It was only a matter of time before it happened and it finally has.
The Green Bay Packers are going international.
As the only remaining team yet to play a game outside the United States in recent years, the Packers were duefor a trip to Europe. While some might have hoped for Green Bay to play in the recently announced games in Munich (which would have been on brand for a Wisconsin team), the NFL announced today the Packers will be one of the teams playing in London this fall at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The writing was almost on the wall with the Packers due to have nine home games this year though the local economy sure would have appreciated a ninth game at Lambeau Field this year. That being said, the Packers are very much a worldwide brand for the NFL and this gives the league a chance to showcase one of their marquee franchises to an overseas audience.
As for who the Packers will face off in London, it won’t be a divisional opponent and games against Tennessee, New England, Dallas (the return of Mike McCarthy to Green Bay) and the defending champion Los Angeles Rams will likely stay in Green Bay.
That leaves likely opponents to the New York Giants or the New York Jets. We won’t know for sure until the schedule is released in April but at least we can be almost certain the Packers will face a team from New York.
This is an exciting time for Packers fans as they begin to plan a vacation overseas this fall and it’s good to see the team and league could work it out for this to happen given how important Packers games are to the local economy.
Regardless of quarterback, the Packers should be a big draw in London as they are one of the franchises with strong global reach. We’re guessing we aren’t the only ones looking at flights to London this morning to cure the Monday blues.
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