The National Football League’s International Series has, without question, become a fan favorite amongst the UK faithful since its inception in 2007.
After expanding from a single regular season game to two games in 2013, then to three games in 2014, the NFL’s overseas experiment will return with the same format this autumn.
The upcoming season’s matchups were announced prior to the end of last season. On Oct. 4, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins will clash in a battle of American Football Conference Eastern Division rivals; the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars follow on Oct. 25 and the Detroit Lions will tangle with the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 1 to close out the three game series, which will all be contested at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Another interesting twist to the schedule is that fans of the participating teams in the U.S. will have to set their alarm clocks and plan on a little breakfast with some gridiron action. Kickoff for all three games is set for 9:30 a.m. and, with the exception of the Bills-Jaguars contest, will be shown nationwide on the broadcast networks of CBS and FOX and also shown live in the UK on Sky Sports. The Buffalo-Jacksonville game will be shown in their local home TV markets only and also distributed over a digital platform and be available worldwide.
The Dolphins and Jaguars will be making their third overall appearance in the International Series, while the Lions will make their second trip to the UK while the Jets and Chiefs will play in the event for the first time.
Written by: Michael T. Lyle Jr.