In the upcoming 2019 season, two of the Midwest’s teams will be taking their talents across the Atlantic Ocean to play in London. The Cincinnati Bengals will play the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears will play the Oakland Raiders.
The Bengals are still in the talks of hiring Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor. Following Super Bowl LIII, Taylor will more than likely sign with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals fired a whole load of coaches this offseason following a 6-10 season. Taylor would face his former team, less than a whole season after signing with the Bengals if reports hold up.
How big would this game be? The Bengals made one appearance in London in 2016, where they tied with the Washington Redskins. They finished the 2016 campaign 6-9-1. This season, a game in London against the Rams would be a huge kickoff to Taylor’s head coaching career.
For the Chicago Bears, the visit to Wembley Stadium would be the second visit within the last ten years. Back in 2011, led by QB Jay Cutler, the Bears defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 and finished the season 8-8.
After gaining Pro Bowl outside linebacker Khalil Mack from Oakland, the Bears and Raiders would face off for the first time since the huge move. During Mack’s first season in the windy city the Chicago Bears had a top-three finish in takeaways on the defensive end of the ball.
With the talks of many teams visiting London, these games could be huge assets for the NFL in expanding the fan base across the globe. Many fans travel to London to watch their teams play, not only from the Midwest but also in other countries.