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Samsonite Make Your Case: International flare
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The Patriots have played a pair of games recently in London, and on Sunday they'll take part in their first regular-season contest in Mexico. The team has fared well while playing internationally after taking a pair of convincing wins across the pond against the Bucs in 2009 and the Rams in 2012.
Obviously the strange venues have done little to slow down the Patriots so we started thinking about what possible destination would be next on the list. Should New England head back to London, or try something different? How about opening up new possibilities in Europe or Asia?
There's obviously no right or wrong answer, just strictly a matter of preference. This week's Samsonite Make Your Case question is - What international destination would you like to see the Patriots play in next? Read
PFW's Andy Hart says ...
It's pretty clear that the NFL would like to expand its product globally and there could even be a time when a franchise calls London home in the not-so-distant future. The Patriots have enjoyed two terrific trips across the pond, where they've been met by thousands of passionate and loyal fans. The UK is a home away from home for New England and it's an easy destination for all involved.
The International Series is growing by leaps and bounds and it's time for the Patriots to make another trip to London to offer their UK fans a look at the game played at its highest level. Too often the games overseas have featured sloppy football with lots of mistakes.
PFW's Paul Perillo says ...
The Patriots have been to London and now they've been to Mexico for regular-season games. It's time to start expanding our horizons and live a little.
Germany is a place that has been talked about often, and any trip to Europe would make sense. But I'd like to see the league truly attempt to market itself globally and head to Australia.
It's been almost 20 years (1999) since the league played a preseason game Down Under, so why not go back and see how the locals embrace the current product? And if the league does decide to change its mind and head to Australia, what better team to represent the NFL's product than the Patriots?
It's time to try something different because at this point the International Series has grown stale. Think outside the box and go walkabout.
Now it's your turn to cast your vote in this week's Samsonite Make Your Case poll question.