London games have never matched two teams with winning records

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The NFL is back in London on Sunday, and once again it’s for something less than a marquee game.

This week it’s the 2-0 Ravens against the 1-1 Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, and that means that there has still never been a game in London matching up two teams that had winning records at the time they played.

Ravens-Jaguars is the NFL’s 18th regular-season game in London. Here’s the full list, with the teams’ records heading into the game:

2007: Giants (5-2) vs. Dolphins (0-7)
2008: Chargers (3-4) vs. Saints (3-4)
2009: Patriots (4-2) vs. Buccaneers (0-6)
2010: Broncos (2-5) vs. 49ers (1-6)
2011: Bears (3-3) vs. Buccaneers (4-2)
2012: Patriots (4-3) vs. Rams (3-4)
2013: Steelers (0-3) vs. Vikings (0-3)
2013: 49ers (5-2) vs. Jaguars (0-7)
2014: Dolphins (1-2) vs. Raiders (0-3)
2014: Lions (5-2) vs. Falcons (2-5)
2014: Cowboys (6-3) vs. Jaguars (1-8)
2015: Jets (2-1) vs. Dolphins (1-2)
2015: Bills (3-3) vs. Jaguars (1-5)
2015: Lions (1-6) vs. Chiefs (2-5)
2016: Colts (1-2) vs. Jaguars (0-3)
2016: Giants (3-3) vs. Rams (3-3)
2016: Washington (4-3) vs. Bengals (3-4)
2017: Jaguars (1-1) vs. Ravens (2-0)

Next week the streak will run to 19, with the Saints playing the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium. The Saints are 0-2, so they’re guaranteed to have a losing record when they play in London. Two more London games are scheduled for later this year, with the Cardinals playing the Rams and the Vikings playing the Browns. Those games are unlikely to match two teams with winning records, so if London fans want to see two winning teams, they’ll have to wait until 2018. Or later.

38 responses to “London games have never matched two teams with winning records

  1. I wonder if the NFL schedules it that way on purpose… They probably sell more tickets to a Jaguars-Ravens game in London than they would in Jacksonville. But they would prefer to keep the bigger matchups inside the U.S.

  2. I am very proud of the fact that my team (Eagles) is the only team in the NFL that has not gone to London yet. I hope that continues.

  3. The London game is a waste. That’s why I feel for the diehard jags fans. I pay my season ticket renewal, and yet I really only have 7 home games?! Screw that! I’ll pay another 2-3 thousand per person for the international game.

    Do something cool like Cleveland and Detroit in the horseshoe, or the eagles steelers in happy valley. Just saving. If the NFL loves money, seating 100,000 for the keystone state game would be good revenue.

  4. James Daugherty says:

    September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I am very proud of the fact that my team (Eagles) is the only team in the NFL that has not gone to London yet. I hope that continues.
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    You may want to re-read that list…

  5. after 17 season there will be 6 teams that haven’t made the trip:

    Texans
    Titans
    Panthers
    Packers
    Eagles
    Seahawks

  6. I think Bengals-Browns at OSU and Steelers-Eagles at PSU would be an awesome Sunday doubleheader some Sunday….

  7. It’s because a team has to agree or volunteer to go play a home game in London, and none of the best winning teams in good markets will ever agree to do that. So almost every time we are guaranteed at least one team who is rebuilding, or a franchise who flounders in irrelevance, etc.

    They can get a good team to go as the designated road team, but they aren’t getting one to forfeit a home game.

  8. nwsuccess says:

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    You may want to re-read that list…

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    As Might you (try a Ctrl+F) and type “Eagles” in there as well if that would help.

  9. James Daugherty says:
    September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    I am very proud of the fact that my team (Eagles) is the only team in the NFL that has not gone to London yet. I hope that continues.

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    That’s wrong. The following teams haven’t played there:

    Browns
    Cardinals
    Eagles
    Packers
    Panthers
    Seahawks
    Texans
    Titans

    … but even if it was right, why is that something to be proud of exactly?

  10. Kind of crazy, the Lions and Chiefs have two of the best records in the NFL since that game.

    KC is tops in the NFL from that time at 24-3
    Lions are 6th or 7th overall at 17-10.

    New England is 20-7
    Packers are 15-12
    Seahawks are 18-8-1

    Crazy to think the Chiefs have a better record than New England and the Lions better than the Packers in that time.

  11. hoit624 – he wasn’t saying the Eagles are listed. He’s saying that several teams other than the Eagles have also not gone.

    Comprehension isn’t difficult. Give it a try sometime, especially if you wanna act like a know it all.

  12. hoit624 says:
    September 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm
    nwsuccess says:
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    You may want to re-read that list…
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    As Might you (try a Ctrl+F) and type “Eagles” in there as well if that would help.

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    His point is it’s not the only team.

  13. Kind of a meaningless observation if you ask me. Two teams with winning records does not guarantee a good game. If you’re a Cleveland Browns season ticket holder, you’ve probably gone years without both teams having a winning record. Sorry Browns fans.

  14. James Daugherty says:
    September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    I am very proud of the fact that my team (Eagles) is the only team in the NFL that has not gone to London yet. I hope that continues.
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    The Eagles have actually gone to London, playing two “American Bowl” exhibition games at Wembley, in 1989 and 1991, and played in Tokyo 1993, they just haven’t had to play there during the regular season. Many NFL teams have played “American Bowl” games, which ran from 1986 to 2005, being replaced with the International Series in 2007.

  15. If there were 2 teams with winning records, they are most likely pretty good teams. Pretty good teams sell their games out most of the time, if not all of the time. Teams that sell out their home games aren’t going to give up home games to play in London. The result: the chance of 2 teams with winning records playing in London is extremely small.

  16. thegreatgabbert says:
    September 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    How to successfully market your product abroad…… send the worst samples you have for the audience to try out.
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    The 2007 Giants won the Super Bowl the same year they played Wembley. They later said it turned out to be good prep for SB week – all the extra planning, more team-time together and dealing with all the international media.

  17. ripwarrior says:
    September 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    I would not want to go to London right now. Too dangerous.
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    Yea because it’s so safe here in the US right now.

  18. And the NFL’s team the gb packers have never had to go to London to play.And packers already told the league they will never give up a home game for that. Must be nice to be able to tell the league what they are going to do.

  19. Packers haven’t played in London yet, because the NFL doesn’t want to subject the Brits to any Packer fans that might make the trip across the pond. That would certainly kill any chance of the NFL growing overseas.

  20. Why are you all so anti-international games? They help spread an American sport and American culture, they love it. The teams that go there make more money. So you loose a home game, OMG..wow…the world will end..come on get over it.

  21. With Chargers stuck in a minor league venue for a couple of years yes, multiple games in London for them to hide attendance-related problems in their home location, somewhat similar to Jaguar’s dilemma?

  22. Thanks to “who cares about winning” Stan Kroenke, the Rams are the perpetual HOME TEAM for their London games. Yet again this year they’ve sacrificed a home game for the London gig. Again and again the Rams have 7 Home games and 9 Away games. Gee, thanks, Stan.
    Sincerely, Rams fans. And we all hate you, by the way.

  23. nsm70 says:
    September 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Why are you all so anti-international games? They help spread an American sport and American culture, they love it.
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    Because it’s pointless. There aren’t enough home games to be able to give one up.

  24. why don’t they do what the major soccer teams in Europe do, and go during the pre-season. the soccer teams draw bigger crowds for their meaningless warm up games in the US than they do at home. send London and Manchester and Timbuktu all the pre-season games that they can handle, and leave the regular season in the stadiums of the cities whose name they represent

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