The NFL International Series is expanding. Could the Green Bay Packers play a game in Brazil next season?
On Wednesday, the league announced that a regular-season game will be played at Corinthians Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2024.
While the NFL hasn't revealed who will play in the game, the Miami Dolphins are a team to watch. They are the only team with commercial rights in Brazil as part of the NFL's Global Markets Program.
For comparison, there have been three NFL games in Germany. All three featured a team with commercial rights in Germany.
What needs to happen for Packers to play Dolphins in 2024?
Green Bay could play against Miami next season, making a trip to Brazil possible for Matt LaFleur's team.
The Packers will host one team from the AFC East in 2024. It will be determined by divisional standings. If the season ended today, Green Bay would host Aaron Rodgers' New York Jets at Lambeau Field, as the Packers and Jets are third in their respective divisions.
Miami currently holds a two-game lead in first place of the AFC East, but with a challenging three-game stretch against the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Buffalo Bills to come, falling to second isn't out of the question.
The Packers would then need to overtake the Minnesota Vikings for second place in the NFC North. Green Bay only trails by one game and visits Minnesota in Week 17.
Next season, every NFC team will play nine home games, which makes them more likely to "host" an international matchup, as the Packers did in 2022 when they played the New York Giants at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The Packers "hosting" the Dolphins in Brazil would be a fantastic matchup. Two historic franchises. Two exciting offenses led by quarterbacks from the 2020 draft class.
It could happen, but several factors must fall into place. First, the Packers and Dolphins need to finish in the same position of their respective divisions.