The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of several finalists to play a regular season game in the United Kingdom in 2008.

But the Buccaneers will not be playing in England this year. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the New Orleans Saints will host the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 26 in London.

The National Football League is expected to announce the official overseas game, which will be played at Wembley Stadium, this week as the New York Giants and New England Patriots prepare to clash in Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

In addition to New Orleans and San Diego, the other teams that received consideration for the overseas game were Kansas City, Seattle and Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers have traveled overseas to play a game before. Just months after winning Super Bowl XXXVII, Tampa Bay played the New York Jets in the 2003 preseason in Tokyo.

Tampa Bay was not opposed to playing one of its 2008 regular season games in the United Kingdom, where the Glazer family's Manchester United soccer team calls home.

However, several media outlets are reporting that the NFL wanted this particular game to feature two high-scoring offenses. Tampa Bay's offense ranked 18th in the NFL and averaged 21 points per game during the 2007 regular season.

The NFL is expected to release the regular season schedules for all 32 teams in March or April.

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