NFL is on 25th London game, has still never had two winning teams

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On Sunday the NFL will play its 25th regular-season game in London. It still hasn’t sent a great matchup across the pond.

In fact, Sunday’s Bears-Raiders game makes the NFL 25-for-25 in failing to produce a London matchup between two winning teams. Eight London games have matched up two teams with losing records.

In part that’s because the NFL has tended to send teams to London that struggle to fill their home stadiums, and those tend to be the worse teams in the league. But it’s also just been bad luck some years, with games that looked good on paper when the schedule came out becoming stinkers by the time the teams took the field.

The end of that ugly streak could be in sight: In Week Six, the Buccaneers and Panthers meet in London. They’re both 2-2 now, so if they both win on Sunday, they’ll both be 3-2 and London will finally have a game between winning teams.

Here are the 25 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)
2019: Raiders (2-2) vs. Bears (3-1)

22 responses to “NFL is on 25th London game, has still never had two winning teams

  1. There are so many bad teams in the league now. It would be almost impossible for the schedule makers to predict if a pair of teams they want to send there will both have winning records at the time.

  2. They’re already named after the place.
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    No they are not. They are named after the first American colonies. That’s no different than suggesting that the Jets and Giants should move because they are named after York.

  3. harrisonhits2 says:
    October 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    There are so many bad teams in the league now. It would be almost impossible for the schedule makers to predict if a pair of teams they want to send there will both have winning records at the time.
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    No it isn’t. They simply don’t want to send any of the expected premiere matchups over there because they make more money having those in their home stadiums and on prime time if possible

  4. You don’t need two winning teams to have a good game. Titans-Chargers, last year was fun, as was Colts-Jags two years earlier.

  5. Going to London is a complete waste. NFL Europe was an abject failure but Goodell’s ego is too huge to learn from that.

    Scheduling NFL games for London makes about as much sense as scheduling British Rugby League matches for the U.S.

  6. collectordude
    Oct 3, 2019, 1:18 PM CDT
    Does any British citizen even care about these games?
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    No, no they do not. I went to the Bears /Tampa game. They had no clue of any current players. They were all wearing Payton,Montana & Marino jerseys. The fans at the stadium were great but the rest of London couldn’t care less. There wasn’t even a mention of the game in the sports section of the newspapers. But the NFL won’t quit chasing the almighty dollar, so it will keep sending games over there.

  7. streetyson says:
    October 3, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    You don’t need two winning teams to have a good game. Titans-Chargers, last year was fun, as was Colts-Jags two years earlier.

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    As was Jags/Eagles last year.

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