The NFL’s International Series returns to London next weekend (September 24th) when the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.
It is the first of four games set to take place in the capital this season, as American football continues its surge in popularity across the UK, and it’s set to be a competitive affair.
The Jaguars started their campaign in style with a comprehensive 29-7 win over their division rivals the Houston Texans, showing a huge improvement in form after only winning three of their 16 games in 2016/17.
Leonard Fournette, who Jacksonville selected in the first round of this year’s draft, was a key part of the victory. Leading the team with 100 yards rushing, the former Louisiana State University player provided an offensive toughness that was perhaps missing last year.
Calais Campbell was also instrumental in the win, finishing his debut game with 3.5 sacks and proving to be a constant threat to the Texas offensive line.
Similarly, the Baltimore Ravens started their season with a decisive 20-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The result was mainly thanks to the team’s defence, who intercepted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton four times and stopped him from making plays downfield.
After recovering from a pre-season shoulder injury, quarterback Joe Flacco only threw for 121 yards with one touchdown and an interception, but the result suggests the defence can be relied on while Flacco returns to form.
It will be Jacksonville’s fifth home game at Wembley, and the Florida franchise has seen its support grow significantly over time. Expect a raucous atmosphere!
How can I get to London?
The NFL International Series attracts fans from all over Europe, meaning you can expect London’s transport terminals to become a sea of jerseys from all 32 teams.
Unfortunately, this also means travelling to Wembley can be difficult if it is not planned properly. Many local roads shut close to kick-off (2:30pm) and you can expect car parks to be at maximum capacity for most of the day.
To take some of the hassle out of your trip, consider booking a coach trip to the stadium. Services are available throughout the day and you could even travel down on the Friday or Saturday for a weekend getaway.
Plus, you will have a guaranteed seat reservation and plenty of luggage space - a massive upgrade over a congested train carriage!