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher, whose entire team took part in a youth football clinic Thursday with approximately 500 children at London’s Regent’s Park, according to NFL press release. ”They’re looking forward to the experience.”
The Brady Bunch amassed 381 total net yards in its 29-26 overtime victory against the New York Jets last week.
The Patriots have posted at least 350 total net yards in 16 consecutive games, tied with the Rams (1999-2000) for the longest such streak in NFL annals. New England currently leads the NFL in total offense with 436.1 yards per game.
“They’re excited and looking forward to the opportunity to play well on Sunday against a new opponent that we have to get to know and become familiar with,” said Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. “It’s a very young and aggressive and fast and explosive team. Hopefully we’ll be up to that challenge.”
Where: Wembley Stadium, London (grass, outdoors)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Forecast: Cloudy, temperatures in the 50s
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