Goodell said the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 29th, next year, nearly a month before the 49ers beat the holy hell out of the Jaguars on October 27th.
Fan reaction to the news of a second game, this time with two actual NFL-caliber teams, was loud and excited. “Nobody would admit aloud they were disappointed with getting stuck with the Jaguars,” barrister Lyle Rotterdam, 33, said. “But, truly, we’re very pleased to see the Vikings of Minnesota and the Steelers play. It more than makes up for being subjected to the other game.”
The new Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, had announced last month with a straight face that he was excited to grow the brand of his new team in the UK, and had inked a deal for the Jags to play four “home” games in London over the next four years.
Speculation has been rampant all over the country that the Jags might find themselves moving to London at some point in the future, if not Los Angeles. Khan insisted when he bought the team that he was committed to keeping the team in Jacksonville, then as quick as he could, agreed to play games in London, giving up one home game at Everbank Field each season.
“Oh, they still play the majority of their matches in Jacksonville, do they?” said Manchester United fan Daniel Stokes, 51. “I thought they rotated their matches all over the country, like your Harlem Globetrotters. Fun blokes, them. I saw them on the telly once. Throwing buckets of confetti at the crowd and such. Perhaps if the Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew tried that, they’d get more fans.”