With the buzz intensifying for the Jaguars trip to Pittsburgh and the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, it’s a game in 2018 with the other Pennsylvania team that is making news Thursday morning.
A report on Philly.com says that the Eagles will be the Jaguars opponent for their 2018 London game at Wembley Stadium, when the league announces it’s schedule in April. Jacksonville has a multi-year agreement with the NFL to be a “host” franchise of games in England.
The NFL did hold a press conference in London Thursday and officially announced the game and potential two dates of the game:
Coming to London in 2018…
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) January 11, 2018
Interestingly, the Eagles were to have arguably been the top draw of 2018 home opponents had the game been played in Jacksonville. This after the amazing season being put together by QB Carson Wentz over the first 13 games (11-2). Wentz tore his ACL at the end of the Eagles win in December at the L.A. Rams and is out until next season. The Eagles are still the #1 seed in the NFC Playoffs, hosting the Falcons this weekend.
Philly’s hope is Wentz will be ready for the start of the 2018 season and that means for this match-up in London, now. And, with the Jags coming off a division title and playoff win this past week, this is definitely an attractive game for the European fans.
The Jaguars also have out of division home games next year with the Steelers, Patriots and Jets in the AFC and the Redskins from the NFC. A really good slate still for season ticket holders.
The Jaguars destroyed the Ravens 44-7 in their London “home” game back in September. They also defeated the Colts at Wembley in 2016. So, they’ve had some good experiences recently, and owner Shad Khan maintains that the franchise will continue to play at least one home game in London annually.
The Philly.com item also says that the Seahawks and the Raiders, featuring new coach Jon Gruden, as well as the Titans with QB Marcus Mariota and the Chargers will also be playing in London next season.
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