In 28 London games, NFL has never matched two winning teams

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The NFL isn’t sending its best when it sends teams to London.

In fact, Sunday’s game between the Jaguars and Texans will be the 28th game in London, and there still hasn’t been a single game between two teams with winning records.

With the Jaguars at .500 and the Texans a game over, this matchup is better than most of the games the NFL has played in London. Eight London games have matched up two teams with losing records.

The NFL sometimes sends bad teams to London because those teams struggle to fill their home stadiums and don’t mind giving up a home game to play overseas. But sometimes the league schedules games that look good on paper for London, only to have those teams struggle once the season starts.

Here are the 28 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)
2019: Buccaneers (2-3) vs. Panthers (3-2)
2019: Bengals (0-7) vs. Rams (4-3)
2019: Texans (5-3) vs. Jaguars (4-4)

24 responses to “In 28 London games, NFL has never matched two winning teams

  1. That won’t stop fans from crying. Even when they are teams they care nothing about they will still cry. For the select few season ticket holders I totally get their complements. I fee many are just complaining to complain.

  2. Bit of a sticky wicket for you lads, jetting cross the pond for the match, eh wot?
    Blokes gets knackered and end in their kip, right ya are, guv’nor.

  3. superfanentertainment says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    In 28 NFL games in London …not ONE American fan has appreciated the location and weird TV times.
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    Couldn’t be more wrong, every fan I know loves waking up to random football in the AM. Al it does is make for a full day of action. Plus as a Packers fan, I’ve never had to watch my team get screwed by the travel or lose a home game.

  4. superfanentertainment says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    In 28 NFL games in London …not ONE American fan has appreciated the location and weird TV times.

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    I rather like 9:30 start times and I know I’m not the only one

  5. You look at the “home” teams on that list, not many of the more valuable franchises are forced to give up a home game. Patriots, Packers, Jets, Giants, Steelers, Cowboys, etc.

  6. The demand is so strong that it doesn’t matter, the UK fans love the game so they’ll sell out the venue regardless.

  7. superfanentertainment says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    In 28 NFL games in London …not ONE American fan has appreciated the location and weird TV times.

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    If the US fans appreciated their teams enough they wouldn’t have looked to overseas.
    Most of the ‘home teams’ playing abroad end up giving up a game because they’ll actually sell out in London and won’t in the US.
    Appreciation should go both ways.

  8. murphyslaw40 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 3:05 pm
    You look at the “home” teams on that list, not many of the more valuable franchises are forced to give up a home game. Patriots, Packers, Jets, Giants, Steelers, Cowboys, etc.

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    Probably because their fans actually turn up?

  9. That list brings back bad memories, the 9 oclock in the morning pickfest in 2015 with EJ Manuel. Worst thing I’ve ever seen. I went back to sleep.

  10. “ Why bother? The Brits only understand soccer!”

    Yeah that’s why every game there sell out, because they don’t understand what they’re paying big money to see SMH

  11. Why is it that every NFL team has played at least one game in London and the Packers haven’t had to? What an absolute crock!

  12. Dr. Laphroaig says:
    October 31, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    Why is it that every NFL team has played at least one game in London and the Packers haven’t had to? What an absolute crock!

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    This might blow your mind but one as always going to have to be the last to do it, not all 32 can play at once in the UK. It just so happens its the packers.

  13. threatlevelmidn1ght says:
    October 31, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    Why have the Jags played a London game for the last 7 years straight?

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    Because they have a contract with Wembley to do so.

  14. In 2009 and 2012, did the Patriots wear their throwback uniforms for those London games?
    The throwbacks always looked to me more like something the Redcoats would have worn.

  15. Not many games in the NFL feature 2 teams with a winning record. There are only 2 this week.

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