NFL London Games 2019: New Tottenham stadium and Wembley dates revealed to host four regular season games

17 Apr

The NFL has announced the dates for the 2019 London Games with two at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two at Wembley.

Three 2018 regular season matches were held in England with all being held at Wembley.

Efe Obada sacks Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston

One was scheduled to be at the new Tottenham arena but delays to its construction meant it was moved.

The £1billion stadium is the first purpose built NFL stadium outside of the United States.

Tottenham’s new stadium has a capacity of 62,062

It is equipped with two playing surfaces, one for NFL games and one for Spurs to use.

The inaugural NFL game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will see the Oakland Raiders host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, October 6.

The Raiders have been a fan favourite in the UK and made the journey to London last year. This is ahead of their move to Las Vegas in 2020.

NFL London Games

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders – Sunday, October 6 (Tottenham)

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, October 13 (Tottenham)

Cincinnati Bengels @ LA Rams – Sunday, October 27 (Wembley)

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, November 3 (Wembley)

The second at the new stadium will be on Sunday, October 13 between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will be the home team.

English defensive end Efe Obada exploded onto the NFL scene during the 2018 season with the Panthers with a sack and interception in his first game and was named as the NFC player of the week.

Jared Goff’s LA Rams lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots

After a week’s break, the next match will see the LA Rams host the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley on Sunday, October 27.

Last year’s Super Bowl runner’s up, the Rams, will be hoping their star players like Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald and Jared Goff can inspire them to another run in the post-season.

The final match of the London Games will be on Sunday, November 3, when the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Houston Texans.

The Jags, who share an owner with Fulham, will be playing in their seventh consecutive season in London.

New quarterback Nick Foles, who won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles two seasons ago, will have to content with the defensive might of the the Texans who boast three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt in their ranks.

Nick Foles joined the Jaguars in the off-season

Following this season’s matchups, a total of 31 of the 32 NFL teams will have played games in London.

Ticketing details for all games will be announced in the near future. Fans can register their interest in purchasing tickets by visiting www.nfl.com/uk.

The full NFL schedule for the 2019 season will be announced at 1am on Thursday morning.

NFL highlight: Indianapolis Colts star Quenton Nelson screams before landing brutal hit on Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church

12 Nov

Indianapolis Colts star Quenton Nelson made a huge impact on Sunday night – literally.

The rookie offensive lineman played his part in their 29-26 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars by delivering a brutal hit in the first quarter.

Indianapolis Colts star Quenton Nelson (56) celebrates with a team-mate earlier in the season.

Nothing out of the ordinary you might think but Nelson, in first year with the Colts, screamed while running before he landed the blow on Barry Church, to protect team-mate Marlon Mack and enable him to gain some extra yardage on the play.

The hit allowed Mack to gain a first down and, while it wasn’t picked up initially, the Colts’ own Twitter account highlighted Nelson’s scream, to the delight of many fans.

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Jacksonville Jaguars stars arrested then released after ‘nightclub row over £50,000 bar bill’

28 Oct

Four NFL stars were arrested in London after being involved in a nightclub row over a £50,000 bar bill.

The Jacksonville Jaguars players are in England as they prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley Stadium.

The Jacksonsville Jaguars are in London to play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Accused of attempting to leave the London Reign Showclub without settling their tab, the four men, all in their 20s, were arrested for fraud by the Met Police.

They were released after nine hours in custody. It is understood the club dropped the complaint after the bill was settled.

A source told The Sun: “The total bill was in the region of £50,000 and some of the lads tried to leave the club but were prevented from doing so by security.

“Things got pretty heated and there was a lot of swearing and shouting and things became physical. In terms of preparation for their match, you couldn’t think of anything worse.”

The source added: “It was the West End equivalent of King Kong meeting Godzilla.”

The Jaguars face Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley on Sunday.

Football Association reportedly agrees deal to sell Wembley Stadium to Fulham owner Shahid Khan but ‘buy-back clause will be included

26 Sep

The Football Association has reportedly agreed a deal in principle to sell Wembley Stadium for £600million – but it will include a buy-back clause if the ground is not up to scratch.

American billionaire Shahid Khan wants to take control at the national stadium as he looks to boost his chances of establishing an NFL franchise in the UK.

Shahid Khan during Fulham’s Championship play-off final victory at Wembley

And Khan, who is the owner of NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars and Premier League club Fulham, appears to be a step closer to achieving his dream, with the Financial Times claiming the FA have settled on a deal in principle to complete the sale.

This comes just one day before a crunch vote of the FA board at Wembley which could ratify the terms of the agreement.

The ten-man group will meet tomorrow where chief executive Martin Glenn and chairman Greg Clarke will present the proposals in full, however, the sale will only go through if the board gives a unanimous vote in favour of the motion.

Negotiations have been happening over the past six months when Khan made an offer to buy Wembley, with the promise of a further £300m in future revenues.

The FA have reportedly created a buy-back clause of £100m if the stadium is stripped of its elite status by UEFA

The FA was roundly criticised for even entertaining the idea.

However, the organisation insist it is the ideal way to raise funds to invest in grass roots facilities across the country.

This has not stopped the FA from driving a hard bargain to ensure the future of football at Wembley is protected with Khan looking to utilise the venue for his Jacksonville Jaguars franchise.

And it is understood that the FA will secure the rights to buy back Wembley for just £100m if it is stripped of its elite status by UEFA.

New Orleans Saints faced Miami Dolphins at Wembley in October 2017

The Government have also kept a close eye on things, with demands that the name of the stadium can never be sold off in a commercial sponsorship deal.

There has also been a demand to stage matches such as the FA Cup final will always be staged at the ground in future years.

Some England matches will be played there but the FA are also keen to take the national team on the road for matches to ensure supporters across the country get the chance to watch the Three Lions in action.

Those games are likely to be played over the autumn, when Khan hopes to ensure Wembley is clear to host regular season NFL matches.

NFL Super Computer predicts every division ahead of the new season

5 Sep

The new NFL season is set to start with the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to retain the Super Bowl following their stunning triumph in February.

But they’re not going to have it their own way with the New England Patriots, still led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, gunning for revenge having lost the showpiece in Minneapolis.

Quarterback NIck Foles lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy.

There will be others out to win the Vince Lombardi trophy with the Los Angeles Rams fancied among bookmakers, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who you can hear live on talkSPORT 2 every week as part of our NFL coverage, are also in with a chance thanks to their stunning defense.

But how will the eight divisions of the NFL look at the end of the regular season?

We got talkSPORT’s world famous Super Computer on the case and it’s given us the standings below.

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