New York Jets-Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins-Jacksonville Jaguars set as 2021 NFL London Video games
Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, the top two picks in the 2021 NFL draft, will hit the international stage this season, with their teams playing in London.
As part of the NFL schedule release, the league announced its return to London on Wednesday. The Atlanta Falcons will host the Wilsons New York Jets on October 10th and Lawrence’s Jacksonville Jaguars on October 17th the Miami Dolphins. Both games will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The NFL didn’t play any international games last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league played four games in London and one in Mexico City last season.
“We have been working closely with the UK Government, the City of London and relevant health organizations over the past year to plan the Games. With the successful launch of vaccines and a commitment to getting spectators back to sporting events, the timing is right came.” Return of NFL football this fall, “said Christopher Halpin, executive vice president and chief strategy and growth officer of the NFL.” We will continue to monitor the COVID environment, with health and safety first, and all future COVID Comply with regulations and restrictions. “
The Jaguars picked Lawrence # 1 on last month’s draft after 1:15 last season, while the Jets picked Wilson # 2 after 2:14 and earlier off-season deal with former starter Sam Darnold.
The NFL began playing in London in 2007 when the Dolphins were hosting the New York Giants, and played at least one game each season there until last year’s hiatus due to the pandemic.
This year’s game is the Jaguars ‘eighth home game in London, while the Dolphins’ fifth game in the city. If the Jets and Falcons play, this will be the second time they have played in London.
When the NFL announced the expansion of the regular season to 17 games per team earlier this season, it said the expanded season will guarantee that every team will play an international game at least every eight seasons starting in 2022. Up to four games with a neutral location are planned, with the focus initially on Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and Great Britain. The league said interested teams can also volunteer to play home games internationally, as they can currently do. Halpin said Germany is one of the countries that could host a game in the coming years.
The full NFL schedule for 2021 will be released on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.