Cowboys could make return trip to London next season

The Cowboys, who played the Jaguars in London last season, could make a return trip next year.
The Cowboys, who played the Jaguars in London last season, could make a return trip next year. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys are a candidate to play in London next season.

The NFL announced Wednesday that the St. Louis Rams will host an NFC East team in the UK on Oct. 23 at Twickenham. The league has never played at game at the 82,000-seat stadium that is home of rugby union.

The NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as the Rams do in the NFC West. The formula means the Rams will face the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants or Redskins.

The Rams (4-6) currently reside in third place in the NFC West. The Cowboys (3-7) are in fourth in the NFC East, with the Eagles in third.

The Cowboys played in London last season, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-17.

“We loved it,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “It was a great week for our team. I thought the logistics of the trip were outstanding. I thought everybody from the NFL standpoint handled it really, really well. I think our team really embraced it. The travel is a challenge. We all know that. But if your mentality is right, it really can be a great experience. I thought our guys did a really good job handling everything. We really viewed it as a privilege to play there. Wembley Stadium is one of the great stadiums in the world, and our experience couldn’t have been better.”

Garrett said the Cowboys will follow a similar itinerary if they return.

“We want to get over there early,” Garrett said. “We believe in that. There probably are some little logistical things that we could keep trying to work ourselves through, but that’s almost an operations discussion more than it is anything else. I just thought it was really, really good.”

The other two games in London next season are set: The Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 2 at Wembley Stadium, and the Cincinnati Bengals will host the Redskins at Wembley on Oct. 30.

Thus, the Redskins could become the first team to play back-to-back games in London.

The NFL has played 14 games in London since beginning the international series in 2007.

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