For a few years now, the NFL has been playing regular season games in London. Gone are the days of gigantic Jason Taylor robots, as it has become pretty common these days. In fact, this year, there are two games in London, and in 2014 there will be three. Due to the fact that six teams are headed to London next year, and since they want to shake it up a bit in terms of teams (aside from the Jaguars, who are just desperate for attention, and with good cause) perhaps it should come as no surprise that next year the Lions are headed to England.
While Jacksonville and Dallas square off, as do Oakland and Miami, the Lions are taking on Atlanta. However, there is no reason to be worried, Detroit fans. This counts as a Falcons home game, so the Lions still get all eight of their games at Ford Field. So, the Lions get the chance to head to England, get some national attention, and then they get their bye week after that game to ease back into action. That's fine with me.
Of course, this is all about next year, and the focus now for the Lions is trying to return to the playoffs this season, or at least to have a winning record. Otherwise, Jim Schwartz may not be visiting Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus and all that good stuff.