This game is a big step for the National Football League for international branding. They will be experimenting a new way to watch 'America's Game' through interneting, provided by Yahoo!, for the matchup this Sunday at 9:30 AM EST between two teams whose seasons have gone in opposite directions in the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.
For the Buffalo Bills, they will be without some important pieces for the matchup in London. They will go for a second straight week with former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel as quarterback, with Tyrod Taylor still out nursing an MCL sprain from a week five against Tennessee.
While Manuel did not have a bad game last week - throwing for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception with a 67 percent completion percentage - it might be a bit tougher without top wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is ruled out with an injury.
The Bills will also be without defensive tackle Kyle Williams, wide receiver Percy Harvin, running back Karlos Williams and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson.
Despite the injuries to the Bills, look for them to have relative success on offense Sunday. Even with E.J. Manuel, Bills head coach Rex Ryan told media earlier in the week that he is, "a bit slower than Tyrod Taylor, but runs the same philosophy that he ran throughout the season," as he looks to have success against a suspect Jacksonville defense.
He also mentioned on the lack of production from running back LeSean McCoy early on in the season, as well, saying he would make the trade again and he might have a breakout game, as the Jaguars allowed over 100 yards from scrimmage (53 rushing yards, 59 receiving yards) to Houston Texans running back Arian Foster last week.
It's been tough on the Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Gus Bradley. Even after another disappointing loss to the Texans last week, fans continued to question whether or not he would retain the head coaching position for the entire season, and there was a response from team owner Shad Khan commenting how he thinks the season is going:
"I think there is a lot of work to do, and Gus and [general manager] Dave Caldwell have done a lot of heavy lifting. We're to the stage now where we'll be seeing some of the results. I'm very, very optimistic and believe in what they are doing. It's frustrating and maddening at times, but if you know football, regrettably it's the right thing to do."
As for the players of the Jaguars, quarterback Blake Bortles took a step down last week, throwing three interceptions last week despite adding on 331 yards and three touchdowns. In an interesting stat that came out, two of the three interceptions came when throwing in the direction of tight end Julius Thomas, as he was targeted 13 times last week with 7 receptions.
Whether the interceptions were points of miscommunication or errant throws by Blake Bortles, it is obvious that the team wants to give it to their $9.2 million man, already adding to two of the best young receivers in the league in Allen Robinson (28 receptions, 488 yards, and five touchdowns) and Allen Hurns (29 receptions, 460 yards, and four touchdowns).
In Buffalo's three wins, they've allowed less than 14 points in each occasion, and for the Jaguars to win, they need to get on the scoreboard fast and often.
There is also a case of bad blood coming in the game on Sunday. Former Buffalo Bills head coach and current Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach/offensive line coach Doug Marrone will be facing his team for the first time since his controversial resigning back in January 2015. The Jaguars also have former Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as the team's current quarterback coach.
In a game of mixed emotions and excitement throughout the world to watch this game, these two teams will continue to go through preparations regularly and go out to seek another victory for the season.