Scott Bair Raiders to play in first NFL game at Tottenham Stadium in London
11 January, 2018, 21:09
That shouldn't be the case in 2018.
The Redskins will not get to follow up their 2016 London game against the Bengals in 2018. The Jaguars are back again, this time hosting the Eagles and Carson Wentz, who should face a fiery Jacksonville defense in another intriguing game.
Mark Waller, NFL executive vice-president of events and global, said: "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".
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Both sides won their divisions this season and are still involved in the play-offs but the Chargers and Titans narrowly missed out, as a result of slow starts to the season, and will hope for better things next season. But the Raiders are intriguing again with coach Jon Gruden, and could improve quickly with stars like quarterback Derek Carr and defensive end Khalil Mack.
The Dolphins have played more game in London than any team but the Jaguars. That game will be on October 21 or October 28 at Wembley Stadium. This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham a hive of activity 365 days a year and drive the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of London. The league held one game each year there from 2007 to 2012, then added a second annual game in 2013.
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer was the first to report that the National Football League has opted to move the Eagles-Jaguars game from Everbank Stadium to London. The Raiders and Chargers are awaiting construction of new stadiums, and the Jaguars have a long-term agreement to play in London to combat low local revenues in Jacksonville. Tennessee will be considered the road team in the final London showdown.
Highlights from the announcement include three new teams traveling to the UK. Wembley Stadium has another two games as London stages three consecutive weeks of American football for the first time.
The matchups could look bad by October because the league is unpredictable.
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