NFL Announces 2016 UK International Series Schedule

NFL Announces 2016 UK International Series Schedule

Next season, the United Kingdom will play host to NFL games between the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, and St. Louis Rams and a team yet to be named.

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Following a year in which three NFL games were played in London, the NFL has released the slate of games that will be played next year.

The games are as follows: the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue to play in London each year as they will "host" their division rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 4 on Sunday, October 2nd at Wembley Stadium. The second game will take place in Week 7 on Sunday, October 23rd. This game however will not take place at Wembley. Instead, it will be the first ever NFL game at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, when the St. Louis Rams will host the NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as the Rams do. The London games will conclude in Week 8 on Sunday, October 30th, when the Cincinnati Bengals will play their first international game when they host the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium. 

The Jaguars will return to London for the fourth consecutive year. They began their London play 0-2 but picked up their first victory there this year as the beat the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in thrilling fashion. As for the Colts and Andrew Luck, they will be making the franchise's first ever appearance in London.

In the second game, the Rams will make their second appearance in London. They played there in 2012 and were blown out by the New England Patriots 45-7. For the NFC East team, the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have both made trips to London before. As for the Philadelphia Eagles, they have never gone to Lodon. The Redskins have never played in London but will play there London at least once in 2016 when they play the Bengals. If they finish with the same division placement as the Rams they could potentially be the first NFL team to ever play back-to-back games across the pond. 

In a statement NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said:

"The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming. 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."

Overall, the NFL has done a great job of trying to expand the league outside of America. They also said in addition to London, it might add another game outside of Britain next season.