Inching closer to the Bills and Chiefs this Sunday. We began the show with an update from practice including the injury status of both Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson. The other big news of the day was the announcement that the Bills will take part in the NFL International Series in 2015. Buffalo will travel to Wembley stadium to play the Jaguars on October 25th.
Joining us to discuss just that was NFL Executive VP of International Mark Waller. Waller called in from London and added that it’s a great opportunity for the Bills to experience the increased fan base in the UK. He also talked about timing, specifically for the new owners of the Bills Terry and Kim Pegula.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to get a sense of what we’re really up to in the UK and to have to fan base we have here respond to NFL and the regular season games. It felt like the timing was good for the new ownership to experience London first hand.”
Waller said it’s been remarkable to see the growth of the sport in the UK and the knowledge of the fans. He added it’s a “great testament to the popularity of our sport.”
Next up was offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who made his return to the show following the bye week. It was a time for the coaching staff to evaluate their players and systems through the first half of the season. Hackett talked about the growth of his unit from the quarterback, to the offensive line, to the wide receivers. He said the growth and potential of the offense is “really exciting.” He also talked about this weekend’s matchup against the Chiefs, facing yet another top-10 defense.
“I swear every day I walk in to get the scouting report they’re telling me, ‘Oh, we got another top five defense.’ I’m like man, what’s going on? They are impressive. They have those two ends (Justin Houston and Tamba Hali) and they are special players. Those are guys we’re definitely going to have a plan for. They are stellar on third down. That’s a big challenge for us. I think we’ve presented to the guys and told them it’s a situational game because that’s where they really excel at in the redzone. It’s astounding. I don’t think they’ve given up a rushing touchdown. With their scheme by itself, they’re very, very unique. They give you a lot of different looks.”
Finally, it was the return of Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas. He weighed in on news that the Bills will play over in the UK and reminisced back to 1991 when he was part of the team that took on the Eagles in a preseason game in London. Thomas then talked about this weekend’s game with the Chiefs and why he thinks the Bills will come out on top.
“It’s going to be a tough game but I think the way the Bills run defense is playing and we can get the running game going it will keep Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense off the field. I’m going Bills. I think it might be close for a while but I think at the end the Bills will pull it out, maybe by 10 points.”
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