NFL to play 29th and 30th London games, has still never matched two winning teams

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The NFL wants to establish a significant fan base in London. But it has never given the fans the opportunity to see a great matchup of two top teams.

In fact, after the 1-3 Jets play the 1-3 Falcons in London on Sunday, and the 1-3 Dolphins play the 0-4 Jaguars next week, the NFL will have played 30 games in London, and there still hasn’t been a single game between two teams with winning records.

Jets-Falcons is the ninth London game to match up two teams with losing records. Dolphins-Jaguars will be the 10th London game to match up two teams with losing records. The other 20 London games have had one team with a winning record or a .500 record, but never have both teams had a winning record.

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 London games are just the victims of bad luck, with the games looking good on paper when they’re scheduled, only to have the teams playing in London struggle early in the season.

Here are the 30 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)
2021: Jets (1-3) vs. Falcons (1-3)
2021: Dolphins (currently 1-3) vs. Jaguars (currently 0-4)

22 responses to “NFL to play 29th and 30th London games, has still never matched two winning teams

  1. They blew it this year. They could have had the Pack against the Chiefs with the 17th game . The Pack have never been over there , mostly because the owners of a lot of teams don’t want to give up a sellout when they come to town. And the Chiefs are immensely popular as would have been perfect

  2. As long as the games keep selling out why would the league worry about the records?

  3. I love to watch football, follow the Falcons, and dont intend to watch. There is zero excitement when the matchups stink.

  4. Have you noticed the Jags constantly appearing on this list? Coincidence? I think not…

  5. These Goodwell money grab London games are so dumb. I can’t imagine being a player trying to adjust to that time change/travel/then having to play the short weeks.

  6. Wow, and they love it. NFL football is just great entertainment. The fans are watching the action on the field. They’re not reading the standings in the newspaper.

  7. How any fan can like these games played in London is beyond me. I refuse to watch them because they should be played here, not in London.

  8. I never understood why the games couldn’t be counted as “Away” games for both teams. Sure some of the best matchups wouldn’t get moved over, but a Steelers Saints(of old) game would likely have been two winning teams.

  9. Its not like they are trying hard. Some of those matchups might have seemed strong at the time they were set and then landscapes changed before game day. But most of them, certainly this years, it was clear from a long way out that these would be two weak teams facing off.

  10. The NFL needs to keep the London games as it’s the only chance find of us get to watch live football.

  11. Jags owner should fly all the players and coach’s home from England and make Urban find his own way home. Fitting payback.

  12. I know a lot of US fans don’t like these games, but the NFL’s whole agenda (like most giant corporations) is growing profit as much as possible. So we get things like the NFL allowing gambling now (and what bad could possibly come of that?).

    And international games are part of increasing the possibilities for profit. And beyond London and Mexico City, I believe they’ve also discussed Germany and China for the future.

  13. Good. Fans should be able to enjoy their team’s full schedule at home, especially if that team is good. And team’s in playoff races or duking it out for a playoff bye shouldn’t lose a home game. I wouldn’t expect there to be marquee EPL matches with major implications played in the US, why should London expect to get a marquee NFL matchup?

  14. Complaints about London games are so dumb. People who never attend games whining about a team losing a home game. People who know absolutely nothing about international travel crying about the effect of such travel on the players.

    Just be honest and admit that the sole reason that you hate London games is your xenophobia.

  15. That’s how the NFL rolls. As long as they make money, no reason to think they have to change from their policy of sending mediocre teams over.

  16. No, and we don’t want winning teams playing there either. The London games are a sideshow being pushed by Shad Khan, among others. Let the crappy teams continue playing there, the winning teams have more important things to worry about.

  17. Football has no fan base in England; not enough to justify the greed that the owners display by foisting their product on the Briotish audience.

  18. The London games are very lucrative to a small market team like the Jaguars. The salary cap insures a level playing field for all 32 teams but the ancillary things, like jersey sales, etc., impact the team’s and owners’ bottom lines. They actually want to play a London game and last year were to play two before Covid cancelled all London games.

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