Following a summer writing great in-depth predictions for the BAFA NL Premiership North, Team DC member George Buksmann got an opportunity this week to head along to the LA Chargers Press conference ahead of their Wembley showdown against the Tennessee Titans this weekend.
Ten years on from their last showcase at Wembley an in-form L.A. Chargers return this Sunday to take on a Tennessee Titans team that has had mixed performances at best this season.
Chargers veterans Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates were involved in the second International Series game in 2008, they will now play in the 23rd game at Wembley since 2007.
Rivers said he was excited to be back in London and was looking forward to the crowd at Wembley.
“It’s awesome, this is the second time back, so I’m excited to be back. It was ten years ago being here I think it was the second game ever played over here and now there’s been I guess 21 since then or something like that just the 23rd or 24th game so I’m interested to see again the atmosphere in the stadium.
“I’m interested to see again the atmosphere in the stadium. Last week, I hear it was an unbelievable crowd for Oakland and Seattle. I remember there being a great crowd 10 years ago. I just remember so many different jerseys from so many different teams represented. The energy was in there, a long pass, or a ball getting kicked, all those things got the crowd going pretty good.”
The Chargers stayed in Cleveland following their 38-14 win over the Browns to help adjust to the time zone, meaning that they would only be five hours behind instead of eight, and while Rivers and the bolts can be buoyed by Mariota being sacked 11 times last week, this is a business trip for them and they will play to win.
“It is important to set the tone,” said Rivers, “But I think both teams are good teams and have a lot going. I mean this would be big for us to get to five and two and I know for those guys to get to four and three and kind of turn it back around for them as well.
“We’re playing a team that’s got a lot of veteran players and you know a head coach that’s won a lot of games in his days as a player and a prideful group so we know you’re going to get two teams that when it boils down to it are gonna say who cares, nobody cares what’s happened and how hard the travel was, this game counts and we got to be ready to roll.”
The final international series game takes place on Sunday October 28th as the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Philadelphia Eagles.