LONDON - With a win firmly in hand, Brandon Marshall let the media in on a little secret.
"We weren't going to say this before the game, but after that first day, man . . . I've never felt anything like that," the Jets receiver said, referring to the team's red-eye flight from Newark, New Jersey, on Thursday to Heathrow Airport. "That was tough. And I was kind of grumpy a little bit because I'm like, man, why do we have to travel over here?"
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But the seven-hour flight to London -- and the lack of sleep that followed for some players -- had little effect on the Jets, who dominated the Miami Dolphins, 27-14, at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the NFL's first International Series game of the 2015 season.
"In a perfect world," Calvin Pace would have preferred to leave New Jersey on Wednesday. "The first day, we were pretty much up for 24 hours," he said of the Jets attending morning meetings and practicing shortly after arriving in London between 5 and 6 a.m. local time on Friday. "And as soon as we got here, we hit the practice field."
But while Pace might have preferred a slightly different schedule, he said: "But it worked."
No detail was too small for the Jets, who were determined to make players feel at home as quickly as possible across the pond. One of the more interesting items they shipped to the United Kingdom was cushiony American toilet paper, which they considered an upgrade over the thin toilet tissue in London. The Jets also brought a sleep therapist to their facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, to talk to players about the importance of being rested before the big game.
"Did it help? I don't know," Pace said, smiling. "You know what? We'll give him the credit since we won . . . If it helps, it helps. If it doesn't, it doesn't. But it's always helpful to have that type of information to know what we're facing and just try to help us perform at our best."
Breno Giacomini threw his full support behind the Jets' decision to ship their own toilet paper. "It was good," the right tackle said. "I used probably two rolls. Hey, man. Quick metabolism. Every little detail, man. It's all about the details."
Despite the fatigue they may have been feeling throughout their stay, the Jets all agreed that playing at Wembley Stadium was a real treat.
"The atmosphere was cool," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "It was a lot of fun. Just entering Wembley at the beginning of the introductions and seeing the crowd. It's an enormous stadium, and it was a cool moment for us.''
"Despite [not] getting rest, London's been awesome," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "Got to tour the city a little bit and sightsee. So it's a lovely city. It was a great time."
Said Marshall, "When we got out there today, it was a different feeling and the crowd was into it . . . The crowd was rowdy, they were loud. It was actually a fun environment. It was one of the best games I've ever played in. So I was surprised by that. I thought it was going to be just a quiet game, a lot of people eating popcorn and, maybe, drinking brew. But it wasn't that.''
Marshall noted several things British fans need to be mindful of the next time they watch an NFL game.
"There's two things they need to work on: One, when the home team is having a big third down, they can't yell. And also, when there's a review replay -- the home team, you can't show that, you know? Because it can go against the home team. So if they can get that right, this would be a great game."