A few months ago, we received a tip on Twitter that Bengals ownership was present in London for the Bills vs Jaguars game, staying in the same hotel as the teams and that they were there to meet about the Bengals playing in London next season. That was all speculation.
Now, rumors are circulating once again that the Bengals will be playing in London next year with the belief that the Bengals will be the home team, playing against either the Eagles or Dolphins. These are just rumors.
FOX Sports Senior NFL writer Alex Marvez Tweeted today that Mike Brown wouldn't give him a definitive answer when he asked if the Bengals had plans for an international game.
In October, NFL teams approved a resolution to extend the NFL's international regular-season series through 2025 and broadens the league’s opportunity to play games in countries other than the United Kingdom, too.
Earlier this year, the NFL and the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur franchise announced an agreement to play a minimum of two games per year during a 10-year partnership at Tottenham’s forthcoming stadium, due to open in the summer of 2018. Wembley Stadium, which has hosted more than a dozen NFL International Series games to date, is expected to continue to host NFL games in future seasons. There have also been rumors this year that the NFL hopes to hold a game in Mexico in the coming years, too.
A 2014 lease agreement between Hamilton County and Paul Brown Stadium allows the Bengals to play two international "home" games. Prior to 2014, the stadium's lease did not allow that. More than half of the NFL's teams have played in at least one game in London since 2007.
The teams the Bengals will be playing in 2016 include the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington at home and the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and New York Giants away. They will also play one of the Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, or Chargers (whoever finishes their division in the same spot as the Bengals) at home and one of the Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans (again, whoever finishes their division in the same spot as the Bengals) away.
The 2016 NFL international series is expected to be announced tomorrow.