Ahead of the full schedule reveal coming up Thursday night, the National Football League have revealed their international schedule with two games in Germany and three in England.
Despite the news, earlier this week, that the NFL might not be in position to reveal the 2023 schedule this week, the league have reaffirmed their intentions with the announcement of games to take place in Europe, this autumn.
The 2023 London Games will kick off the international slate with three straight Sundays of games in London. On October 1st, the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue their long commitment to London and Wembley Stadium when they host the Atlanta Falcons.
The glitz and glamour will then take itself over to Totty House, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, for the next two weekends. On October 8th, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play visitor to the Buffalo Bills before the series concludes on October 15th with the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Tennessee Titans. All games will begin at 2:30pm UK time, 9:30am ET, before the regular early slot of games that begin at 6pm (1pm ET).
This season will be historic as it will mark the first that will feature the same team will play internationally twice within the same season. The Jacksonville Jaguars will host in one week and play visitors in the next. Already established as “London’s team,” the Jags will likely remain in England for the week between the games, conducting their practices in and around the nation’s capital.
Once London’s games are in the rear view, attention will turn to Germany. After completing a successful game in Munich last year, played between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks, the attention now shifts to Frankfurt, where two games will be played in back-to-back weeks in November.
First, on November 5th, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Miami Dolphins. This was originally slated to be the Chicago Bears visiting but it was reported by Peter King that the Chiefs had requested that the Bears game not be the one taken off their home slate at Arrowhead Stadium. Each team that hosts an international game is allowed to protect one game and the Chiefs made their choice clear.
In the final of five European games, the Indianapolis Colts will be the visiting team against the designated home team, the New England Patriots. This game was a hot ticket in the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning years and could see the international debut of the Colts’ fourth overall draft pick, Anthony Richardson.
The remainder of the league’s schedule will be released on Thursday night. This reveal will come with further intrigue, determining who will face off on key dates such as primetime games on ESPN and Amazon Prime, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Black Friday games. Full impact analysis will follow on JEZ Sports over the weekend.
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