After two seasons in a row with games at Wembley Stadium the Detroit Lions will not be headed back across the pond in 2016.
No London trip for the Detroit Lions next season after playing games at Wembley Stadium in 2014 and 15. https://t.co/OPKjrIeW1w
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) November 25, 2015
The popularity of American football has increased in England since the NFL started playing games there in 2007. Detroit has had mixed results across the pond. In 2014 the Lions rallied from a 3-touchdown deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 in one of the most exciting games in recent Detroit football history. However, this season Detroit was soundly beaten by a score of 45-10 by the Kansas City Chiefs. The game took place just days after the Lions fired coaches Joe Lombardi, Jeremiah Washburn, and Terry Heffernan. This, of course, ushered in the Jim Bob Cooter era as offensive coordinator for the Lions. Cooter’s tenure did not start well as the team laid an egg offensively agains the Chiefs in London, but, they have won two straight games since then.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is excited about the international reach of American football. Goodell told NFLUK.com that we can expect more games worldwide in the future.
“Fans in the UK have responded incredibly well to the regular-season games we have played in London since 2007. They have demanded more NFL games, and we have worked to accommodate them. We think it’s time to expand our International Series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world.”