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Let’s hope the British don’t have any leftover grudges from the Revolutionary War, because the Patriots are scheduled to return to London next season for the NFL’s annual trip across the pond.
On Oct. 28, the New England Patriots will square off against the St. Louis Rams at 1:00 p.m. EST in Wembley Stadium to help spread American football overseas. In a statement released by the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft emphasized the British as “some of our most passionate Patriots fans.” I guess they don’t mind the Patriots Minutemen celebrating every touchdown with a volley of gunshots after all.
The Patriots will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the second team to play multiple games in London since the tradition started back in 2007. The Patriots faced the Bucs in the 2009 London Classic, winning handily by a score of 35-7. Playing against a Rams team that finished 2011 in contention for the #1 overall draft pick in 2012 should mean that the Patriots continue to enjoy such success in the UK.
Next season will mark the first of three years that the Rams will host a game in London. The NFL apparently decided that the Rams are the best team for Londonites to make their own as the de facto home team through 2014, because there’s no better way to inspire overseas fandom than to put a 2-14 team on exhibit.
In other words, it looks like we’ll have to depend on the UK streaker for entertainment over the next three years at Wembley Stadium in London.