Oct 8, 2021 - Sports

The most absurd streak in sports

Illustration of the London Bridge with a football over it.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

On Sunday, the NFL will play its 29th regular-season game in London. And for the 29th straight time, it will not feature two winning teams (1-3 Jets vs. 1-3 Falcons).

Think about that: The NFL has been going to London since 2007 — the same year the first iPhone debuted — and it has yet to put two winning teams on the field together.

  • This is partly due to bad luck, with games that looked good on paper becoming less appealing by the time the teams took the field.
  • It also doesn't help that the Jaguars — perennial losers — have played a London game every season since 2013 (except for 2020, when the London games were canceled).

The big picture: The NFL has been making moves recently to expand its global footprint beyond London and Mexico City (host since 2016).

  • It will hold an international combine in London next week, with plans for future combines in Mexico and sub-Saharan Africa, per The Athletic (subscription).
  • The league is also eyeing Germany — an American football hotbed of sorts — as a host for future games, and teams will soon be granted exclusive commercial access to international markets.
  • All this to say: If the NFL is serious about global expansion, it should probably schedule better matchups overseas for that audience — even if it angers U.S. fans who can't attend.

What's next: This absurd streak will hit 30 straight next week when the Dolphins (currently 1-3) play the Jaguars (currently 0-4).

Go deeper: Full list of London games (Twitter)

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