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The NFL released the schedule for the upcoming season which features a record five international games.
Three of the games will be played on familiar grounds in London, while the remaining two will take place for the first time in Frankfurt, Germany.
Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars, Wembley Stadium, October 1, 2023
- 1 Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars, Wembley Stadium, October 1, 2023
- 2 Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo Bills, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, October 8, 2023
- 3 Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, October 15, 2023
- 4 Miami Dolphins vs Kansas City Chiefs, Frankfurt Stadium, November 5, 2023
- 5 Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots, Frankfurt Stadium, November 12, 2023
- 6 NFL International Series Short History
The 2023 International Series will open up with Week 4 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars on October 1 at Wembley Stadium in London. This will be the fifth time in the last six years, the Jaguars play in London and the team has already built a fan base in the UK capital.
The Jaguars are coming off a promising season as they won the division title for the fourth time in franchise history. They became only the second team in NFL history to make it to the Playoffs after a 4-8 start. Jacksonville made history in the Wild Card game as well after coming back from 27-0 against the Los Angeles Chargers to win 31-30 which is the third-largest comeback ever. The Falcons are coming off a disappointing season finishing 7-10 just like the year before and missing the Playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo Bills, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, October 8, 2023
The Jaguars will stay in London for Week 5 as well when they will face up against the Buffalo Bills on October 8 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Bills won the AFC East title for the third consecutive year but lost 27-10 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional championship. The Bills’ season was marked by Damar Hamlin’s injury and the Bills are hoping to have the safety back for the beginning of the 2023 campaign.
Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, October 15, 2023
The same stadium will welcome the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans on October 15. This will be the first time since 2017 for the Ravens and the first time since 2018 for the Titans to be a part of the international games. Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons. The Ravens lost in the Wild Card game to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Titans finished the season with seven consecutive losses missing the post-season for the first time since 2018.
Miami Dolphins vs Kansas City Chiefs, Frankfurt Stadium, November 5, 2023
Frankfurt, the fifth biggest city in Germany, will host NFL games for the first time. The reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the Miami Dolphins on November 5 at Frankfurt Stadium. The Chiefs are back in the International Series after they played in Mexico City in 2018 and 2019. The Dolphins returned to the Playoffs for the first time since 2016 but failed to win their first post-season game since 2000 after losing to the Buffalo Bills.
Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots, Frankfurt Stadium, November 12, 2023
The following week, on October 12, the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts will square off at the same venue. Both teams are coming off a season in which they missed the Playoffs.
NFL International Series Short History
The NFL started the International Series back in 2007 at Wembley Stadium when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Ever since, there has been at least one game per season played in London and the UK capital has hosted as many as 33 NFL games so far. Most of them have been played at Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Twickenham Stadium have also seen NFL action.
In 2016, an NFL game was played in Mexico City when the Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Texans 27-20. Estadio Azteca has hosted 5 games ever since.
Last year, Germany hosted an NFL for the first time. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
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