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In general, Peter King is a jackass. But he’s a plugged-in jackass, so when he says the Eagles are one of a few “prime candidates” to play a game in the International Series over the next few years, many NFL fans think, “Oh, they’re still doing that?”
Yes, they are. Last week the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins faced off in London’s Wembley Stadium — only the best for the Brits — and this season will also bring Lions/Falcons and Cowboys/Jags across the pond. According to King’s MMQB, Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president of international, believes the NFL will have a team in London in seven to eight years which is THE WORST IDEA OF ALL TIME. But in more reasonable and near-future news, the Eagles could be popping over to jolly old England soon:
In the short term, Waller says to expect three NFL games played at Wembley Stadium during the 2015 season (England is hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with two matches scheduled at Wembley for Sundays in September, one reason the NFL will stick with three games). Two of those games will be played on consecutive weeks, to test how the stadium’s field holds up to that wear and tear. This is important, because if there were a team in London, its schedule would likely be played in two- to three-game blocks, home and away.
The NFL’s international committee discussed plans for 2015 about two weeks ago. The Jaguars, who made a four-year commitment to the International Series, will be one of the “home” teams in London each season through 2016. Who else could be in the mix? Well, the league’s international committee has reps from nine teams, six of which have played in the International Series, and three that have not: Chiefs (Clark Hunt is the committee’s chair), Bills and Eagles. Those teams will be prime candidates in 2015.
As Bleeding Green Nation points out, Jeffrey Lurie holds a spot on the NFL’s International Committee as well, seemingly making the whole scenario pretty viable. And if it’s announced, you’ll probably want to get on reserving your ticket and flight right away, since those International Series games, mostly ignored here, draw 80,000+ to Wembley almost every time.