24 London games in 12 seasons, and still no matchups of two winning teams

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The NFL has been playing regular-season games in London for 12 seasons, and Sunday’s Eagles-Jaguars game will be the 24th game in the series. And the league has still never matched up two teams with winning records.

The Eagles and Jaguars are both 3-4, and their game will be the eighth time that both teams playing in London have losing records going into the game. There has never been a single game in London in which both teams have winning records going into the game.

It’s not that the NFL isn’t trying to book good games in London. The Eagles, after all, are the defending Super Bowl champions, and the Jaguars were in the AFC Championship Game last season. At the time the schedule came out, Eagles-Jaguars looked like a great game. It just hasn’t turned out that way.

Ticket sales seem to be going well in London, so the NFL probably isn’t too concerned. But it would be nice if, some day, the NFL fans in London could see a game between two good teams. So far, they haven’t.

Here are the 24 London games so far, 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)
2017: Saints (1-2) vs. Dolphins (1-1)
2017: Cardinals (3-3) vs. Rams (4-2)
2017: Vikings (5-2) vs. Browns (0-7)
2018: Seahawks (2-3) vs. Raiders (1-4)
2018: Titans (3-3) vs. Chargers (4-2)
2018: Jaguars (3-4) vs. Eagles (3-4)

28 responses to “24 London games in 12 seasons, and still no matchups of two winning teams

  1. Just setting the expectations because a permanent team in London would never be a winner. No free agents would want to go there, top draft picks would be issuing ultimatums, etc.

  2. Screw the fans in London, just like NFL is screwing the fans in the cities of the teams giving up the home game!! They’ll take what we send them and like it!!

  3. I’d argue that game was the most entertaining of the many that London has gotten. I also remember the Bills Jags game a few years back being semi-watchable. It wouldn’t matter if teams had losing records if the game was good. Mistake riddled slog fests are just as boring here as they are there.

  4. I’m not in favor of a full-time team in London, but I like having a couple games a year there, just because it means I get to watch football from 10am to midnight on those days.

    When the schedule came out and the UK fans saw Eagles/Jags on it, they must have been crazy excited. Hell, I bet a lot of US fans bought tickets and planned a whole big trip around it, thinking they’d see a stellar game between two front runners. Oops. Well, you never know, it could still be a stellar game, it’s just that the winner will come away as only a .500 team.

  5. let’s keep it this way. lousy teams, like the Eagles and Jaguars, can play in London. Have good teams play on (a total of no more than 4) Thursday nights, each having a bye the week before.

    while they’re at it, stop feeding me Cowboys games every week. I’ve had more than my fill.

  6. bondlakes says:

    “Who cares?

    There shouldn’t be any games in London anyway”
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    The pertinent question is why do you care about games being played in London? You’ll never attend a game here, you’re watching them on television (assuming that you can pay for cable). London games have no effect on you. The game looks the same to you on television regardless of where it is played.

  7. weepingjebus says:
    October 22, 2018 at 9:55 am
    Just take the hint NFL. Things only get worse from here.

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    So the NFL should take a hint from the teams they chose to send there? That’s makes no sense. unless you think the teams become losing teams on purpose when they’re sent to London, which is just stupid?

    The NFL chooses the teams that go. If anything the fact that they sell out 85,000 tickets every time for weak matchups just proves to the league that it’s a successful venture. The fans in the home cities should be turning up otherwise this is what happens.

  8. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 22, 2018 at 11:02 am

    The pertinent question is why do you care about games being played in London?
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    No, the pertinent question is why would any NFL fan want games played outside of the United States? There are only 8 home games, so why should fans be screwed out of one?

  9. The only people who want football over seas are the greedy Owners, and their greedy commissioner !

  10. jfootball says:
    October 22, 2018 at 11:43 am
    The only people who want football over seas are the greedy Owners, and their greedy commissioner !

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    And the sellout crowds. If fans turned up in the US, games in London wouldn’t happen

  11. mmack66 says:

    “No, the pertinent question is why would any NFL fan want games played outside of the United States? There are only eight home games, so why should fans be screwed out of one?
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    Well, because the only fans who are possibly “screwed” are the ones who would actually attend that eight game. “Any NFL fan” outside of those potential attendees don’t, or shouldn’t, care about where the games are played.

    The game between Philadelphia and Jacksonville will look exactly the same on television regardless of whether it is played in Philadelphia, Jacksonville, or London.

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