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Comparing Every Premier League Team to an NFL Team

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2013

Comparing Every Premier League Team to an NFL Team

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    The 49ers and jaguars played at Wembley Stadium in London in October.
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    The English Premier League and National Football League are arguably two of the most popular leagues in the world. 

    The two leagues have begun to crossover into each other as the NFL is expanding to three games in London for the 2014 season, while the EPL grows in popularity in America with each season due to massive television exposure. 

    Since the two leagues are crossing over now so much more than ever before, it is worth comparing each of the 20 EPL franchises to one in the NFL.

    Here is what the finished product looked like as we compared each EPL team to an NFL one. 

Arsenal: Denver Broncos

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    Having a field general that can power an electric offense is something that both the Denver Broncos and Arsenal have in common. 

    Denver's Peyton Manning has torn apart opposing defense after opposing defense this season while Mesut Ozil has done the same for the first-place Gunners. 

    Manning has a plethora of receivers to dispense passes to led by Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, while Ozil has Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to dish to. 

    By the time the season ends in both sports, these two teams could very well be crowned champions because of Manning and Ozil. 

Aston Villa: Atlanta Falcons

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    Injuries to key players have hurt Aston Villa this season as they currently have eight players on the injury list, per PhysioRoom.com. 

    The Atlanta Falcons have suffered the same fate with Roddy White and Julio Jones out for a prolonged period of time. 

    Those injuries have hurt both sides as the Villains are in 14th place in the EPL, while the Falcons are 2-6 and four games behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

    If both teams can get healthy, they could see their respective seasons turn around, but for now, they are just two injury-ridden sides looking to catch a break. 

Cardiff City: Indianapolis Colts

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    In an alternate universe somewhere, Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay are best friends. 

    After Tan bought the majority share of Cardiff City, he decided to re-brand the club in a controversial manner by editing the color scheme and crest of the Welsh club. 

    Irsay is the son of Robert Irsay, who offended an entire city by packing up the Baltimore Colts and moving them to Indianapolis. 

    The younger Irsay is also a master tweeter that made headlines before his team's clash with the Denver Broncos in Week 7 because of his social media exploits. 

     

Chelsea: New York Jets

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    Before you freak out and scream at me for comparing Chelsea and New York Jets, think about it for a second. 

    While their success rates have not been similar to each other, both teams do have media-friendly coaches that have been in the middle of controversial lineup decisions all season long. 

    Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea this summer, and he has turned Juan Mata and David Luiz into expensive bench warmers as the two have both started just five of the Blues' 10 EPL games. 

    Rex Ryan was a daily fixture on SportsCenter this summer because of the quarterback controversy involving Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez.

    Based on their results so far, both men in charge have made the right decisions given the placement of their teams in the standings. 

Crystal Palace: Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Crystal Palace and the Jacksonville Jaguars are both at the bottom of their respective sports.

    Palace sit in 20th place in the EPL and have already sacked manager Ian Holloway. 

    The Jags are 0-8 and have no signs of going up with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne working under center. 

    Both teams also like to concede at will with Palace having a minus-15 goal differential and the Jaguars containing a net point total of minus-178. 

    The total held by Palace is tied for worst in the league with Sunderland while the Jaguars share their futility with no one. 

Everton: Green Bay Packers

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    Neither Everton or the Green Bay Packers do things in a flashy, eye-catching way, but they still get the job done. 

    Everton has been one of the most consistent teams in England over the last decade, and with Roberto Martinez now in charge, that has not changed a bit. 

    The Packers are usually always in the postseason discussion as they have made the playoffs in five out of the last six seasons.

    Such consistency is also shown at Goodison Park as the Toffees have finished in the top eight for seven consecutive campaigns. 

Fulham: Buffalo Bills

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    Just because Fulham owner Shad Khan owns the Jaguars doesn't mean his two teams should be compared to one another. 

    Thinking outside of the box here, the Cottagers are likened to the Buffalo Bills. 

    Both teams are based near major bodies of water with Fulham's Craven Cottage near the Thames River in London while the city of Buffalo is located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie. 

    Fulham and the Bills also have had some injury issues at key positions as Cottagers keeper Maarten Stekelenburg missed almost two months of action after getting hurt in the team's season opener while the Bills have had a myriad of quarterback health issues with rookie Jeff Tuel currently at the helm of the offense. 

Hull City: Cleveland Browns

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    Unfortunately, there are no teams named the Tigers in the NFL because that would've been an easy comparison to make with Hull City. 

    The good news for Hull is that they match up well with the Cleveland Browns. 

    The two teams have both exceeded expectations with minimal amounts of talent this season.

    Hull has 14 points from their first 10 matches and currently sit in 10th place in the EPL table while the Browns have a 4-5 record despite not knowing who their starting quarterback is on a daily basis. 

    The Browns also brought their talent level down a bit to mirror Hull City when they shipped running back Trent Richardson to the Colts earlier in the season. 

    Now, if only Hull fans could dress up in costume like the Dawg Pound. 

Liverpool: Philadelphia Eagles

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    Hiring innovative, young head coaches to attempt to bring their team back to glory is a route that has been chosen by both Liverpool and the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Liverpool hired manager Brendan Rodgers away from Swansea before the 2012-13 season, and he has begun to see results of his new-look Liverpool side in his second season.

    The Eagles brought in Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon in an attempt to revolutionize the way offense is played and to bring the franchise back to its glory days. 

    While their championship count may differ by a large margin, both sides have not won in quite some time and have passionate fanbases that are very happy campers when their teams are winning. 

Manchester City: Seattle Seahawks

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    The Etihad Stadium and CenturyLink Field are polar opposites when it comes to venues, but they do draw the same results for their hosts. 

    Manchester City are a perfect 5-for-5 at Eastlands this season while the Seattle Seahawks, powered by the 12th man, are 4-0 at home in 2013. 

    While both home fortresses yield the same results, I cannot see the voices of City fans breaking the decibel level precedent set by the fans in the Pacific Northwest anytime soon. 

Manchester United: New York Giants

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    Manchester United and the New York Giants both have storied pasts that have left their fans celebrating on numerous occasions.

    However, this season on the red half of Manchester and the blue half of New York, fans have been dealt a dose of misery.

    In the first year of the David Moyes era, United has gotten off to a slow start and sit in eighth place after 10 matches. 

    The Giants have been equally as dreadful, and then some, by going 2-6 to open their season before running into a much-needed bye week in Week 9. 

    There is plenty of hope that both sides will turn things around during the remainder of the season and maybe, just maybe, another title could be in the near future of one or both sides. 

Newcastle United: Oakland Raiders

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    What is black, silver and white all over and has a history of troublesome ownership? 

    That answer would be a combination of the Oakland Raiders and Newcastle United. 

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is the EPL equivalent of former Raiders owner Al Davis, and if we were to combine the brains of both men, it would run a franchise into the ground faster than Usain Bolt can run a 100-meter dash. 

    With Al's son, Mark, now in charge, the Raiders seem to making some normal, common-sense decisions on their way to a 3-5 record.

    However, Ashley is still stuck in his own little world while Newcastle sit in ninth place in the EPL.

    It is also worth noting that both teams have insane, out-of-the-ordinary fanbases as well. 

Norwich City: St. Louis Rams

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    The seasons of Norwich City and the St. Louis Rams may not be the most successful ones, but at least they look colorful doing so. 

    Norwich, clad in green and yellow on a regular basis, were beaten to a pulp on Saturday against Manchester City and are mired in the bottom three. 

    The Rams, who wore their throwback blue and yellow uniforms on Sunday, have plenty of flashy offensive weapons, but they lack a stellar quarterback, whether it has been Sam Bradford or Kellen Clemens. 

    Both teams are destined to fail this season, but at least they will stand out in the process. 

Southampton: Kansas City Chiefs

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    What don't the Kansas City Chiefs have in common with Southampton? 

    The Chiefs have a standout defense and have gotten off to a hot new start under a new head coach, just like the Saints have in 2013. 

    Kansas City's stingy defense under first-year head coach Andy Reid has given up a league-low 111 points in nine games.

    Southampton's back four have allowed an EPL-low four goals in Mauricio Pochettino's first full season in charge. 

    Up to this point in their respective seasons, the two teams have a combined 14 wins and one loss, which came on August 31 as Southampton fell to Norwich. 

Stoke City: Baltimore Ravens

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    Much like Stoke City, the Baltimore Ravens are not a fun team to watch this season. 

    With the departure of personalities like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, watching the Joe Flacco-led Ravens has felt like watching a game involving the Potters. 

    The Potters have long been mocked about their drab style of play that really has not improved much under Mark Hughes. 

    The Ravens, with the overrated Flacco at the helm, get the job done, but they do so in an ugly manner that no one wants to watch for three hours. 

Sunderland: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Other than a MRSA outbreak and a managerial change, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Sunderland have shared the same fate this season. 

    The Bucs have a head coach that drove his starting quarterback out of town in Greg Schiano, who would probably become best friends with former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio if the two ever met. 

    The ever-controversial Di Canio was sacked earlier this season and the calmer Gus Poyet was handed the reins to the club's relegation campaign. 

    If there was relegation in the NFL, the Bucs would certainly be a top contender, while Sunderland are a prime candidate to finally fall back into the Championship. 

Swansea City: Detroit Lions

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    Swansea City has plenty of flashy Spanish attacking options, but they have just 11 points from their first 10 matches. 

    While nowhere close to being from the Iberian peninsula, the offensive talents on the Detroit Lions roster are very appealing to the eye as well. 

    Despite having Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush in their lineup, the Lions are just 5-3 and are in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North. 

    Both teams have the personnel to thrive in their respective leagues, but they have left their fans wanting more on most occasions in recent memory. 

Tottenham Hotspur: Cincinnati Bengals

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    After amassing a ton of talent once Gareth Bale left for Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur were the sexy pick to contend for the EPL title. 

    The Cincinnati Bengals were said sexy pick in the NFL preseason with many experts picking them to advance to the Super Bowl. 

    Both Spurs and the Bengals have been fairly successful this season, but they have not delivered the "wow" factor that they were supposed to hand fans. 

    Since the two sides still have a chance to impress their growing amount of critics, the jury is still out on them until they continue to fail when it matters during the stretch run, which was done on both sides of the pond last season. 

West Bromwich Albion: Tennessee Titans

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    When you talk about average, run-of-the-mill teams that are good for an upset or two each season, the Tennessee Titans and West Bromwich Albion come to mind. 

    The Titans have been mired in mediocrity for years, just like their English counterparts. 

    West Brom do have a few nice pieces in their squad like Morgan Amalfitano and Youssouf Mulumbu, but they have no real game changers. 

    Besides Chris Johnson, who is hit or miss at this time in his career, Tennessee does not have anybody on their roster that pops out at you when you glance over it either. 

West Ham United: Arizona Cardinals

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    Another pair of teams that are good for a handful of impressive showings per season are West Ham United and the Arizona Cardinals. 

    Just like the Cardinals have with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the Hammers possess some offensive weapons that can deliver a show when they need to in Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Nolan and Matthew Jarvis. 

    The two teams are also not the most successful sides in their own markets as the Diamondbacks have been better in the long term than the Cardinals in Arizona, while West Ham are constantly overshadowed by the trio of powerhouse London clubs, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea. 

     

     

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