I’m not sure if this is what the NFL had in mind when it decided to play football in Europe. A pathetic 0-6 team going up against a perennial power. This is like college football’s version of USC taking on Vanderbilt at a neutral site. It’s not exactly the type of game that’s going to get the rest of the world on board with American football.
This change of scenery could be a good thing for the Bucs, though. From all of the reports I’ve heard, the crowd in London today will not be much of a factor for either team. It will be similar to a Wimbledon match between two guys that nobody cares about. They will cheer the good plays but won’t have a rooting interest either way. This will be far different than the atmosphere the Bucs have been playing in this year. Other than the Washington game, every road crowd has been in a frenzy getting as loud as possible. Even when the Bucs are at home they are usually hearing a round of boos by the second half. So having a crowd that is disinterested right from the start could be a great change for the Bucs. Of course, they are going up against one of the more professional and workman like teams in all of the NFL (so if the Bucs are down 3 touchdowns at the half, forget we had this talk).
However this game turns out, which I don’t think will be good for Bucs fans, the main question will be what did the NFL gain by sending these teams over there? This can’t be the product they want to show off to the rest of world.