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Three teams to make London debuts next season


The NFL will feature three games to be played on consecutive weeks in London next season, the league announced Thursday.

The number of games is a reduction from the four contested during the 2017 season.

The Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans will be playing their first regular-season games in England. By the conclusion of the 2018 season, this will leave just the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers as the lone clubs yet to have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean for an NFL contest.

“We continue to be very excited by the growth of the NFL in the UK,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell 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.”

The Seahawks and Oakland Raiders will kick off the festivities on Oct. 14 at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The Eagles will play the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Titans will challenge the Los Angeles Chargers, with both games to be contested at Wembley Stadium. The order of those games will be announced closer to the season.

The Raiders, Jaguars and Chargers will be considered the home team in their respective games in London.

Game times for each contest will be announced at a later date. The NFL releases the full 2018 schedule around mid-April.

“This is another important year as we develop our plans for London and the UK,” said Mark Weller, the NFL’s executive vice president of events and international. “By playing games on three consecutive weeks we will learn a lot, both from the fans buying tickets and attending games, and from a logistics and organizational standpoint.

“We are very excited about playing our first game at Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium and will follow our usual pattern of playing one game in our first season at a new venue, as we did at Wembley and Twickenham in previous years. This enables us to achieve important learnings relating to the fans’ preferences, ticketing, team logistics and local transportation and infrastructure in order to create the best possible experience and environment. We will play an additional game at Tottenham in a future season, over and above the planned two per year, to make up for this.”

The NFL kicked off its series of regular-season games in London in 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on their way to winning the Super Bowl.


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