LONDON -- Televisions all over London replay rugby and soccer highlights. The sight of athletes in pads is a tad strange for many.
And the locals are not afraid to talk a little trash.
Wide receiver Robert Woods doesn't watch rugby himself. But when told by one local journalist here that the NFL game is rooted in rugby, he shared a story.
“We were riding around with a couple Uber drivers who were saying we were soft because we wear pads," Woods said. "So we have to put on a show Sunday.”
Several players have referred to this week as a "business trip." And Woods himself called this game a "must-win situation" after the Bills lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-21, last week. The Bills absolutely don't want to head into their bye week with a losing record. But from the cars driving on the other side of the street to the accents to the many, many cultural differences, it's a chance to experience something far beyond American football, too.
Some, like running back Boobie Dixon, have shared their week on social media, too.
Meanwhile, we see if the NFL has a future in this country. Commissioner Roger Goodell certainly would like to expand the game's brand. And while you're not going to see hardly any (if at all) people wearing NFL team apparel downtown, the Jacksonville Jaguars have turned London into their home away from home. Owner Shad Khan hinted that big news was coming Thursday.
When Woods was asked if a team could play here, he said he doesn't see why not.
"The flight wasn’t too bad," the receiver said. "I think it’s definitely possible.”
For now, players will just have to take some occasional flak from folks here.