It is not a surprise to anyone that the international games in the NFL are going nowhere. To the NFL this is a way to spread the game around the world. What once started with a single London game every year has now turned into at least 1 game 1 third of the schedule being played on foreign ground. The 2019 international teams are as followed:
|Country||Visiting Team||Home Team|
|Mexico||Kansas City Chiefs||Los Angeles Chargers|
|UK||Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|UK||Chicago Bears||Oakland Raiders|
|UK||Cincinnati Bengals||Los Angeles Rams|
|UK||Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars|
For teams like the Jaguars, playing in London might as well just be an automatic on their schedule every year. The following is a direct quote for NFL Communications
“Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium will host a match up between the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams, who finished the 2018 regular season with identical 12-4 records, will be playing in Mexico City for the first time.
The AFC South champion Houston Texans – who face the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars – and the Carolina Panthers – who face their NFC South foes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – will both make their London debuts. It will bring the total number of NFL teams to have played in the UK to 31 in 28 regular-season games by the end of the 2019 season. The Jaguars will be playing a home game in London for the seventh consecutive season.
The Rams, who will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, will host a London game for the fourth time when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Oakland Raiders will return to London for the second straight year, facing the NFC North division champion Chicago Bears.
The NFL will play two games at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, with two at Wembley Stadium.”
I personally don’t mind the International games. When there is a game in London, if just makes a Sunday in the fall a 9am to 11pm day of enjoyment.
Dates and times are TBD.
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