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Why the Detroit Lions could play in Brazil in 2024

The Detroit Lions are a viable candidate for the NFL’s first international game in Brazil.

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The NFL announced on Wednesday that there will be an international game played in Såo Paulo in 2024. The teams for that game have yet to be announced, but there is a logical case to be made that the Detroit Lions could get that game.

Let’s start with the Miami Dolphins. In late 2021, the NFL began an international marketing rights program, granting teams access to specific regions of the globe for exclusive marketing opportunities. As of right now, only the Dolphins have laid claim to Brazil, making them a leading candidate to play in the 2024 contest there.

Generally speaking, the NFL makes the “home” team in an international contest from the conference that has the extra home game. In 2024, all NFC teams have the ninth home game. So, naturally, if the Dolphins are going to play the Brazil game, it would most likely be as the road team against an NFC opponent.

(Per Albert Breer, an NFC team will be the home team for this game.)

Looking at the Dolphins’ 2024 schedule, they will be playing a total of three NFC opponents on the road next year.

The NFC North team is decided by placement in their respective division. If the Dolphins finish first in the AFC East in 2023, they will play the first-place team in the NFC North. If they finish second, they’ll play the second-place NFC North team.

Well, with four games remaining in the regular season, both the Lions and Dolphins hold two-game leads in their respective division. So while it’s not certain, it’s very likely that those teams will be matched up in 2024.

Throw in the fact that the Lions have not played an international game since 2015, and this seems like a logical choice. However, don’t buy your tickets yet, as an announcement isn’t likely to come for several months.

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