Jacksonville Jaguars To Host Indianapolis Colts From London in 2016

The Jaguars will finally play a division rival over in London as they will host the Indianapolis Colts next October.

From NFL Media:

2016 UK INTERNATIONAL SERIES GAMES CONFIRMED:

 

SCHEDULE FEATURES THREE GAMES, A NEW STADIUM, AT LEAST THREE NEW TEAMS

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

NFC EAST OPPONENT vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS

WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs. CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Three games.  A new stadium.  At least three new teams.

 

Those are among the highlights of the 2016 UK International Series schedule as the NFL will reward its incredible UK fans for their passion and support by adding a new stadium experience at Twickenham and feature at least three teams that have not previously played a regular-season game in London.

 

The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS will host the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS in an AFC South division matchup in Week 4 on Sunday, October 2, at Wembley Stadium; in Week 7 on Sunday, October 23, in the first-ever NFL game at Twickenham Stadium, the ST. LOUIS RAMS will host the NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as the Rams do in the NFC West based on the NFL’s scheduling formula; and in Week 8 on Sunday, October 30, the CINCINNATI BENGALS will play their first international game when they host the WASHINGTON REDSKINS at Wembley.

 

The formula for the second game means that the Rams will face either the Philadelphia Eagles making their first regular-season trip to the UK, the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants making return visits, or Washington becoming the first team to play in consecutive weeks in London.

 

“The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming,” said NFL CommissionerROGER GOODELL.  “We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year.  We look forward to welcoming new fans to their first NFL game in 2016 and welcoming back thousands of others that are helping our sport grow to new levels of popularity in London and beyond.”

 

The game times and a possible additional International Series game outside of the UK will be announced at a later date.

 

The 2016 UK International Series schedule:

 

Week

Date

Visiting Team

Home Team

Site

4

Sunday, October 2

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Wembley Stadium

7

Sunday, October 23

NFC East Opponent

St. Louis Rams

Twickenham Stadium

8

Sunday, October 30

Washington Redskins

Cincinnati Bengals

Wembley Stadium

 

The Jaguars will return to London for a fourth consecutive year.  Jacksonville first committed to playing a home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley, and last month extended that commitment through 2020.  The Jaguars will play their first division game in London when they host the Colts, a first-time participant in the International Series.

 

The St. Louis Rams will return to London for the first time since 2012 when they play host to an NFC East opponent based upon the order of finish in the 2015 regular-season standings.

 

The Bengals will play the first game in franchise history beyond the borders of the United States when they host Washington.  The AFC North leaders have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.

 

Washington may play in consecutive weeks in London in 2016, depending on the final standings.  At minimum, they will face the Bengals in Week 8.  Washington will play in London in 2016 for the first time since a 1992 preseason American Bowl game at the old Wembley Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.

 

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, either 23 or 24 teams will have played in London since the inception of the International Series in 2007.   Since that time, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK.  Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million.

 

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures showing that 40,000 people age 16 or older play regularly.

 

A look at the 14 previous International Series games played at London’s Wembley Stadium:

 

Date

Visiting Team

Score

Home Team

Score

Attendance

October 28, 2007

New York Giants

13

Miami Dolphins

10

81,176

October 26, 2008

San Diego Chargers

32

New Orleans Saints

37

83,226

October 25, 2009

New England Patriots

35

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7

84,254

October 31, 2010

Denver Broncos

16

San Francisco 49ers

24

83,941

October 23, 2011

Chicago Bears

24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18

76,981

October 28, 2012

New England Patriots

45

St. Louis Rams

7

84,004

September 29, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers

27

Minnesota Vikings

34

83,518

October 27, 2013

San Francisco 49ers

42

Jacksonville Jaguars

10

83,559

September 28, 2014

Miami Dolphins

38

Oakland Raiders

14

83,436

October 26, 2014

Detroit Lions

22

Atlanta Falcons

21

83,532

November 9, 2014

Dallas Cowboys

31

Jacksonville Jaguars

17

83,603

October 4, 2015

New York Jets

27

Miami Dolphins

14

83,986

October 25, 2015

Buffalo Bills

31

Jacksonville Jaguars

34

84,021

November 1, 2015

Detroit Lions

10

Kansas City Chiefs

45

83,624

 

 


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