NFL owners approved an expansion of the International Series today that will allow for three 2014 regular season games to be played at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Detroit Lions season ticket holders have nothing to fear – the Lions won’t be one of the teams hosting one of the games in London. However, that doesn’t mean the Lions won’t have to make a trip across the pond.
The Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons have been announced as the three hosts. While the Raiders and Jaguars won’t appear on the Lions’ 2014 schedule, the Lions are set to play a road game against the Falcons based on the NFL’s scheduling rotation.
That makes the Lions a possible opponent for the Falcons in London, but that would be a break from tradition. Of the eight games played or already scheduled since the International Series started visiting Wembley in 2007, seven have been games featuring one AFC opponent and one NFC opponent. The 2011 game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears is the only game to be played between team in the same conference.