NFL continues European dream as London franchise becomes possibility

THE National Football League returns to London for the second week running at the weekend, as the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Buffalo Bills at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Jaguars played at Wembley Stadium last weekend, when they cruised past the Atlanta Falcons in an emphatic 23-7 win.

The league has been playing games abroad every year since 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at a rain-soaked Wembley Stadium.

The Bills are currently 1st in the AFC East division, with a 3-1 record on the season and travel to London off the back of a 48-20 win over the Dolphins.

This is the second of five games in the NFL International Series this year, with a further game at Tottenham on October 15th between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

The league will also play games in Germany for the second year running, with the Dolphins playing against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, in Frankfurt on November 5th.

A week later, the NFL returns to Europe for one last game this year, with the Indianapolis Colts playing the New England Patriots in Frankfurt.

The league is showing an undeniable commitment to playing games in Europe and rumours of a London based NFL team are gathering pace.

Speaking at an NFL fan event, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “I think there’s no question that London could support not just one franchise, I think two franchises, I really believe that,”

“That’s from a fan perspective, a commercial standpoint, from a media standpoint, I think you [the UK fans] have all proven that.

“The question I think is going to come down to, not so much the logistics about travel, that’s clearly a challenge, it really comes down to whether you can do it competitively, where the team here or the teams in the States coming over can continue to be competitive and that was the challenge when we did the regular season games.”