The NFL plans to unveil the full schedule for 2018 tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, however, there will be numerous “leaks” before and then, also, announcements in pieces like this one today. The Jaguars now know the day and game time for their annual London “home” game already designated against the Superbowl champion Eagles.
The league made it official Thursday morning:
— NFL (@NFL) April 19, 2018
So, even though, the Jaguars made their usual request for the game to be in September or early October due to the heat in North Florida for early home games, the NFL chose the last Sunday in October for the game.
From the NFL’s release:
The three-game London slate offers international fans a bevy of enticing matchups. Raiders coach Jon Gruden will meet the London media just over a month into his ballyhooed return to the sideline. Oakland will try to slow Russell Wilson’s magic as the Super Bowl-winning quarterback breaks in a new offensive coordinator.
The Titans and Chargers matchup pits a surging young quarterback (Marcus Mariota) versus an aging star trying to make one final postseason run before the sun sets (Philip Rivers). Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram trying to chase Mariota will be one of the better clashes of 2018. The Eagles and Jags will each be coming off postseason runs, and will again boast two of the best defenses in the NFL. All indications are MVP candidate Carson Wentz will be back on the sideline for the Eagles’ trip to London.
Jaguars fans will be eager to learn the dates and times for the upcoming home games with the Patriots and the Steelers, which are both playoff rematches. And, as we wrote previously, both of those games are candidates to be prime time Thrusday, Sunday or Monday night games this fall.
Also, it’s unclear if the NFL will give the Jags, Eagles, or any of the teams playing in London a bye week right after their game. It is something that used to be policy, but in the last couple of years, the league has gone away from the bye week as an automatic after London.
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