JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2018 International Series, the NFL announced today. The game will be played at London's Wembley Stadium on either Sunday, Oct. 21 (Week 7) or Sunday, Oct. 28 (Week 8). No decision has been made as to whether the Jaguars will have their Bye Week immediately following the game against Philadelphia in London.
A total of three games will be played in London in 2018, including the Jaguars' game against Philadelphia. English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is the site of the first game of the 2018 London schedule in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, as the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks. Tottenham's new stadium becomes the third venue to stage a regular-season game in the UK, joining Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium. Over the following two weeks, October 21 and 28, two additional teams will make their London debuts as visiting teams. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of 2017 playoff teams, while the Tennessee Titans will face the Los Angeles Chargers. The order of the games, along with all kickoff times, is to be confirmed.
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The Jaguars, who are 3-2 in London and have won three consecutive games at London's historic Wembley Stadium, will appear in their sixth game in the NFL's International Series in the 2018 season. This marks the Jaguars' third inter-conference game in London and the first since Nov. 9, 2014, when they faced the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 of the 2014 season (L, 17-31).
On Aug. 21, 2012, the Jaguars made history by becoming the first NFL team to commit to playing four home games at Wembley Stadium. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, declared that the Jaguars would play one game each season in the United Kingdom from 2013-16. That deal was later extended through 2020.
On Sept. 24, 2017, the Jaguars defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 44-7, in a Week 3 matchup at Wembley Stadium. The official attendance for the game was 84,592, a then-record for any NFL game played in the United Kingdom. WR Allen Hurns has caught a TD in three consecutive games at Wembley Stadium, and joins Brandon Lloyd and teammate Marcedes Lewis as the only played to catch three or more TD passes at Wembley Stadium. Lewis tied the franchise's single-game record when he hauled in three TD receptions from QB Blake Bortles in the Jaguars' Week 3 victory in London.
The Jaguars' footprint in London continues to grow, as the team has registered over 75,000 fans in the U.K. and rank eighth among NFL teams in European NFL merchandise sales. Below is a look at a few programs the Jaguars have brought to the U.K. in an effort to spread the growth of American football:
JAGTAG: In 2015, the Jaguars launched JagTag, a simplified version of touch American football, tailored to a UK audience, to help encourage more people to play and understand the game. JagTag is now played in 20 London schools, with over 1,250 participants this year. In London schools, JagTag and JagTag Summer Camps are used to promote an active lifestyle, teamwork and self confidence. The national government, through Sport England, has also started funding the JagTag Satellite Clubs program.
JAGUARS SE7ENS CUP: In 2017, the Jaguars put on the second annual seven-on-seven flag football tournament for players of all abilities called the Jaguars Se7ens Cup. The tournament featured two regional brackets in Manchester and London, before a national final in September at Allianz Park Stadium. The winning team, MassFlag Allstars earned a trip to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. In 2018, the Jaguars anticipate 800 tournament participants.
JAGUARS ACADEMY: The second Jaguars Academy took place in 2017, with 170 amateur British and European American football players and coaches attending the three-day residential camp at Brunell University in London. The academy is aimed at players age 18 and above, as well as amateur coaches, and this year's program featured Jaguars alumni Tony Boselli, Mark Brunell, as well as other NFL legends and coaches. The academy aims to help improve the skill, tactics and overall knowledge of the sport with an attempt to help raise the standard of the amateur game in the U.K.
REWARDS ROWS: In 2016, the Jaguars launched the first Reward Rows program to provide 180 children taking part in the JagTag program the chance to attend the Jaguars game at Wembley for free. In 2017, the Jaguars increased the number of participant to 560 in order to reward them for their involvement in JagTag and good behavior and involvement in the community.
LYCAMOBILE JAGUARS JAM: In 2017, the Jaguars launched the first weekly press conference exclusively for UK media and fans with prominent current Jaguars players in order to grow the affiliation with Jaguars players and team. The press conference is streamed on Jaguars social media channels.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The first weekly viewing parties in London launched this season for Jaguars and NFL fans alike to congregate to watch the games. The viewing parties took place at The Bat and Ball in Westfield Stratford, London, and will continue next season.
DRAFT: The Jaguars announced their 5th and 6th round NFL Draft pick live from the UK in 2017. The winner of the 'You Make The Pick' competition made the picks live in London for the third year in a row.
The NFL kicked off its series of regular-season games in London in 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on their way to winning the Super Bowl. The home of English football has now hosted 18 NFL games, with almost 1.5 million fans attending those games. Ticketing details will be announced by NFL UK on January 18. Anyone interested in registering their interest in attending any of the games can do so at www.ticketmaster.com/nfl to ensure they receive all the latest information.
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