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.

Super Bowl 2019 result: New England Patriots win sixth title as Los Angeles Rams are beaten 13-3 in Atlanta

4 Feb

Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl as New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

The 41-year-old superstar quarterback threw for 262 yards and engineered the game’s only touchdown drive as Sony Michel punched the ball in to give New England the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Tom Brady won a sixth Super Bowl

Julian Edelman – voted MVP with 141 yards receiving – and Rob Gronkowski also shined for New England, who now tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.

The pair had 228 of New England’s 262 receiving yards, with both nabbing key receptions in the touchdown drive.

With the Patriots needing a score to tighten their grip on the Vince Lombardi trophy, Brady delivered.

Starting at their own 31, the veteran quarterback found Gronkowski with a short pass for 19 yards, then, out of the gun, hit Edelman for a 13-yard completion.

Now at the Rams’ 38-yard line, Brady found Rex Burkhead with a short seven-yard pass before finding 87 again as Gronkowski beat two defenders to finish two yards shy.

This was the only redzone visit of the night and Michel took advantage of good blocking to score his sixth postseason touchdown.

Plaudits should also go to the New England defence, who contained Jared Goff to just 229 yards and the Rams to just three points – having scored an average of 32.9 per game in the regular season.

Super Humans

New England Patriots Super Bowl wins: six

Tom Brady Super Bowl wins: six

Bill Belichick Super Bowl wins: six

The strong Patriots defensive performance was capped off when Stephon Gilmore read Goff and secured a pick on the New England two-yard line with just over four minutes remaining.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring championship game in the history of the NFL, and it was the Rams who has their tails up early when cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman tipped Brady’s pass and linebacker Cory Littleton slid in for an interception.

The Vince Lombardi trophy is held aloft in Atlanta

However Los Angeles were unable to capitalise going three-and-out – bringing in punter Johnny Hekker for the first of his six punts in the opening 30 minutes.

The Rams failed to convert a third-down in the first half, and finished the opening half with 57 yards on offence.

But crucially, the New England offence was unable to put anything on the board in the first quarter – Stephen Gostkowski missing a 46-yard field goal.

Gostkowski was true with the boot from 42 yards early in the second as the Patriots went into the locker room 3-0 up.

At 41 years old, Brady is the oldest player to start, and to win, a Super Bowl

The second half started in a similar vain to the first with defences prevailing and punters drafted in on three-and-outs.

Hekker grabbed himself a Super Bowl record when he sent the ball down 65 yards on a third-quarter punt – beating the old record by a solitary yard.

On their ensuing possession, the Rams drew the game level as Goff drove his side 42 yards including a deep pass to Robert Woods for 18 yards.

A vital sack on third and seven meant Los Angeles had to settle for three, with Greg Zuerlein doing the honours.

It would turn out to be the Rams’ only score all night as the Patriots found the end zone for a 10-3 lead with seven minutes left before Goff was picked off with less than five remaining.

Gostkowski made it a two-score game late in the fourth when he converted a 41-yard attempt.

For the Rams, it was do or die.

A holding penalty brought the drive back before it had even begun, but as the 24-year-old pushed the Rams down the field, so the clock ticked down.

Zuerlein was drafted in for a 48-yard field goal attempt with eight ticks remaining, which would have reduced the deficit to seven.

The attempt veered left and Brady took a knee to secure the title.

NFL London games for 2019 announced as Super Bowl bound Los Angeles Rams play the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Chicago Bears face the Oakland Raiders

21 Jan

The NFL has announced the four London games set to be played in 2019.

Next season will see the Super Bowl bound Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the English capital.

LA Rams celebrate Greg Zuerlein’s game-winning field goal against the New Orleans Saints which saw them reach Super Bowl LIII.

The matches also see the Houston Texans make their London bow with a clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Carolina Panthers are also make their debut in the capital as they meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the fourth tie sees the Chicago Bears face the Oakland Raiders, who lost to the Seattle Seahawks at Wembley in 2018.

Two games will be played at Wembley Stadium and two at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the dates and times are yet to be announced.

So why should you be excited by the four fixtures announced? talkSPORT’s NFL presenter Will Gavin gives us the lowdown.

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

An NFC South divisional rivalry game with a team playing in London for the first time – what’s not to love?! The NFC South has recently been one of the most competitive divisions in football, coming within three points of providing 3 Super Bowl teams in 4 years last weekend.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is heading to London.

The Panthers, if Cam Newton is fit, have been consistently fun to watch but it’s the home team I’m most intrigued by. Hampered by poor coaching over recent years the Bucs have a lot of talent, and this offseason have brought in one of the most exciting head coaches in Bruce Arians.

Arians loves to have the quarterback throw the ball deep, his QB Jameis Winston loves to take risks – this game should be a lot of fun!

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders

The Chicago Bears are reigning NFC North Champions after winning 12 games this past year and have one of the most exciting young and creative head coaches in football, plus their fearsome defense, led by Khalil Mack, are as close to the vintage 1985 Bears they’ve ever been.

Khalil Mack is one of the top defensive players in the NFL.

The Raiders had a rough 2018, but with three first round picks in the upcoming NFL draft could turn up with one of the most dynamic young teams the NFL has to offers.

Oh, and the Bears’ superstar defensive player, the aforementioned Mack, is a former Oakland Raider – adding some extra spice to this contest!

These are two of the most followed teams in the UK so expect a phenomenal atmosphere.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Los Angeles Rams

The Super Bowl bound Los Angeles Rams! We could have the Super Bowl champions in London in back-to-back seasons should they be successful – exclusively live on talkSPORT on Sunday, February 3. That in itself is enough to sell this game.
Can quarterback Jared Goff lead the LA Rams to Super Bowl glory?
But the Bengals are an intriguing team themselves – searching for a head coach right now for the first time in 16 years, they are loaded with talent but perennial underachievers at the business end of the season. They’re one of my teams to watch for 2019.

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars return to London for their seventh consecutive season, and it’s another divisional match up as their AFC south rivals the Houston Texans make their London debut.
DeShaun Watson could put on a show in London.

The AFC South gave us two play-off teams this year (including the Texans), and very nearly three – whilst the Jaguars were moments away from the Super Bowl last season, and if they make the expected change at quarterback could easily bounce back from a difficult 2018 to challenge again this coming season.

There are several of the best defensive players in the NFL likely to be on display, plus Texans QB DeShaun Watson and Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins might be the best tandem in the NFL at the moment – another fun match up!

You can listen to live and exclusive UK radio commentary of Super Bowl 53 between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams on talkSPORT – live from Atlanta, Georgia at 11pm.

Super Bowl: New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams – FREE live stream, UK start time and who is playing at half-time

19 Jan

It’s Super Bowl 2019 tonight as the stars of the NFL compete for the prestigious Vince Lombardi Trophy.

This year will be the 53rd edition of the showpiece event in America as the two best teams go head-to-head in Atlanta.

Super Bowl 2019: When is it? What is the UK start time?

We will have a new champion this season after the Philadelphia Eagles lost their NFC Divisional Playoff clash to the New Orleans Saints.

So here’s everything you need to know about the all-star event.

Who is playing?

The Super Bowl pits the champions of the AFC and NFC against one another in the season finale.

Last month saw the Conference Championships games take place as the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC while the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC.

It means Tom Brady’s Patriots and Jared Goff’s Rams will face off at the Super Bowl this evening.

The Patriots have won the Super Bowl on five occasions, most recently in 2017, while the Rams were victorious in 2000 when they were known as the St. Louis Rams.

Super Bowl 2019 will be held at the incredible Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
Super Bowl 2019 will be held at the incredible Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

When is it and where?

This year’s showpiece event will take place on Sunday, February 3 and is being held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons.

What is the UK start time?

The kick off for the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ will be at 11:30pm UK time.

Can Tom Brady or Drew Brees win the Super Bowl this season?

Who is the half-time show?

The traditional half-time show sees the biggest artists in music take to the pitch in an extended break.

This year Maroon 5 will be headlining the performance with special guest appearances from Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Where to listen and where to watch it

The game is live on talkSPORT tonight and you can click below to listen.

On television, the BBC and Sky Sports both have the rights to the Super Bowl.

BBC One will begin their coverage at 10:45pm and it will be free to stream on their website providing you have a valid TV licence.

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports USA will be showing the game live with viewers able to see it via Sky Go as well.

Their programme begins at 10pm on both channels.

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.

NFL Matchday Live is on talkSPORT 2 every Sunday with Red Zone updates and exclusive commentary of all Jacksonville Jaguars games. Then talkSPORT brings you Sunday Night Football from 1am plus the play-offs and the Super Bowl

Can the Patriots stay ahead of the Sam Darnold led Jets?
Can the Eagles go all the way again?
Will the Seahawks recover from such a huge turnover in their playing staff?
Can Cam Newton get the Panthers firing again?
Aaron Rodgers has had a huge pay day but can he guide the Packers to the top of the NFC North?
Will the Raiders suffer having traded Khalil Mack?
Can the Jaguars continue their emergence as a force in the NFL?
Can the Cleveland Browns win a game this season?