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NFL schedules 8 teams for 2017 London games

The NFL announced the eight teams playing four games in London next year.

The NFL announced on Tuesday the four games that will take place in London next season, the first time the league will play four games in one season in London.

The games will take start on either Week 3 or 4 next season and run through either Week 7 or 8, with the dates ranging from late September or early October until late October. The four games are equivalent to half a regular-season home schedule in London as the NFL looks to expand its international presence.

The four games will feature the Baltimore Ravens against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New Orleans Saints against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings against the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium (the second team listed in those games will be considered the home team). Wembley Stadium is the home of English soccer and Twickenham Stadium is the home of English rugby.

The dates will be finalized during the announcement of the full NFL schedule next spring.

Next year’s slate of games will be the first regular-season games in London for three of the teams – the Cardinals, the Ravens and the Browns.

The Jaguars have played four games in London and the Dolphins have played three games there.

At the conclusion of the 2017 season, 26 teams will have played in London since the inception of the London Games 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, according to the NFL.  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, including close to 4 million avid fans.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures from Sport England showing that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly. American football is now an officially recognized sport in UK universities and schools.

NFL’s 2017 Regular Season Games in London

Week
Date Visiting Team Home Team Site
3 or 4 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 Baltimore Ravens Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium
3 or 4 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 New Orleans Saints Miami Dolphins Wembley Stadium
7 or 8 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 Minnesota Vikings Cleveland Browns Twickenham Stadium
7 or 8 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 Arizona Cardinals Los Angeles Rams Twickenham Stadium

Past NFL Games in London

Game Date Stadium Visiting Team Score Home Team Score Attendance
1 10/28/2007 Wembley New York Giants 13 Miami Dolphins 10 81,176
2 10/26/2008 Wembley San Diego Chargers 32 New Orleans Saints 37 83,226
3 10/25/2009 Wembley New England Patriots 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 84,254
4 10/31/2010 Wembley Denver Broncos 16 San Francisco 49ers 24 83,941
5 10/23/2011 Wembley Chicago Bears 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 76,981
6 10/28/2012 Wembley New England Patriots 45 St. Louis Rams 7 84,004
7 9/29/2013 Wembley Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Minnesota Vikings 34 83,518
8 10/27/2013 Wembley San Francisco 49ers 42 Jacksonville Jaguars 10 83,559
9 9/28/2014 Wembley Miami Dolphins 38 Oakland Raiders 14 83,436
10 10/26/2014 Wembley Detroit Lions 22 Atlanta Falcons 21 83,532
11 11/9/2014 Wembley Dallas Cowboys 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 17 83,603
12 10/4/2015 Wembley New York Jets 27 Miami Dolphins 14 83,986
13 10/25/2015 Wembley Buffalo Bills 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 34 84,021
14 11/1/2015 Wembley Detroit Lions 10 Kansas City Chiefs 45 83,624
15 10/2/2016 Wembley Indianapolis Colts 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 30 83,764
16 10/23/2016 Twickenham New York Giants 17 Los Angeles Rams 10 74,121
17 10/30/2016 Wembley Washington Redskins 27 Cincinnati Bengals 27 84,488

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