The National Football League heads throughout the pond once more this season with 4 video games scheduled in London and Germany. This yr, the European crowd will get a few massive NFL manufacturers to look at in particular person, not simply the Jacksonville Jaguars. Some of the matchups might be higher, however the league additionally must get the Dallas Cowboys and a few of its different extra common groups enjoying exterior of America.
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This yr’s slate features three video games in London throughout October and the inaugural sport for the league in Germany, happening in November. The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints kick issues off on Oct. 2 from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They’ll be adopted by the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers one week later, on Oct. 9. The third sport from London can be at legendary Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, pitting the Denver Broncos in opposition to London’s favourite, Jacksonville.
If London might decide its personal NFL consultant, absolutely it wouldn’t be the Jaguars, but Roger Goodell and the league seemingly ship the Jags over yearly. This yr’s sport in opposition to the Broncos would be the Jaguars’ ninth journey to London, by far essentially the most of any staff within the NFL. In distinction, the Green Bay Packers are making their debut in London this season.
One of essentially the most historic franchises within the league’s historical past is enjoying its first-ever worldwide common season sport in 2022. It’s about rattling time. It’s ridiculous how the NFL continues sending the Jaguars and different groups of that ilk to play internationally. For what they cost of us to get into video games, they should ship higher groups, like those they’re sending this yr.
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Some of this yr’s matchups depart little to be desired, however no less than Europe getting greater than Jacksonville and Houston. Germany will host its first-ever NFL sport of any sort when the Buccaneers play the Seahawks on Nov. 13. If not for Tom Brady, this is able to be one other dud of a sport. It will possible find yourself in Tampa blowing Seattle out in Allianz Arena. It is a “good gesture” by the league to ship Brady over throughout what many really feel can be his ultimate season. For actual, this time.
Where massive manufacturers are involved, the Packers and Broncos are a very good begin, particularly with Russell Wilson making the leap to Denver within the offseason. This would be the Broncos’ ninth worldwide sport general, however solely their third through the common season. And that quantity will enhance for each franchise because the league now requires every staff to play at least one worldwide sport each eight years.
Since Jacksonville has gone above and past exceeding that requirement, it may be time to depart them at house for some time. Let’s give the followers in Europe an opportunity to see different groups. Like the Cowboys, as an illustration. The final time Dallas performed in London was on the peak of the Tony Romo period in 2014. They beat the Jaguars (in fact), 31-14. But with this new rule, we should always see Jerry Jones’ group heading over before later.
Pittsburgh is in the identical boat as Dallas, having not performed a world sport in almost a decade. The Steelers’ last game overseas was in 2013, which they misplaced to the Vikings 34-27. You have two of the biggest fan bases within the NFL between the Cowboys and Steelers. It’d be fairly the spectacle to have these franchises face off in a world common season sport, but it surely’s uncertain the league would take into account it.
Jones would struggle that, I’m certain, particularly if it have been scheduled for Dallas because the ‘host’ staff. That’s one other subject for the house staff in these video games; they’re dropping an precise house sport. So, with the unbalanced 17-game schedule, groups are on a rotation foundation every year, internet hosting eight or 9 common season video games.
In a yr when groups have solely eight house video games, these extra outstanding manufacturers gained’t be too keen to surrender a house sport to play internationally. So, initially, it seems like this new rule of sending groups over each eight years was desperately wanted. To preserve giving international followers the Jags, Giants (whereas they’re down), Texans, and even the Vikings aren’t slicing it. Yes, the Vikings must be higher this yr, however they aren’t on the identical degree because the Cowboys, Steelers, and Packers, in terms of model recognition.
A pair extra division rivalries would even be good video games to showcase to the worldwide fanbase. The solely division sport in ‘22 will occur in Mexico City when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 21. There’s at all times a bit extra depth when division rivals get collectively. This one ought to have postseason implications hooked up. And these are the matchups wanted for the worldwide fan base if the NFL needs to take this growth significantly.
It’s no secret the league needs a staff based mostly exterior the United States. At this level, the query is will that be an growth staff or a present franchise relocating to Europe or Mexico? We’re getting nearer to this taking place every year. The NFL continues so as to add extra video games, as this yr we’re as much as 5 worldwide showdowns. Right now, they’re getting extra groups used to touring exterior the nation extra usually. By 2030, I feel we’ll have a staff designated to play all their house video games out of the country.