The Miami Dolphins were selected as one of six teams going to London to play an NFL game at Wembley Stadium in 2014. This is part of the NFL’s goal to expand in that region.
Here are some thoughts on the news:
Miami will play the Oakland Raiders and be designated as the road team. This is important, because it means the Dolphins will not lose any of their eight home dates for 2014. The Dolphins are a struggling franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008. Miami doesn’t have a good home-field advantage. But losing a home game would have only added to Miami’s obstacles next year.
The Dolphins historically have a strong following internationally. That factored into the selection, according to Miami owner Stephen Ross. The Dolphins also played in London in 2007. This will be the Dolphins' third regular-season game played outside the United States, according to the team.
Although things change from year to year, there's a solid chance Oakland will not be a strong opponent. The Raiders have been rebuilding just as long as the Dolphins and appear at least two or thress years away from turning things around. The Dolphins got a relatively easy draw for such a long trip when looking ahead. Every bit counts.