Redskins' game vs. Bengals set for Oct. 30; team could become first NFL franchise to play consecutive regular season games overseas pending results of 2015 regular season.
The Washington Redskins will play in front of a global audience in 2016, as the league announced today that the team will face the Cincinnati Bengals at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, as participants in the NFL's International Series. Kickoff time will be announced at a later date.
In addition, the Redskins could potentially play back-to-back games in London, as the team could also face the St. Louis Rams at Twickenham Stadium a week earlier, pending the results and standings of the 2015 regular season. The Rams and the NFC East team that finishes in the same place in their respective divisions are scheduled to face one another on Oct. 23, 2016. If the Rams and Redskins finish in identical places in the NFC West and NFC East, respectively, the Redskins would become the first team in NFL history to play consecutive regular season games overseas.
The game against the Bengals and the potential game against the Rams would both be considered road games, preserving the Redskins' eight-game regular season home slate.
Redskins Owner Dan Snyder has been involved in expanding the NFL's footprint overseas. He serves on the NFL's International Committee, which staged three regular season games in London in each of the past two seasons and has authorized the league to potentially expand the series to other markets in future years.
As part of the NFL's International Series, the Redskins will be playing in London next year. Check out photos from the Redskins' previous games outside the United States.
"We are excited to showcase the Washington Redskins on an international stage," Snyder said. "We are honored to help grow the game overseas."
"The Washington Redskins are proud to be one of the most popular sports teams in the world," President Bruce Allen said. "We look forward to seeing our fans from everywhere come together to sing Hail to the Redskins in London."
The contest at Wembley will mark the Redskins' European debut in regular season play and only their second regular season game outside the United States all-time. In their only other international regular season game to date, the Redskins faced the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Oct. 30, 2011. The Redskins have twice appeared overseas in preseason competition, once at the former Wembley Stadium in London in 1992 and once at the Osaka Dome in Osaka, Japan in 2002.
Redskins fans can register to receive more information by visiting Redskins.com/London. Information on related updates, ticket announcements, travel packages and more will provided at a later date.