Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Zach Fulton was all smiles after his side beat the Detroit Lions 45-10 at Wembley today, making it two wins from the past two games after victory against the Steelers last week put an end to five successive defeats in the NFL for the franchise.
In an impressive performance, the Chiefs even had to time to rotate through their second string towards the end of the match as they faced a Lions team in the midst of turmoil after they fired their offensive coaches in the week.
It could get worse before it gets better for the Lions fans as Head Coach Jim Caldwell will find the temperature on his hot seat has been turned up another notch as his side turned in an insipid display at Wembley, as they moved towards a 1-7 record going into their bye week.
However, Fulton was quick to dismiss the game as easy as the Chiefs moved to a 3-5 record.
“Things just went our way a little bit more,” said the 24-year-old. “They’re definitely no easy games in the NFL but its great having that momentum going into the bye week – it’s something we can take advantage of.”
For Fulton, getting the victory was part of what he is employed to do, no matter how personal the match is.
“I was born in Detroit and there for the first two years of my life, so I don’t really know too much about the city but a win’s a win.”
The Chiefs arrived in London on Friday morning, just under 60 hours before kick-off and in the short time Fulton was in England, the 2014 sixth-round draft pick saw enough to know he wants more.
“It was my first time out of the country so it was a pretty good experience for me,” he said. “I got to experience some European food and culture and stuff like that.
“I did not have a passport before I came here but the team gave me a passport so it was great – they took some nice pictures. There’s one stamp in there now and I hope to get some more in there; it’s definitely something I want to do further on [in my life].”
Did the 147kg, 6’3” Fulton have any advice for players set to visit London in the future?
“Well the NFL has been coming here for a while now so a lot of people know what it’s all about,” he said.
“There have not been too many differences honestly, the food’s a little bit different but the architecture and the buildings are a little bit nicer, but not a whole bunch of different – it’s pretty nice overall.
“I didn’t do too much travelling, I was still recovering. I was just in the hotel but some guys went out and went around.
“I am just glad we got the win – we came here to handle business and that’s what we did. Just coming here in general is something I will take with me, it was a great experience and I will come back eventually.”
The Chiefs now have a week off, on a bye, giving them an extra seven days of recovery and research ahead of their next opponents – Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
“To beat them we just need to prepare for them,” he said. “We will prepare for them like any other team and the extra week we have means we will get some extra film time.
“We can achieve as much as we want. We can win as many games as we want and I think we do want to so that’s what we want to do for the rest of the season.”
Today was a designated home game for the Chiefs, despite being played in the capital of the UK, but Fulton acknowledged that Chiefs Kingdom presence was felt over 4,300 miles away from the Arrowhead Stadium.
“It definitely felt like a home game,” said Fulton. “You saw in the stadium all the flags going around – we didn’t expect that but I this is supposed to be a home game for us so that was pretty nice.
“It was a pretty cool experience.”