NFL London Is Back!
The NFL returns to British shores once again this weekend with box office games to savour as the league continues its ever-expanding international offering.
In keeping with tradition, these matches will be held at two of the UK’s biggest stadiums, state of the art Tottenham Hotspur stadium and the iconic Wembley Stadium and, if last year is anything to go on, we’re expecting a huge turnout.
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The 2023 season will see five games played in Europe, more than ever before, with three matches in London and two in Frankfurt, Germany. Fans across Europe will look forward to being dazzled by some of the finest stars in the league and teams will hope to gain a foothold in Europe as the NFL continues to evolve.
London has been playing host since it first staged a regular-season game in 2007. The Wembley Stadium mudfest saw New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins 13-10 and league officials remain highly engaged with the UK even as they scout European countries for future host cities.
The NFL will not take over the English Premier League for popularity in the UK however it boasts 14 million fans with 3 million deemed “avid” fans. The comparable figures in Germany — which will host two games in November — are 18 million and 3.3 million.
Spain is looking like a strong contender to be the next international host of a regular-season NFL game and fans could see it happen as soon as 2024.
Stadia availability pushes France — Paris specifically — below Spain, at the moment, due to Paris hosting the 2024 Olympics.
NFL London games 2023 fixtures
Sunday October 1st – Atlanta Falcons v Jacksonville Jaguars (Wembley)
Sunday October 8th – Jacksonville Jaguars v Buffalo Bills (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sunday October 15th -Baltimore Ravens v Tennessee Titans (Tottenham Hotspur)
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Lamar Jackson leads his Baltimore Ravens into battle against the Tennessee Titans, while Jacksonville Jaguars play in the other two London matches – ‘away’ to Buffalo Bills, and at ‘home’ to Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta Falcons failed to cover the spread as 3-point underdogs with a 20-6 Week 3 loss at the Detroit Lions, as the Under (47.5) hit. QB Desmond Ridder was sacked 7 times and finished 21-of-38 passing for 201 yards.
The Jaguars also failed to cover in Week 3, losing 37-17 as 7.5-point home favorites vs. the Houston Texans as the Over (43.5) cashed. Jacksonville’s 1st 5 drives went as follows: a missed field goal, a punt, a blocked field goal, a punt, and a fumble. QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 279 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
No team has played more often in London than the Jaguars. The Sunday October 1st game will be their 10th — all but one have been at Wembley Stadium.
The Jaguars keep threatening to leave their home city of Jacksonville, Florida. This time a strong public threat has a new $1 billion price tag attached to it.
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Could the NFL move a franchise to London full time?
That question has become louder and louder in recent years, especially with Shahid Khan’s team set to play two games in London this season. Khan is also the owner of London based Premier League football club, Fulham.
So, who are your dollars on for the opening NFL extravaganza in London?
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