The NFL confirmed three thrilling 2018 London games on Wednesday afternoon.
Highlights from the announcement include three new teams traveling to the UK. The Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans will all make their London debuts, whilst Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium will host its first ever NFL game.
The first game of the series sees a marquee matchup between the Raiders and Seahawks on October 14 at the new Spurs stadium. Fireworks should ensue between a Jon Gruden led Oakland team and Pete Carroll's lively 'Hawks.
The quarterback battle between Derek Carr and Russell Wilson will certainly be one to keep an eye on too!
The following two weeks see a return to Wembley, and two more first time appearances in London. The Jaguars are back again, this time hosting the Eagles and Carson Wentz, who should face a fiery Jacksonville defense in another intriguing game.
The LA Chargers are also back and host the Titans who make their debut in London. The order of the Wembley games is yet to be determined.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the release of the fixtures:
“We continue to be very excited by the growth of the NFL in the UK,” he said.
“The fans have demonstrated outstanding support and passion for the NFL over the past 11 seasons and we look forward to some great games in London this year. A key feature of our success is playing in iconic, world-renowned venues like Wembley and Twickenham, and we look forward to playing in what will be another incredible setting for NFL football at Tottenham’s new stadium.”
Tottenham's new stadium at White Hart Lane will become the third stadium in the UK to host an NFL game after Wembley and Twickenham.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “London is the international home of the NFL and I am really excited to welcome the world's best American football stars and their thousands of fans from around the globe back to our city.
“I’m delighted Tottenham Hotspur’s fantastic new stadium is joining the line-up of world-class sports arenas in our great city. Spurs’ new ground will stage one game in its first year of opening and in 2019 we look forward to going back to staging at least four NFL games in London. Once again, London has shown why it is the sporting capital of the world and open to the very best sports events.”
By the end of 2018, 29 of the NFL's 32 teams will have played a game in London and the games keep getting better and better. Three of the six teams traveling over this year made the playoffs (Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Tennessee) and are still in with a chance to make the Super Bowl, whilst only the Raiders failed to have a winning record.
Nevertheless, with Gruden and Carr teaming up, one could expect them to fly high come next season.
With more high-quality action expected, tickets will likely sell out rapidly once again. NFL UK are set to announce ticketing details on January 18.
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