As it became increasingly clear during the week that Jamis Winston would not play for the New Orleans Saints, a cloud cover over London (though it was obscured by the usual clouds hanging over London).
That cloud was the ongoing storm of the Andy Dalton vs Kirk Cousins rematch, something the nation's city thought it was ready in 2016. When Dalton and cousins were starting afresh.
For the Bengals and Washington respectively, the October 30 showdown ended in a 27-27 contest, which was highlighted by some laugh-out football down the stretch.
The game saw 98 passing plays between the two teams, a total of 961 yards, and somehow just three total turnovers.
It was a barn, and Dalton and cousins – especially cousins – mostly delivered. Of course, Washington had a chance to win late. But kicker Dustin Hopkins dropped a 34-yard field goal.
Cousins especially put on some completely crazy numbers with 458 passing yards on 38-56 passing. Dalton, for his part, was 27 of 42 for 284 yards.
Now, is that what we should expect again? Maybe not. Saints have adopted a grounded approach in recent years, and it is hard to imagine that Dalton's presence would change that.
Highlighting the crimes in 2016, A.J. Green on the Bengals and Jamieson Crowder for Washington. This showdown (Crowder, Jordan Reed, and Vernon Davis) had three receivers of washington's more than 90 yards.
The strongholds seemed completely unfit for most of the game, but they closed in overtime. Keep in mind, this was a 15-minute overtime time, which now took significantly longer than the 10-minute period.
If both of these histories are cursed to repeat, expect the score to appear very different (something like 10-10 instead of 27-27). The Saints have played an ugly brand of football this year, and they are coercive.
The Vikings have also had their ups and downs. If nothing else, Chris Olev and Justin Jefferson should have a fun showdown as both teams try to figure out how to cover them.