It’s finally official: the Redskins will play a regular season game in London next season.
And, depending on the final standings, they could play a second game there, as well.
According to an announcement made by the NFL on Wednesday morning, the team is set to face the Bengals on Oct. 30th at Wembley Stadium.
But here’s where it gets interesting: It’s also possible the Redskins will face the Rams at Twickenham Stadium on Oct. 23, depending on where they finish in their division standings. The Rams are set to host the NFC East team that finishes in the same place that St. Louis finishes in the NFC West, which, of course, means Washington could become the first NFL team to play consecutive regular season games overseas.
Both games, however, would be considered road games for the Redskins, who would still host eight games at FedEx Field.
Regardless of how many games the Redskins end up playing in London, next year’s trip across the Atlantic will mark a first for the club. Although the NFL has played games in London since 2007, the Redskins have never participated. In fact, the only regular season game Washington has ever played outside of the United States was in Toronto vs. the Bills in 2011.
“We are excited to showcase the Washington Redskins on an international stage,” Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “We are honored to help grow the game overseas.”
Team President Bruce Allen added: "The Washington Redskins are proud to be one of the most popular sports teams in the world. We look forward to seeing our fans from everywhere come together to sing Hail to the Redskins in London."
The NFL also announced a third London game on Wednesday: the Jaguars will host the Colts on Oct. 2.
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