The last time the Raiders played in London against the Dolphins in 2014, they moved to 0-4, lost Derek Carr to injury during the game and then lost head coach Dennis Allen as he was fired on the flight home.
Ahead of this week’s match-up with former AFC West rivals Seattle, current head coach Jon Gruden wasn’t looking forward to the trip on a personal level. “I hope I can make it,” said Chucky. “I’m not great, claustrophobic, [to watch his son in Belarus] I had to fly 14 hours, had vertigo for a month. I couldn’t even lay down, the house was spinning. I’m not a great traveller. I’ll be honest. I hate it.”
While the flight home won’t be as unpleasant as Allen’s, it’ll still be on the back of a loss as Seattle revel in the Wembley atmosphere for the first time. Including playoffs, the Steelers have beaten Cincinnati nine of last 10 times they’ve played, with the Bengals’ last win occurring in November 2015. Even though Pittsburgh are two wins behind the AFC North, Ben Roethlisberger and co should have too much for the home team.
The Jets hit on a recipe for victory against the Broncos in Week 5 – hand the ball to Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell and get the ball to big-play receiver Robbie Anderson. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold benefited from less pressure on him to win the game alone. While he only completed 10 of 22 passes, he threw three scores and just one interception as Crowell and Powell combined for 318 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Indianapolis’s defence is marginally stouter than Denver’s against the run but expect the hosts to repeat the formula and come out on top. There’ll be little respite for that Broncos’ defence in Week 6 however as the Rams come to town with the NFL’s busiest rusher – Todd Gurley. No.30 for LA has had more touches than any running back through five weeks and leads the NFL in scoring with nine TDs. Expect the Rams roll to stretch to 5-0.
Aaron Rodgers started to look like his knee was feeling better despite losing to the division rival Lions last weekend. The Packers passer, who has struggled since injuring his left leg in Week 1, went 32 of an astonishing 52 attempts for 442 yards and three scores. Expect a fit-again A-Rod to feast upon a 49ers side trying not to completely combust after losing QB
saviour Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 3.