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Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford reacts with school children as he takes part in a NFL organised coaching session for some London schoolchildren in Regents Park.
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NFL: Rams raring to go for Wembley encounter
St Louis face the New England Patriots in London this weekend.

ST LOUIS RAMS coach Jeff Fisher hopes their early arrival in London will give them the edge over New England in Sunday’s NFL clash at Wembley.

The Rams arrived in England on Tuesday morning to prepare for the big test against the Patriots, who top the AFC East division with a 4-3 record.

The Rams, meanwhile, are bottom of the NFC West, although their 3-4 ledger is better than that position suggests. Fisher, whose Rams will be making their debut at Wembley, said the team would benefit from their early arrival.

“We talked to other clubs,” Fisher said yesterday. ”I’ve been over here several times in the pre-season in the American Bowls and we just felt that the fact that Mr (Stan) Kroenke (Rams owner) has a facility here, we felt that it would probably be best to come over early to put the travel behind us and the time difference behind us and get settled.

“I just moments ago got off the practice field and I’m very pleased and proud with the way the guys have responded to the time change. They brought a lot of energy to the field — we had a great practice.”

Fisher is aware his troops will come under heavy fire from the Patriots’ up-tempo offense, which will be led by star quarterback Tom Brady.

“They do a great job, it’s obvious. Everybody is on the same page,” he said. ”Even the new pace they’re playing with – when you have 75 more rushing attempts than the league average, you’re playing at a high pace and that’s what they’re doing.

“He (Brady) does such a great job. It’s so quick and obviously their terminology allows them to get up there and go. He sees things and he puts himself in the best possible position and then there’s so much that’s done after the snap too with the guys outside.

“He makes great decisions. He’s usually always right with the decision he makes. He has tremendous arm strength, vision, he’s accurate.

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“I don’t know what else you can say about him. He’s just very, very difficult to defend.”

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said Danny Amendola was recovering well after suffering a serious shoulder injury three weeks ago.

“Anytime you get Danny out there, even if it’s just a little, just the guys seeing him out there today and knowing that he is close to coming back gave everyone a little bit of a spark,” he said.

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