This is how Deshaun Watson described his European experience after a key victory over the London favourite Jaguars Sunday “My experience in Europe, especially playing, it was amazing. The fans, the energy, the vibes, just everything was awesome! Definitely was a great time. That’s why at the end of the game a couple of the guys went to the fans because they showed so much love and so much support and made us feel” It was the final game for the NFL in London, which Verge was able to experience yet again thanks to Stubhub.
Houston Texans 26 – Jacksonville Jaguars 3
“I know that Jacksonville was home, but made us feel at home too. So, we went up there and celebrated with them and it was a good time. It was awesome.”
Jacksonville came into Sunday’s matchup with the hopes of keeping pace the rest of the AFC South leaders, and the eventual loss from the Colts was helpful for sure. unfortunately for the Jags, rookie QB Gardner Minshew and the rest of the offence couldn’t get anything going.
“Yeah, it sucks, man. Didn’t execute at times, didn’t make plays we needed to win. So yeah, it’s no fun.” Minshew was obviously unhappy with his play and will be sweating it out for the next couple of weeks before he finds out if he’ll keep his starting job when Nick Foles returns from injury. For the time being though, Minshew is the starter and head coach Doug Marrone has yet to decide on who will be under centre in Week 11.
“Well, I haven’t spoken to either quarterback yet, and I hate talking through the media about my plans, but the plans were — again, the disappointment of the team, not performing well, will be on my mind now for the next 48 hours.”
Marrone went on to say, “I think after those 48 hours are over, I’m going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don’t have to make a decision and have time. That’s what I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I’ll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we’ll be able to discuss where we’re going to go. That’s pretty much my plan.”
It was a tough loss for the Jaguars faithful but remained passionate throughout the rainy affair. Jags fans always show out for these London games, but the Houston Texans fanbase represented their team overseas impressively.
Deandre Hopkins spoke a bit about the Texans fans who made the trip, as well as the adopted ones based in London. “That speaks a lot about the organization and how we’re travelling all season and how the NFL has helped us grow. Not just as an organization, but as individual players as well.”
“Our fans were great. That’s what we expected. We have a great travelling bunch of fans come all the way from Houston. You got to love it. We felt the love today.”
Players, fans and media alike have been gifted this incredible sporting cohesion of east meets west. Whats transpired for nearly a decade, the London games for the NFL are always a treat.
Thought the Jags lost, the love felt by the London fans is always felt in a huge way and the hype for their part-time, or full time, move to the UK will continue to be highly anticipated.
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