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What would happen to the Titans if the NFL put a team in London?

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What would happen to the Titans if the NFL put a team in London?

Posted on 07 November 2014 by Allen

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A few weeks ago when the Lions and Falcons played in London a lot of fans enjoyed waking up and watching football in the morning live in the UK, in addition to the 1 PM and 4 PM games that day. This week the Cowboys and Jaguars will play at Wembley Stadium in what will be the third and final game in London this season.

In 2013 Jacksonville began playing a game in London. The Jaguars owner Shad Khan made the deal to play at Wembley for four years. It’s no secret that the Jags are having problems with attendance and a game in London will sell over 80,000 tickets. That’s a big deal considering the team averaged just over 63,000 a game last year. The elephant in the room is that London will eventually get a franchise and the Jaguars could be the one that goes across the pond. Having an owner that willingly gave up a home game every year to play in London could be pretty telling.

But what would happen if the Jags did move to London permanently? Would they stay in the AFC South causing the Titans to fly to the UK once a year? Here is the current alignment of the NFL divisions.

AFC

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittburgh Steelers

AFC West
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars

NFC

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Washington Redskins

NFC North
Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions

NFC West
San Fransisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
St Louis Rams

NFC South
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Bucs

If the Jaguars did move to London they really can’t stay in the AFC South. A Houston to London plane ride is approximately 10 hours long. But a trip from Boston to London is a little less than 7 hours. If there is going to be a team in London they really need to go in the AFC East where they can play teams somewhat closer like the Jets, Patriots, and Bills. But to do that Miami will have to be moved to another division. The Dolphins would need to be moved to the AFC South to take Jacksonville’s place if the NFL wanted a quick fix.

Here is how the realignment would look.

AFC

AFC East
London Jaguars
Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC West
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Miami Dolphins

You could put the London Jaguars in the NFC East but that would mean putting Dallas in the NFC South with Atlanta, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay. Jerry Jones loves the exposure of playing in big markets like Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC so it might be a tough sell. By moving the Cowboys to the NFC South you have to put the Panthers in the AFC South in the Jags old spot. Carolina isn’t that far from Nashville and Indianapolis so it’s a fit as long as Houston can deal with the travel.

Here is how those divisions would look.

AFC

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC West
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Carolina Panthers

NFC

NFC East
London Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
Washington Redskins

NFC North
Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions

NFC West
San Fransisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
St Louis Rams

NFC South
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Bucs

The Jaguars could stay in Jacksonville and the NFL could award a franchise to London. At 32 teams the NFL would need to add three more to get it to 36 where it can be broken down into divisions. Los Angeles, Toronto, and San Antonio have all been rumored to be on the NFL’s radar. Should they add four more teams they would likely have to do away with 4 divisions in each conference and go back to the East, West, and Central divisions the NFL used to use before going to East, West, South, and North. The playoff teams would consist of three division winners and three wildcard teams.

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets
London franchise

AFC West
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
Houston Texans
San Diego Chargers
San Antonio franchise

AFC Central
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

There would
be no AFC South or North

Putting London in the AFC East makes the most sense. Also shipping the Jags into the division gives them a natural rivalry with Miami. Excluding London and Jacksonville the other four teams were in the old AFC East.

The AFC West is a natural fit for the San Antonio franchise. It also gives the Texans a new rival. The two teams would be added to four teams who were in the AFC West originally.

The AFC Central would not have a new team but would reunite the Titans with their old rivals from the old days. When the team was in Houston the Oilers had some memorable games with the Bengals, Steelers, and Browns. Adding the Colts would create a natural rival with Cincinnati who is about two hours away.

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Bucs
Toronto franchise

NFC West
Los Angeles franchise
Dallas Cowboys
San Fransisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks

NFC Central
Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons

There would
be no NFC South or North

Toronto would be added to the NFC East. Jerry Jones isn’t going to like being sent to the new (old) NFC Central but it had to be done to make the divisions fit geographically. Adding Carolina and Tampa to the East gives two franchises on the east coast a better fit logistically.

The new LA franchise would go in the NFC West where it has a natural rivalry with the 49ers. We added the Cowboys here because it’s where they fit. Dallas and San Fransisco are two of the most successful franchises in the NFL and they are natural rivals.

The NFC Central is basically the NFC North with the Saints and Falcons. Over the years Atlanta and New Orleans have become a great rivalry and adding them to division makes them a great fit. Having Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, in the same division as Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Teddy Bridgewater will make for some fun games.

All of this is speculation and done for fun. The NFL may never put a team in London. A lot of things could happen and the Rams could be headed over to the UK. The NFL does want to expand and with huge TV markets in London, Toronto, LA, and San Antonio without franchises you can expect the league to do something sooner rather than later.

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