London Diary

I thought the trip to London was great. Part of it was tough, in terms of getting some sleep and trying to change time zones and getting adjusted to that. But other than that, I enjoyed it. I had a great time. And for me, it was extra special just to be able to play in Europe.

I've been over to Europe a lot of times, and for us to actually go out there and bring American football there, I thought that was pretty cool.

I had been to London two or three times before (on vacation). But it's a big city. It's like how you can't go to New York one or two times and think that you've seen everything there is to see. So I went there a couple times, went there again for the game, and now I hope I can go back sometime pretty soon, because I really enjoyed it.

I think just the whole experience of traveling with the team to a place we'd never been to together, going all over London and the way the people responded to us in such a positive way, I thought that was cool. Playing in Wembley Stadium, that was pretty cool. Then being the first (NFL) team to win a game over in Europe, that's pretty cool. There are a bunch of things from this experience that you can just keep stacking up that made it a great trip.

We kind of knew that the reception from the fans there would be good, just because the (90,000) tickets sold out so quickly. But I still thought the reception that we got was great. I think fans over there really enjoyed the game. But it was just a shame that we couldn't get our offense going as well as we wanted to. That might've made the experience better for them, but I think they enjoyed it overall.

That's a big thing for us, too, going into the bye week. We're coming off a game where we didn't do as well as we wanted to do on the offensive side of the ball. And to be coming off a game where we didn't do as well as we wanted to, with such a big game coming up when we come back (against Dallas), we'll feel like we always have something to prove. So as we head into the second half of the season, that's going to help us out, in kind of a weird way.

The only thing about London that wasn't great was the field. The field was in pretty bad shape. The worst thing about it was that the grass was cut really, really short, kind of like a putting green. You take a putting green, and then you put a bunch of 300-pounders on it, and then you have all the players putting inch-and-a-half, seven-stud cleats on, when you've got guys running full-speed, and then you add the rain, that's what you get.

But that didn't ruin the experience or anything. It was fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to do too much sightseeing. We didn't have enough time over there for that. But Friday night, we did get to go out to dinner, being that we had everybody out there with their families or our friends or whatever. And then after the game, we got a chance to go out and see some the city. But by the time the game was over and we did everything after the game and got out of there, it was already like 10 or 11 o'clock at night. So there wasn't a lot of time for us to do anything.

Now that we're back, I'm definitely going to take some time off during the bye week, let my body rest and heal. I think I'm going to go down to the Caribbean, to one of those islands down there for a couple days, to see how that is. I'll check that out, get a little sunshine and hopefully come back refreshed.

I think it's good that we're playing Dallas in our first game back, because we're going to have a team that has actually beat us before (this season). So we're going to have a lot to prove. So no matter how far away we go (for the bye week), that's going to be in the back of our minds, that this team beat us last time.

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