NY Jets take fa­vorite toi­let pa­per to Lon­don


Call it the Toi­let Bowl. Much of the talk sur­round­ing the first of three reg­u­lar-sea­son NFL games in Lon­don has been hi­jacked by the news that the New York Jets flew to Eng­land with their own toi­let pa­per to repli­cate the com­forts of home.

“You would think it would be fine over here,” said Mi­ami Dol­phins rookie run­ning back Jay Ajayi, who was born in Bri­tain but moved to the U.S. as a kid. “For them to do that, that’s pretty in­ter­est­ing.”

The Jets will be play­ing in Lon­don for the first time, which may ex­plain why they are tak­ing so much care to en­sure the play­ers feel right at home.

It has cer­tainly be­come a topic of con­ver­sa­tion since both teams ar­rived in Lon­don on Fri­day.

“I could make a short com­ment right there but I de­cline,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said at the team’s prac­tice fa­cil­ity. “I’m not touch­ing that one.”

Re­gard­less of the toi­let pa­per dis­cus­sion, Sun­day’s game at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium will be im­por­tant for both AFC East teams. The Dol­phins are 1-2 af­ter win­ning their opener. The Jets are 2- 1, but lost their last game.

“Com­ing off two tough losses where we didn’t play well, it’s a big game,” Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill said Fri­day. “We’re not happy about how we played. We un­der­stand that we have to play bet­ter.”

Sun­day’s game, the 12th

to be played in Lon­don, will be the first to fea­ture di­vi­sion ri­vals. That adds some ex­tra in­ter­est and some ex­tra in­ten­sity, es­pe­cially for the “host” Dol­phins, who played in Lon­don last year as the “away” team and beat the Oak­land Raiders 38-14.

But more im­por­tant than the venue is get­ting the team play­ing the right way.

“We’ve talked a lot about play­ing a 60-minute football game, which we re­ally haven’t done up to this point and time,” Dol­phins coach Joe Philbin said. “We’ve talked a lot about mak­ing first downs and hav­ing bal­ance and rhythm on of­fense.”

The de­fense is also an is­sue. The Dol­phins rank next to last in run de­fense and last with only one sack in 94 pass plays. And that’s with Ndamukong Suh in the team.

Suh, the high­est-paid de­fen­sive player in league history, has seven tack­les so far, but no sacks.

“It’s go­ing to be a key game for us to come out and get started fast, how we want to play, which we haven’t done the past cou­ple games,” Tan­nehill said.

The Dol­phins did that last sea­son, though, beat­ing the “host” Raiders easily in the first of last year’s three NFL games in Lon­don.

“Last year, I came out of the tun­nel and ev­ery­one was hold­ing Oak­land Raiders signs. I thought, ‘There’s a lot of Raiders fans here,’” Tan­nehill re­mem­bered. “Hope­fully this year they say Dol­phins.”

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