Redskins May Play Consecutive Games in London in 2016

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The Associated Press

For the first time, the Washington Redskins will play a regular season game in London in 2016, and a possibility exists that they may play two games consecutively there, making them the first NFL team to do so.

The Redskins are scheduled to play Week 8 on October 30 at Wembley Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, and may play the prior week against the St. Louis Rams at Twickenham Stadium if they finish in the same place in the NFC East as the Rams do in their division. If the Redskins do not finish in the same tier as the Rams, the Rams may play the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, or the New York Giants.

The Redskins/Bengals game will follow the Indianapolis Colts/Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley on Oct. 2. The Jaguars have played a regular season game in London every year since 2013.

Next season will feature the first NFL regular season games held at Twickenham, the home of England’s national rugby team. The NFL has held regular season games at Wembley since 2007. The NFL has confirmed that starting in 2016, one game at minimum would be played at Twickenham every year for the next three years, with an option for two more years; two games per year have been committed to Wembley through 2020. The NFL has also made a 10-year deal for two games minimum at Tottenham’s new soccer stadium starting in 2018.

The Redskins played at Wembley in a preseason game in 1992, when they faced the San Francisco 49ers in the American Bowl in the old Wembley Stadium.

All three NFL games in London this year sold out. The combined average attendance for the three games was 83,877, higher than both the 83,523 three-game average in 2014 and the two-game 83,538 average in 2013.