Any dreams the Miami Dolphins have of putting their embarrassing loss to the New York Jets behind them could well be shattered when they come up against an in-form Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in London on Sunday.
The Fins will be making their fourth appearance in London and a change of scenery might be just what they need after their rotten performance at the MetLife Stadium last week.
Miami are now 1-1 following the 20-6 defeat after taking until the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard as their offence struggled to get going.
Quarterback Jay Cutler continues to look timid when called upon to pass while star running back Jay Ajayi had one of his worst games in his short NFL career, with 11 carries for 16 yards.
Ajayi had easily racked up over 100 yards the previous week against the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami will need him to do the business against the Saints if they are to pick up their second win on the other side of the Atlantic.
The British-born back should have a bit more joy against a leaky New Orleans defence that has conceded an average of 126.7 yards per game on the ground. Ajayi is 1/1 to score a touchdown at anytime.
As usual, it is the Saints’ defence that has left them down, conceding an average of 29 points per game and leading to them being 1-2 heading to the UK.
They looked a little more solid last week in the 34-13 win over NFC South rivals Carolina Panthers but once again it was Brees who stole the show, throwing three touchdown passes and keeping up his record of no interceptions this season.
The 38-year-old does not appear to be slowing down with age and should relish taking on the Dolphins’ secondary, the worst in the NFL, giving up 79 per cent of pass attempts against them.
The Saints looked decent on the ground against the Panthers last week, too, with Mark Ingram making some big gains, but they will find it tougher against a Dolphins team that has successfully stopped the run this year.
With that in mind, look for Brees to go to the air more often in his bid to make it two wins from two in London, with the Saints having beaten the Chargers at Wembley in 2008.
The Saints are the 5/8 favourites and, unlike last week’s favourites the Baltimore Ravens, they are unlikely to crumble in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wembley.
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