2017 London games: NFL announces which teams will be playing

The NFL today announced the four games that will take place in London next season, the first time the league will play four games – half of a home schedule of regular-season games – in the UK capital.

The 2017 London games:

(Week; Date; Visiting Team vs. Home Team; Site)

Week Date Visiting Team Home Team Site
3 or 4 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 Baltimore Ravens Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium
3 or 4 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 New Orleans Saints Miami Dolphins Wembley Stadium
7 or 8 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 Minnesota Vikings Cleveland Browns Twickenham Stadium
7 or 8 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 Arizona Cardinals Los Angeles Rams Twickenham Stadium

The London schedule will feature consecutive games in Weeks 3 and 4 at Wembley Stadium – the home of English soccer – and Weeks 7 and 8 at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby.  The game times and dates will be finalized in conjunction with the revealing of the full 2017 NFL schedule next spring.

Three teams will play their first regular-season games in London in 2017 – the Arizona Cardinals, the visiting team against their NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham in Week 7 or 8; the Baltimore Ravens, the visiting team against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in Week 3 or 4; and the Cleveland Browns, the home team against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 or 8 at Twickenham.

The Miami Dolphins will play their fourth regular-season game in London, this time against the New Orleans Saints, who make their second appearance in a regular-season game in the UK.  The Jaguars will play a home game in London for the fifth consecutive season.

At the conclusion of the 2017 season, 26 teams will have played in London since the inception of the London Games Series in 2007.  Since that time, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK. Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent. This season, the NFL is on pace to reach a record number of unique TV viewers in the UK.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million, including close to four million avid fans.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures from Sport England showing that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly. American football is now an officially recognized sport in UK universities and schools.

A look at the 17 previous regular-season games played in London:

Game   Date Stadium Visiting Team Score Home Team Score Attendance
1 10/28/07 Wembley New York Giants 13 Miami Dolphins 10 81,176
2 10/26/08 Wembley San Diego Chargers 32 New Orleans Saints 37 83,226
3 10/25/09 Wembley New England Patriots 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 84,254
4 10/31/10 Wembley Denver Broncos 16 San Francisco 49ers 24 83,941
5 10/23/11 Wembley Chicago Bears 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 76,981
6 10/28/12 Wembley New England Patriots 45 St. Louis Rams 7 84,004
7 9/29/13 Wembley Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Minnesota Vikings 34 83,518
8 10/27/13 Wembley San Francisco 49ers 42 Jacksonville Jaguars 10 83,559
9 9/28/14 Wembley Miami Dolphins 38 Oakland Raiders 14 83,436
10 10/26/14 Wembley Detroit Lions 22 Atlanta Falcons 21 83,532
11 11/9/14 Wembley Dallas Cowboys 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 17 83,603
12 10/4/15 Wembley New York Jets 27 Miami Dolphins 14 83,986
13 10/25/15 Wembley Buffalo Bills 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 34 84,021
14 11/1/15 Wembley Detroit Lions 10 Kansas City Chiefs 45 83,624
15 10/2/16 Wembley Indianapolis Colts 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 30 83,764
16 10/23/16 Twickenham New York Giants 17 Los Angeles Rams 10 74,121
17 10/30/16 Wembley Washington Redskins 27 Cincinnati Bengals 27 84,488

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