Week 7 NFL Preview

GREAT GAMES AND CLOSE FINISHES ON DISPLAY IN 2011

NFL RETURNS TO UNITED KINGDOM AS BUCCANEERS FACE BEARS IN LONDON

A big game in the UK…and lots of them in the states.

Included on the docket in Week 7 are the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers aiming for a 7-0 start, a rematch of two recent Super Bowls – Indianapolis Colts-New Orleans Saints (Super Bowl XLIV) and Pittsburgh Steelers-Arizona Cardinals (Super Bowl XLIII) – and the fifth regular-season game in London, England in as many years.

“It’s great,” says Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach RAHEEM MORRIS, speaking about his game at Wembley Stadium in London against the Chicago Bears.  “It’s big-game exposure and an opportunity to put our team out in the forefront of everything.  To get our guys in the international game, people love the game in the UK.  It’s a lot of fun for us to travel over there.  It creates a little excitement, creates a nice little buzz.  It’s a Super Bowl-like atmosphere, so it’s a bunch of fun for us.”

The Buccaneers and Bears both enter the game following impressive victories in Week 6 and aim to heat up as the second half of the season quickly approaches.

“Last year we were 4-3 after seven games,” says Chicago head coach LOVIE SMITH, whose club won the NFC North in 2010.  “We have an opportunity to be 4-3 after seven games here, but headed in the right direction coming off of two wins. I’m pretty happy where we are.  It’s not an ideal position starting the season, but where we are right now, coming off a big win, things look like they are headed in the right direction.  I like the direction of where we are going.”

What else is on tap for Week 7?  Close games and comebacks.

  • There have been 19 games through Week 6 in which a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to winthe most at this point in NFL history.  Entering Week 7, 19 double-digit comebacks is already the second-most through the first seven weeks of a season all-time (23 in 1987).
  • With 47 of 90 NFL games (52.2 percent) decided by seven points or fewer entering Week 7, the league is trending towards the highest percentage of seven-point games since 1970 (1994, 115 of 224, 51.3 percent).

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