The NFL has announced the teams that will be taking part in this year’s London games, a year that has been a long time in the making.
The NFL London landscape has been going through numerous changes over the years, but they are still as easily anticipated as any week within the NFL landscape.
Having been absent from the calendar during the 2020 season as a result of the pandemic, whilst they were back in 2021 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins squaring off as well as the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets, this year feels like things well and truly are back to normal.
There will be a game back at Wembley when the Jaguars return to their home away from home and, whilst the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to host two games, as not only will we see the New Orleans Saints, but also the much-anticipated debut of the Green Bay Packers, the final team to play a game in London.
We already know who the home teams are going to be, but with the NFL having just announced the away teams, we now know what the full lineup of games will be and we are sure in for some exciting games:
The Jacksonville Jaguars will face…
The Denver Broncos
It’s a case of home sweet home for the Jaguars, as after not playing there in 2020 because of the pandemic, and playing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2021 due to fixture congestion with the England football team, they get to go back to play under the famous Wembley arch.
Having squeaked out a thriller in last year’s game against the Miami Dolphins thanks to a last-minute field-goal, hopefully things will be a lot more straight-forward for them this time around as they take on the Denver Broncos, who will be led by newly acquired quarterback and former Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.
The Broncos have been to Wembley before, as they squared off against the San Francisco 49ers back in 2010 in their lone international game, so it will be nice for their fans this side of the pond to have a chance to see them once again.
The New Orleans Saints will face…
The Minnesota Vikings
This year will mark the 3rd time that the Saints have come to London following trips back in 2008 and 2017, and the 2nd in which they will be the ‘home’ team, just as they were for their first international game when they beat the then-San Diego Chargers in a 37-32 thriller.
Is this the most star-studded London game?— NFL UK (@NFLUK) July 16, 2020
Ben Roethlisberger ✔️
Antonio Brown ✔️
Le'veon Bell ✔️
Emmanuel Sanders ✔️
Troy Polamalu ✔️
Adrian Peterson ✔️
Greg Jennings ✔️
Everson Griffen ✔️@steelers vs @vikings in 2013 is an underrated classic.
Who was there? pic.twitter.com/Fe4656MjtN
The Green Bay Packers will face…
The New York Giants
Whilst last year’s games were two years in the making given the gap between them, this is a game that is 16 years in the making, as the Packers finally get a chance to bring themselves to the U.K.
And as if the game isn’t special enough on its own, the fact that they will be playing the New York Giants, who are part of NFL UK royalty having taken part in both the inaugural games both at Wembley against the Dolphins in 2007 and at Twickenham in 2016 against the Los Angeles Rams, both of which they won.
Since there’s Yankees-Redsox in London— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) June 30, 2019
1st NFL London game
Giants 13 Dolphins 10
•Jay Feely missed a FG (for Miami)
•Brandon Jacobs 131 yards
•Eli Manning had a 10 yard rushing TD which wasn’t his longest run of the day (18 yards)
•Deion Sanders said Eli was a dual threat pic.twitter.com/3UOpR3i31I
The past two seasons have ended in disappointment for the Packers, being bounced out of the playoffs at the first time of asking despite locking up back-to-back #1 seeds in the NFC, led by two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
A new venue on the list
And of course we also can’t forget the news that there will be another game in Europe this season, the first one that will be coming from Germany, as it has been announced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will ‘host’ the Seattle Seahawks at the Allianz Arena.
With the NFL looking to make a big splash in a country that has always been kind to them going back to the days of NFL Europe, they have certainly given them an intriguing matchup to go with whilst also allowing them to see the G.O.A.T Tom Brady to kick off their four-year agreement to play games in Germany: