Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins in London next season in what will be a matchup between teams from the AFC West and AFC East respectively. The NFL announced the matchup on Thursday morning and the story was widely reported after the announcement.
The league reported that the Raiders would play one of their home dates across the Atlantic Ocean earlier in October, but didn’t assign an opponent at the time. There was rumblings that the game would be a battle between the Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers given the problems the Bay Area rivalry has when played on home turf, but the league opted with the Dolphins despite Miami being all the way across the country and significantly closer to London travel wise.
The exact date of the Raiders’ London game at Wembley Stadium has not been determined.
The Raiders and Dolphins game will be one of three in London next season. The Jacksonville Jaguars will “host” the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons will be the home team against the Detroit Lions.
Don’t expect Raider fans to be too pleased at “hosting” one of their eight home games all the way in London, especially now that the Dolphins have an added travel advantage. Both teams will have the bye week following their London trip as expected.
The Raiders will have to negotiate a clause into any new lease with the Oakland Coliseum that allows the team to play a home game away from the aging facility. That isn’t expected to be a problem according to league sources, but language in the Raiders current lease which expires this season expresses that every home game must be played in Oakland at the Coliseum.