3 positive factors for Eagles playing Jaguars during London game in 2018


This year's series of three National Football League games in London will kick-off at Tottenham's new stadium with the Oakland Raiders hosting the Seattle Seahawks on October 14.

By far the biggest and richest league in the United States, the NFL has been inching towards setting up a London-based franchise and has tried to learn something new each season.

The third game that was announced will be between the Tennessee Titans and one of the teams they barely edged out for a wild-card spot, the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders, Chargers, and Seahawks, three of the six teams playing across the pond next season, will all have to travel the 10,000 miles or so to play those games.

"It was an honor to be part of the early wave of regular-season games played overseas back then, and it is every bit the honor to represent the league in London this time around".

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Game times for each contest will be announced at a later date.

The Jaguars will "host" the Eagles on either October 21 or 28.

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". Ravens coach John Harbaugh made clear in the days after the game that the organization wouldn't be volunteering to play in London again in the near future. This year's new twist is to play games on three consecutive weekends. New York Giants in Berlin, Germany; July 1996 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Tokyo, Japan; August 1999 vs. Denver Broncos in Sydney, Australia.

Eagles-Jaguars and Titans-Chargers will be played at Wembley Stadium. "Our best opportunities would be scheduled away games against the Jets or the Rams, but both teams are reluctant to give up home games against the Packers". In fact, all of the games ticketed for London look to be, on paper nine months out, solid matchups.