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Which NFL Team Should You Support?

7 February 2016

Super Bowl 50 takes place tonight (11:30pm GMT) and has large swathes of the country talking. Unsociable kick off times and lengthy games some times turn British sports fans away from the NFL, but American football is bigger than ever these days, with more and more fans in Britain tuning in for the Super Bowl and attending the annual matches in London.

So, with that in mind, we thought we would help out Palace fans hoping to get into NFL, by offering up some suggestions of which team to follow.

Philadelphia Eagles

An obvious one for the franchise's name, the Eagles are popular choice for Palace fans already into American football.

But it's not just the name. Philadelphia Eagles fans are regularly ranked among the best in the league, with their "unmatched fervour" in supporting their team on a match day. Win or lose, Eagles fans are known for packing out the stadium and cheering their team on passionately - sound familiar?

One of their fiercest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, are situated a long way from Philadelphia and the Eagles have enjoyed a lot of success over their far-away rivals in recent times. "Zaha... OH YES!"

Seattle Seahawks

Again, the Seahawks are known for their passionate fans, the 12th man, who have twice broken the Guinness World Record for the noisiest crowd support. Their original home stadium, the Kingdome, was known as one of the loudest and most disruptive venues in the NFL. Their new ground, CenturyLink Field, is also considered among the loudest in the sport.

They're a rival of tonight's Super Bowl finalists the Denver Broncos, so if you're liking the sound of the Seahawks you're probably going to be backing the Carolina Panthers tonight!

Buffalo Bills

The Bills play in red and blue, which again makes them a fairly obvious pick for Palace fans, who bleed the two colours.

Green Bay Packers

Palace boss Alan Pardew is a big fan of the Wisconsin based Franchise, given his love of legendary former coach Vince Lombardi. Pardew has been spotted representing the Packers during Palace training sessions, wearing a woolly green hat, as well as a Panthers one.

The Packers' exceptionally loyal fan base are not unlike Palace's. They are considered one of the most popular sides in the NFL having sold out every home game since 1960!

Oakland Raiders

California is among the most diverse states in the US and Oakland is considered to be among America's most racially diverse cities. With south London among Britain's most diverse areas, this one makes sense for all Palace fans proud of their area. 

As Alan Pardew said himself: "South London is populated by a huge array of nationalities - everyone's accepted. There's no kind of barrier here. It's edgy, like some parts of New York."

The San Francisco 49ers also play in California or if you like Super Al's comparison of south London to some parts of New York, maybe the Patriots or the Jets are for you.

New York Jets

NY Jets outside linebacker Trevor Reilly came to a Palace game earlier this season, watching the Eagles see off West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in SE25. If you fancy supporting the man who has named the Eagles as "my team," then look no further than the Jets.

You can read about Trevor's October 2015 visit HERE. Croydon boy Lawrence Okoye also plays for the Jets!

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