Trip to London far from 1st game outside of US for Cowboys

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Trip to London far from 1st game outside of US for Cowboys

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 8:31 PM

VALLEY RANCH -- The Dallas Cowboys' game in London against the Jaguars will be one of three regular season games that the NFL will play in Europe next season.

“They've been playing those games here for the last few years and we would never play a home game over there, but certainly an away game will be good,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

In the past, the cowboys have played nine international games, including four in Mexico -- where in 1994, the field wasn't exactly up to NFL standards.

“It wasn't exactly ideal out there, that's for sure,” Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said after that game. “Neither is standing right here under the water.”

The Cowboys also got their passport stamped twice in Tokyo.

“It was a great experience,” Cowboys linebacker Dat Nguyen said after that game. “I didn't know what to expect.”

And they've made two trips to London, the first in 1986 and the second 1993. Head coach Jason Garrett was a player on that 1993 team.

“It’s a great opportunity for our organization to go over there and play, and we're going to do what we need to do logistically to play our best,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett Thursday.

In 1995, the Cowboys also played a game in Toronto.

This will be the first time they play a regular-season game overseas. Head coach Jason Garrett says he'll have to figure out how to prepare his team, because this one will count in the standings.

“I don't know that answer,” Garrett said. “I think you have to ask the teams that have been over there.”

“The experience of that and how the league is evolving, it’s just part of what's going to happen,” quarterback Tony Romo said.

“I don't know all the travel stuff or how much time we'd have out there, but I think it’s just a great opportunity,” said Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

As for now, travel logistics and their schedule for the week have not been set.

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