The Latest: NFL celebrates arrival in London rugby home
The Latest on the seventh week of the NFL season (all times Eastern):
The NFL's latest experiment in internationalizing the sport - taking the game to the English home of rugby, Twickenham, for the first time - got off to a stylish start with fireworks, flames and live music from English R&B star Craig David performing from his new album, ''Following My Intuition.''
Teams of camouflaged British soldiers unfurled field-covering banners honoring the Giants and Rams as the teams' cheerleaders surrounded David's stage on the 50-yard line.
Twickenham is filled to capacity in a special 75,000-seat layout. Ticket scalpers outside the stadium could be heard appealing to buy tickets from passers-by, complaining that the original allotment had sold out online within 20 minutes.
Newly signed Giants kicker Robbie Gould took the field on his own an hour before kickoff to take some practice swings. He wore No. 5, not his usual 9 during his 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears. On the Giants roster, 9 is already taken by punter Brad Wing.
It's another early start for NFL fans as the league starts 3+ hours early from London.
The New York Giants play the Los Angeles Rams in Twickenham Stadium, the home of England's rugby team in southwest London, to begin a slate of 13 games Sunday. It's the first London NFL game not being played at the national soccer stadium, Wembley, since the league started staging regular-season contests in the British capital in 2007.
The buildup has been overshadowed by the NFL's response to new domestic-abuse allegations against Giants kicker Josh Brown, who has been placed on NFL-ordered paid leave while the league mulls whether his original one-game suspension should be toughened. Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould, signed barely 24 hours earlier, will make his Giants debut in front of a sellout 75,000-strong crowd.
Later, the league's only undefeated team, the 5-0 Minnesota Vikings, face the Eagles in Philadelphia, while the Patriots travel to Pittsburgh to face a Steelers team without the injured Ben Roethlisberger. On Sunday night, the NFC West-leading Seahawks face an improving Cardinals squad in Arizona.
Also playing Sunday: Cleveland at Cincinnati, Washington at Detroit, Oakland at Jacksonville, New Orleans at Kansas City, Buffalo at Miami, Baltimore at the New York Jets, Indianapolis at Tennessee, San Diego at Atlanta, and Tampa Bay at San Francisco.