The New England Patriots (4-3) are atop the AFC East right now and hope to keep their standing after this weekend’s match up against the St. Louis Rams (3-4). The Pats and the Rams head “across the pond” for their Sunday night game. They will be playing at Wembley Stadium in London.
The Rams are making their first trip to London but are looking forward to the challenge. “They’re excited,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “They know the challenges associated with going across the pond, as they say, and they’re looking forward to it.”
The Patriots, on the other hand, have been to Wembley Stadium before. The last time was in 2009 when they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 35-7. The Pats know the difficulties of playing in Europe, however. “The time change, the travel- that’s certainly different than most normal games,” Coach Bill Belichick said. “But it’s not anything we haven’t dealt with before. We’ve traveled to the West Coast. We’re just going the other direction. Hopefully, we’ll be able to deal with it.”
New England’s defense has been suspect lately and have allowed an average of 338.0 passing yards and 14 touchdowns through the air in their last five games. They have managed to pull out fourth-quarter leads in their last two games but Belichick says, “There are a lot of things we need to work on.” Their offense is another one of these things. The Pats have only scored three fourth-quarter points in the last two games and though they lead the NFL in total yardage, they have only recorded two offensive touchdowns in the last two weeks.
“We have to nail those things down,” quarterback Tom Brady said. “A lot of those inconsistencies, you don’t score points.”
The team looks forward however. “We’ll go back, see what we can improve,” cornerback Kyle Arrington said. “It’s all about getting better from here.”
The game will be held Sunday night at 5pm.