That would’ve been a huge mistake by the NFL.
But fortunately, the league came to their senses, and instead of the Bengals, they’re sending the Minnesota Vikings to London to take on the Saints.
This is a big win for football fans — specifically, fans in Louisiana.
The Saints’ home matchup against the Bengals is going to be one of the biggest games of the year. It should absolutely be NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup the week it’s played.
Why the hype?
Because of Joe Burrow, of course.
This will be Burrow’s first time playing in Louisiana since leading LSU to a win against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship Game in New Orleans in early 2020.
It will also be star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase’s first time playing in Louisiana since that championship game as well (Chase opted out of the 2020 season at LSU).
The Bengals and the Saints have two of the best fan bases in all of sports. When you combine those two fan bases with Burrow’s return to Louisana, it makes for a huge game that should be absolutely electric. Moving that game to London would’ve been an insult to NFL fans in New Orleans and Cincinnati who are already excited about Burrow’s return to the Boot.
I know the NFL wants to grow the game overseas. And one of the best ways to do that would be to send Burrow, one of the NFL’s biggest stars right now, to London. I completely understand why that was an attractive option for the NFL.
Fortunately, logic prevailed and we all get the game we deserve in 2022. Burrow’s return to the Superdome is going to be an incredible scene and we should all be thankful that we aren’t getting robbed of this special moment.
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