Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is hoping for a loud atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the Florida team take on the Carolina Panthers in London on Sunday.
The Buccaneers will aim to secure a season sweep of the Panthers as the second of four NFL International Series games takes place in London, at the sport’s new home of Spurs’ new stadium.
The Oakland Raiders defeated the Chicago Bears 24-21 in the first game held last weekend. And Winston is hoping for a noisy atmosphere.
“Last week we had, we played in the Superdome in New Orleans and that is a very loud place,” said the former No1 overall draft pick.
“Honestly, we really enjoy loud atmospheres so we are really hoping that the fans come out there, and they are excited and enthusiastic and help lead us to victory.”
Wembley Stadium will host two further games this season – the Cincinnati Bengals against the Los Angeles Rams on October 27, and the Houston Texans v the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 3.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is hoping his side can play better than the last time they were in London.
Tampa Bay have played in London twice before and lost on both occasions – to the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears, in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
“Yeah it’s always, it’s fun. It is different, the crowd is different,” said veteran coach Arians.
“The noise level is totally different than it is in the States because it never dies. So it is a lot of energy, a lot of fun. I just hope we play a hell of a lot better than the last time we were here.”
The Bucs will aim to enjoy a successful trip third time around and level their season at 3-3 before a rest week on their return to the US.
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