Lions to return to London in 2015
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Let’s see: Go to raucous Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to play the Chiefs, or back to London, England, to face them on a neutral field?
It’s a no-brainer for the Detroit Lions.
Less than two weeks after the Lions returned from London, the NFL announced Thursday that they’re returning next year.
The Lions will play the Chiefs on November 1, in Week 8 of the 2015 season, at Wembley Stadium.
The game will be counted as a home game for the Chiefs.
"I’ll take that any day," Lions center Dominic Raiola said.
"I’ve played in Kansas City," running back Reggie Bush added. "It’s a tough environment."
The Detroit-Kansas City matchup is one of three games confirmed by the league for next season in London. The other two are Miami vs. the New York Jets on October 4, and Jacksonville vs. Buffalo on October 25.
Game times will be announced at a later date.
In the Lions’ last game, which started at 9:30 a.m. Detroit time, they rallied from a 21-point deficit for a thrilling, last-second victory over the Atlanta Falcons on October 26 in London.
"We’re excited to go back," Lions president Tom Lewand said. "We had a good experience this year.
"It’s a testament to our fans and to our team that we were invited back. I think the amount of support that our fans, both here that traveled over to London and those over there, was incredibly significant.
"It’s an opportunity for us. It was an opportunity this year to play the Falcons on a neutral site. It will be an opportunity next year to play the Chiefs on a neutral site.
"Let’s face it, we’ve got a little bit of an advantage by going back the second time. You know what you’re getting into. You know what to do and what not to do."
Lewand reiterated the organization’s stand that the Lions "would not give up a home game in Detroit" to play in London.
But if someone else wants to give up their home-field advantage for a week, no problem, count the Lions in.