Vikings v Steelers in London could be the closest in years

The International Series games at Wembley get under way next week and it looks to be one of the most competitive contests we have seen.

Last year was relatively disappointing game for the neutral to watch as New England and Tom Brady ran riot over the helpless St Louis Rams, 45-7.

Since the games were started in 2007 when the Dolphins took on the Giants there have been a few blowouts, most notably for the Patriots against the Rams and the Buccaneers.

I was there for the closest game of the lot when the New Orleans Saints beat the San Diego Chargers, it came down to the final play of the game but the Chargers came up short losing 37-32.

Will we see something similar this year? Well maybe not that high scoring but the Steelers v Vikings game at the end of September looks to be evenly matched and it is very likely that it would come down to one score.

Don’t expect to see anything other than a big win for the 49ers against the NFL’s worst team the Jaguars in the second Wembley game.

In fact Jacksonville will be coming to London for the next four years so it will be interesting to see how they progress and show some signs of improvement.

Lots of people wonder why there is never more evenly matched games or even big rivalries that are brought over to the UK.

The answer is simple, the top teams do not want to give up home field advantage in what could turn out to be an important game in their season. We have seen the likes of the 49ers, Broncos and Patriots come over for games but they will always be the away team.

I think the UK fan base are just excited that they get to see regular season NFL action twice a season and you never know it might be a lot more in the coming years.

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