Christian Wade scores 65-yard touchdown for Buffalo Bills in NFL pre-season game

9 Aug

With his first touch of the ball in his first ever American football game, Christian Wade scored a 65-yard touchdown.

The former Wasps and England rugby union man’s score helped the Buffalo Bills record a 24-16 pre-season win over the Indianapolis Colts.

After the game, he said: “I don’t even know the score! First win, at home, I’m so happy right now and appreciate all the support so far. Let’s get this season started!”

Reflecting on his touchdown, the running back said: “I knew where I was going even before the ball came because they overloaded one side then as soon as I got the ball I was off to the races.

“I was looking up at the screen to see if any of the linebackers or anyone was coming up behind me.”

Wade, who switched sports last year, to pursue a career in the NFL, was later presented with the match ball by Bills head coach Sean McDermott and the social media team joked their Twitter handle would be a ‘Christian Wade fan account’.

“I have greater appreciation for what he’s trying to accomplish here, and the attitude hasn’t change,” McDermott said. “I mentioned this earlier in the process with his attitude, his energy, his smile. He has great joy and I think that’s infectious. I think it affects our team, and I think it’s for the better.”

Bills quarterback Josh Allen said: “Huge congratulations to Christian Wade.

“Watching him score that touchdown was one of the coolest experiences of my football career and I wasn’t even on the field.”

The Bills’ regular season begins on 8 September against the New York Jets.

Wade scored 82 tries during his rugby union career, but was released by Wasps to chase his NFL dream in 2018
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NFL Super Computer predicts every division ahead of the new season

5 Sep

The new NFL season is set to start with the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to retain the Super Bowl following their stunning triumph in February.

But they’re not going to have it their own way with the New England Patriots, still led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, gunning for revenge having lost the showpiece in Minneapolis.

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There will be others out to win the Vince Lombardi trophy with the Los Angeles Rams fancied among bookmakers, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who you can hear live on talkSPORT 2 every week as part of our NFL coverage, are also in with a chance thanks to their stunning defense.

But how will the eight divisions of the NFL look at the end of the regular season?

We got talkSPORT’s world famous Super Computer on the case and it’s given us the standings below.

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