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National Football League official: 'Ambition' to get Packers playing in London in 2018

But that could change soon, as it appears the National Football League has eyes on bringing the Birds - as well as each of the other five teams who haven't - to England for a game during the 2018 season.

Alistair Kirkwood, the managing director of NFL UK, said as much during an interview with ESPN.

Kirkwood said the 2018 London schedule should be finalized in December. The UK and Irish Packers fan group has thousands of members, and they take a trip to Green Bay every year.

So, how will these six teams get to London in 2018?

We know the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars had already agreed to play home games in London over a four-year period.

The Packers have held out because of the economic impact a lost home game would have on the Green Bay economy and season-ticket holders.

The Eagles also have a road game with the Jaguars next season. The same is true of Green Bay's NFC North rivals. It's possible the opponent would be the Los Angeles Rams, who are committed to playing one game in London each year until 2019.

And it might not be as hard as you think to get the Eagles scheduled for a game over there. The Rams, Chargers, and possibly the Raiders will all also be hosting games next season, though the Raiders could once again play host to the Mexico game, as they did in 2016 and will again in 2017. Following this season's slate, there are just six teams in the league who have yet to travel across the pond for a regular season game. The schedule would need to be expanded to six games in order to accommodate everyone.

See how not ideal that is?

There's no way the Seahawks or Patriots give up a home game.

The good news here for Eagles fans is that there are plenty of ways the Eagles can get to London without having to give up a home game.

Or hey, here's a insane idea - stop trying to force teams to play in London if they don't want to.



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