As the NFL continues their push to increase the amount of games in London for 2014, the Oakland Raiders are one of the teams chosen to play. The Raiders will host the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium next year. The date of the game will be announced later.
The downside to hosting a game in London will be the Raiders lose a home game in Oakland. The positive is it gives football fans in the United Kingdom the opportunity to see the Raiders along with other NFL teams. It also expands the NFL brand to new markets and opens new opportunities.
This season, the Minnesota Viking defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in London with upwards of 83,000 fans in attendance. The San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars will play in London this Sunday. The Raiders, Dolphins game will be one of three games overseas next season. The other two will be the Dallas Cowboys and Jaguars as well as the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions. Jacksonville has agreed to play a home game in London through the 2016 season.
As with any team that travels to play at Wembley Stadium, the Raiders will follow their London trip with a bye week. It will be a great opportunity to give Raiders fans in Europe the chance to see the team. However, there are difficulties in playing in London such as travel, time change, and unfamiliarity.
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