New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons: The NFL is back in London

The NFL's London Series is back after a two year hiatus due to COVID-19. The New York Jets, fresh from their first win of the season, will play the Atlanta Falcons at Tottenham.

The New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons will face off in London and NFL fans will be treated to a day stacked with American football. The Jets last played in London in 2015, while the Falcons last made the trip across the pond in 2014.

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Best bets

New York Jets to win 11/8

Atlanta Falcons over 29.5 points 2/1

New York Jets over 23.5 points 5/4

(All odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change)

When: October 10, 2021 - 2.30pm (BST)

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

How to watch: NFL Game Pass/Sky Sports NFL

Background: New York Jets vs Atlanta Falcons

New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons

The New York Jets made the trip across the pond following their first win of the season - a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson had the best game of his season so far, throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns

Wilson made a number of impressive throws and really showcased why the Jets selected him as their number two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jets have a very young squad as well as a rookie head coach and so while they may struggle now, they're looking to build for the future.

New head coach Robert Saleh was the defensive coordinator at the San Francisco 49ers so will take pride in their resilient defensive display against the Titats. The defence registered an astounding seven sacks as well as 70 total tackles.

The Atlanta Falcons will make the trip to London after losing in Week Four to the Washington Football Team. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes including three to Cordarrelle Patterson but it wasn't enough as they lost 34-30. Scoring points was not the issue for the Falcons, it was their inability to stop the Football Team's offence.

The Falcons will hope to have more luck in Tottenham than they have at home this season- they are yet to win in Atlanta, and have just one win so far after their late field goal against the New York Giants.

However, with Matt Ryan at the heart of their plays, the Falcons have one of the league's best quarterbacks, and will need every bit of his experience if they are to claim the points in London.

Quarterback matchup: Zach Wilson vs Matt Ryan

Both Zach Wilson and Matt Ryan wear the number two

The first three games of the season did not look good for Zach Wilson. The rookie quarterback threw seven interceptions and two touchdowns as the Jets slipped to 0-3. However, he seemed more comfortable against the Titans last week and was a much-needed leader in that Jets offence.

After showing his range of passing and plays last Sunday, Wilson has a defence able to slow down opposing teams, and the Jets could well find a good balance going forward.

With many not expecting much from the Jets this season, it could be a prime opportunity for Wilson to step up and gain some invaluable experience without too much pressure weighing on his shoulders.

As for the Falcons, former MVP Matt Ryan is yet to get going this season, and seems to be struggling without Julio Jones who was traded to the Tennesse Titans this summer. 

However, with Calvin Ridley looking promising, the Falcons will be hoping that Ryan's 14-year-career experience will help him adjust to a new-look offence.

Through four weeks of the season, Ryan has thrown for 990 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Sunday is a huge chance for both him and the Falcons to make a statement of intent if they are to chase the playoffs this season.

Key men

Corey Davis - New York Jets

In the off-season, Corey Davis joined the New York Jets after the Tennesse Titans declined his fifth-year option. In the first four games of the season, Davis has 257 receiving yards and has three touchdowns. Against the Titans in Week Four, Davis showed his former side what they were missing with 111 receiving yards and one touchdown.

A rookie quarterback tends to need a reliable receiver, and in the early 2021 season Wilson has been able to rely on Davis. The former first-round pick is exactly what the Jets need - an experienced wide-man that can make big plays when the team needs him too.

Quinnen Williams - New York Jets

Quinnen Williams is one of the main stars in the New York Jets defence. Across the first four games of the season Williams has tallied 11 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks. Quinnen and his brother Quincy made history against Tennesse as they became the first pair of brothers with sacks in the same game for the same team.

Cordarrelle Patterson - Atlanta Falcons

Cordarelle Patterson has enjoyed a great start to the season in the Atlanta Falcons offence. Patterson has made 354 yards - the most on the Falcons roster.

His six total touchdowns are also the most on the team. In Week Four against the Washington Football Team, Patterson had three receiving touchdowns, and he is arguably the biggest weapon on the Falcons offence.

Patterson is one of three players in NFL history with a 109-yard touchdown - a feat he achieved as a Minnesota Viking. Perhaps one of the signings of the season, he will be crucial if the Falcons are to turn their season around.

Foyesade Oluokun - Atlanta Falcons

Foyesade Oluokun was drafted by the Falcons with the 200th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his fourth year on the team, Oluokun is leading the team with 43 combined tackles and 23 solo tackles. He has also registered one sack this season during the Week Four game against the Washington Football Team.

He is one of the best young linebackers in the league and was largely helped to settle in the side during his rookie season because of an injury to Deion Jones. Last season Oluokun had three sacks and four forced fumbles, but looks well on track to topping those number this time around.

Previous matchups

Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets

October 29, 2017: Atlanta Falcons 25 New York Jets 20

The last time these two sides met was way back in 2017 and it was the Atlanta Falcons who came out on top, beating the New York Jets 25-20. In a rain-soaked Metlife Stadium, Matt Ryan overcame a slippy ball to take his team to victory, throwing for two touchdowns to end the Falcons' three-game losing streak.

The Jets had struggles of their own looking after the ball and had two bad plays on special teams that ultimately cost them and saw them slip to a 3-5 record.

October 7, 2013: New York Jets 30 Atlanta Falcons 28

In 2013, these two sides met in a Week Four clash and the New York Jets won 30-28. Geno Smith led the Jets on a 56-yard drive to set up a game-winning field goal, and Jets kicker Nick Folk made no mistake from 43 yards out to hand the Jets a win against a struggling Atlanta Falcons.

December 20, 2009: Atlanta Falcons 10 New York Jets 7

In 2009 these two teams met in a low scoring game, won by the Falcons after a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez. The New York Jets' only touchdown came via Mark Sanchez' 65-yard pass to Braylon Edwards.

The Jets led 7-3 for the majority of the game until Matt Ryan threw a six-yard touchdown with just one minute left on the clock. The win for the Falcons saw both teams move to a 7-7 record.

Read more: Winners and losers from Week Four of the NFL season

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