With Colts-Jaguars, NFL sends more bad football to London

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If the NFL wants to get more popular in England, perhaps it should stop scheduling such bad games there.

With the 1-2 Colts facing the 0-3 Jaguars on Sunday, the NFL will be fielding its 15th regular season game in London. And not a single one of them has matched up two teams with winning records. Six of them have matched up two teams with losing records.

Here’s the full list of regular season games in London, 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)

No undefeated team has ever played in London, but on Sunday the Jaguars will become the sixth winless team to play in London.

A big problem facing the NFL is that good teams don’t want to give up home games to play in London. In fact, last year the Chiefs became the first team to give up a home game to London and still finish the season with a winning record. As long as second-tier teams are going to London, the NFL is going to have a hard time getting London fans excited.

With the 2-1 Giants playing the 2-1 Rams in London later this month, it’s possible that London fans will finally see something they haven’t seen yet: A game featuring two winning teams.

32 responses to “With Colts-Jaguars, NFL sends more bad football to London

  1. I wish they would keep all the games in the US.

    Let these other countries have their own leagues and leave the US NFL alone. It makes the home fans suffer and they are the ones that supported this all along.

    It’s also not really fair to the teams to travel that far.

  2. Just another example of this loser commissioner adding to his lies making one bad business decision after another. Not only does London get to pay premium prices for bad football; this is the same guy who wants you to watch really bad football on Thursday night, and merely relatively bad Football on Monday’s. Now there are ever more reasons NOT to watch the NFL on 2 of the 3 days of the week its on.

    Here’s another great idea, take football away from a great blue collar sports town like Oakland to send it to Las Vegas, where it will never have a home field advantage, and besides you can burden the local tax payers and tourists with ANOTHER $750MM in welfare for the wealthy.

    This guy does something embarrassing every week.

  3. Some of these games turned out really good; some not so good

    Hopefully the Jags win a close one this weekend

  4. fun fact. Giants were the only Super Bowl champ that London has ever seen (in the year they traveled).

  5. Both HC’s should be a little nervous too – Raiders fired Dennis Allen right after the London game, and it’s not the only time that’s happened.
    I just can’t believe fans over there buy tickets to crappy football. If Bournemouth played Watford in the US (both are Premier League teams – widely considered the best league on the planet), the stadium would be mostly empty. But put Manchester United against Chelsea and it would sell out over here. Fans here seem to care more about winning.

  6. In the NFL’s defense, no one knows what the records of teams will be going into the season. Both teams were expected to have marked improvement considering their offseasons and all of the experts chimed in and agreed. Is it just the records or are the teams playing terrible football? For entertainment value it’s great, but I doubt many of the locals care who wins the AFC South. Besides, they watch 4 hour matches where the final score is 1-0. Not much difference between that and a 7-0 game.

  7. I’m a Londoner and I love having these games – this year I’m going to see my Bengals for only the second time when they play in London. It makes sense that bad teams play their home games here. Hate that the games are often one-sided or feature two terrible teams, but it’s still such a gift to have NFL games on these shores that I can’t complain

  8. Nfl is about done, this game will lose ratings war to re-runs of three stooges episodes shown every sunday morning

  9. Good. I wouldn’t send them any NFL teams in the first place.
    The National Football League is sticking it to the people who have supported these teams in America for many years by taking a home game away from them and playing it in Europe. It’s ridiculous, and it’s another reason why long time NFL fans are starting to turn their backs on the league.
    The tv ratings are down and the NFL has to be worried. But will they wake up and stop letting Goodell ruin the league? No.

  10. ‘Only 8 of 30 teams (playing UK) had winning records. Not a way to build a fan base.’

    The nfl fanbase in the UK is growing pretty steadily, it’s still more of a niche sport over here but it’s now pretty common to see people around sporting caps and jerseys and the like of their teams etc. The games played here have generally not been great but they sell out very quickly every time to fans of all teams, regardless of who’s playing. There’s definitely a growing fanbase in the UK

  11. Just another example of this loser commissioner adding to his lies making one bad business decision after another. Not only does London get to pay premium prices for bad football; this is the same guy who wants you to watch really bad football on Thursday night, and merely relatively bad Football on Monday’s. Now there are ever more reasons NOT to watch the NFL on 2 of the 3 days of the week its on.

    Here’s another great idea, take football away from a great blue collar sports town like Oakland to send it to Las Vegas, where it will never have a home field advantage, and besides you can burden the local tax payers and tourists with ANOTHER $750MM in welfare for the wealthy.

    This guy does something embarrassing every week.

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    And yet people continue to watch the games, buy tickets, and buy merchandise. You want change? Stop going to the games. Find something else to do on Sundays. The NFL will right itself if you hit it in the wallet.

  12. It’s called the National Football League. The Nation is the USA. If I remember correctly, we kicked Englands ass for the right to be a Nation. Let them have soccer, crumpets, and blood pudding. We’ll keep Football and beer thank you very much.

  13. Are the home teams listed second, as usual? If so, it’s kinda bs that the Jags are now making their third appearance in London and each one has been a “home” game. Meanwhile, the Patriots have been there twice and both have counted as away games.

  14. bkostela says:
    Sep 30, 2016 9:21 AM
    Are the home teams listed second, as usual? If so, it’s kinda bs that the Jags are now making their third appearance in London and each one has been a “home” game. Meanwhile, the Patriots have been there twice and both have counted as away games.
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    Ok I just looked it up and the home teams are on the right. I missed one game so the Jags are 4/4 with London “home” games. Pats and Lions both had multiple “away” games with no home games taken from them.

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