As soon as the Atlanta Falcons were announced as one of the “host” teams to play in London, we knew it was a possibility the Detroit Lions could wind up making a trip across the pond. The NFL’s scheduling rotation calls for the Lions to play a road game against the Falcons in 2014.
Instead of making a trip to Atlanta, the Lions will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Tom Lewand had the following comments in a press release:
“We are excited for the opportunity to play on an international stage against a quality NFC opponent. It will be a different challenge for our football team; one that we fully embrace.
“The global platform also presents a unique and special opportunity for our fans and business partners to join us in sharing the many positive stories about the City of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the Lions.”
It will be a long road trip but the NFL has given teams playing in London a bye the following week. The exact date and time of the game is expected to be announced in the next month or so.
Younger fans may not remember but the Lions also made a trip to London to play the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason game prior to the 1993 regular season.
The other two matchups for the NFL’s 2014 International Series are Cowboys-Jaguars and Dolphins-Raiders.
What do you think Lions fan, excited to have the team play in London without having to give up a home game?