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London calling? Two Bills '14 opponents could host game overseas

By Jay Skurski

The NFL announced on Tuesday that three games will be played next season in London's Wembley Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will each play one "home" game in the United Kingdom as part of the league's International Series. 

"Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release from the league. "Both of this year's games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game."

So could this week's announcement have an impact on the Buffalo Bills?

Buffalo is scheduled to play at Oakland in the 2014 season. The only other East Coast team currently scheduled to play at the Raiders next season is Miami, so if the NFL wanted to avoid having two teams from the West Coast having to make the lengthy trip, the Bills or Dolphins could be candidates. That does not appear to be a necessity, however -- in 2010, San Francisco "hosted" Denver in Wembley.

The Bills also have the possibility of playing at the Jaguars next season. That would happen if both teams finished in last place this year in their respective divisions. With the Jaguars looking like a "threat" to go 0-16 and the Bills without EJ Manuel for an extended period of time, there is certainly that possibility.

Aside from their divisional opponents, the Jaguars host the Browns, Steelers, Cowboys and Giants in 2014.

It's also worth noting that the Dolphins, Steelers and Giants have played in London since 2007, when the league began holding games in Wembley. 

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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