The Green Bay Packers won’t play in London in 2019.
For Green Bay Packers fans in the UK, the wait for a London game goes on. On Monday, the NFL announced the five international games to be played in the 2019 season. The Packers will not be among them.
The Chicago Bears will be making the trip to London, however, to take on the Oakland Raiders.
As a Packers fan in the UK myself, I’m sure many can relate to this. First it was the Allen Robinson signing. Then Kyle Fuller. Khalil Mack. The NFC North title. And now a game in London. The Bears have been winning a lot against the Packers of late. Well, that’s if you consider playing in London a good thing.
My view is, of course, biased as I’d love to see the Packers play over here. But an argument can certainly be made that it’s not ideal for the players or coaches who have to make the long trip across the pond.
The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans will be making the trip to London next season, which will make the Packers the only team not to play an International Series game in the UK.
Four games will be hosted in London this year. It hasn’t yet been announced which games will be played at Wembley Stadium or the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
The LA Chargers will be the “home” team against the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City. The hope was that with Green Bay set to play in LA next season, the international game would feature the Packers.
At some point an international game is inevitable for the Green Bay Packers. It almost certainly won’t be a home game, that much we know. But until another team is willing to give up a home game against Green Bay, the wait goes on.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be giving up a home game to play in London in 2019. They are scheduled to host the Packers in 2020. Maybe that’ll be the opportunity.