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Jarvis Landry says quick start can help Dolphins keep UK fans on side

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After touching down in London, England this morning, the Miami Dolphins were straight out onto the practice field this afternoon - a scheduling decision that echoes the team's plans from a year ago when they played the Raiders at Wembley.

Indeed, there are a lot of similarities between the South Florida franchise's consecutive trips to the UK. They are using the same facilities, staying at the same hotel, and again arrive on foreign soil with a 1-2 record.

On side

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry though, speaking to GiveMeSport after the Dolphins' Friday practice, is hoping Miami can change one thing compared to their 2014 experience. After noticing some fans last year were keen to support the team with the ball, he says Miami has a plan to keep the UK fans on their side throughout the game this time around.


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"I can recall from last year, when we were winning fans were on our side. When we were losing, fans were on the other team's side," explained Landry with a wry smile.

"I think for us we're going to try and jump out early [on Sunday] and get everybody on our side and hopefully use the crowd to our advantage."

The Dolphins racked up the longest of road wins last year, when they convincingly beat the Raiders at Wembley in what was technicaly a home game for Oakland.

Home away from home

Things are different this time around, though, with Sunday's game not only a home fixture for Miami, but a divisional home game.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, speaking at Friday's press conference, said he hopes to see the majority of UK fans backing the 'Fins.

"I think it'll feel a little different inside [Wembley] just because last year I came out the tunnel and everyone is holding Oakland Raiders signs.

"I was like 'What the...there's so many Oakland fans here.' Of course, they weren't Oakland fans, they just got passed out the signs. So, hopefully, this year they'll all be Dolphins."

Both player's comments reveal that while the NFL is undoubtedly growing in the UK, British fans haven't quite pinned down their allegiances yet.

But, with Sunday's game the first taste of a divisional rivalry on these shores, the passion out on the gridiron may just help sway a few undecided fans. Landry, Tannehill and co. will be hoping it is in the direction of Miami.

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