NFL London Games

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The NFL London Games is part of the NFL International Series where teams come over to the UK to play regular-season matches thus giving fans in the UK a chance to witness the NFL live in person, some teams have a good record when coming over, some don't, all that and more is included in this blog.

NFL London Games
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What is the NFL London Games?

Since 2007, the NFL has had an NFL International Series where a selection of NFL teams travel over to the UK to play regular season games giving NFL fans on this side of the pond a chance to see a game live in London. The first-ever NFL London Games (known then as the NFL London Series) matchup took place in October of 2007 when the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins travelled over to play in front of 81,176 fans with a pre-game show from The Feeling. The NFL London Games are very popular in the UK, tickets have been reported as selling out nine months in advance just two days after going on sale in the past!

What NFL Teams are playing in London in 2023?

The 2023 NFL London games kick off in week 4 of the NFL regular season schedule with the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 1st October (14:30 GMT). The Falcons are making their third appearance in the NFL London Series after a 1 point margin loss (22-21) at the hands of the Detroit Lions here at Wembley in 2014. They last visited these shores in 2021 with a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Jaguars are making their tenth appearance in London and looking to register their fifth UK victory, their Wembley record is three wins from eight played with the latest visit resulting in a 21-17 defeat to the Denver Broncos in October 2022.

In Week 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars play their second London game within seven days as they host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday 8th October (14:30 GMT) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jacksonville won on their only previous appearance at the Tottenham Stadium defeating the Miami Dolphins 23-20 in 2021. The Buffalo Bills are making just the second visit to London for a regular season game, their first ended in a 34-31 defeat to the Jaguars at Wembley in 2015.

The final game in the 2023 NFL London Games series is in Week 6 with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Tennessee Titans at the Tottenham Stadium on Sunday 15th October (14:30 GMT). Baltimore's only previous visit to London for a regular season game ended in a heavy 44-7 defeat at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in 2017. Tennessee are also making their second London appearance and will too be looking to atone for a narrow 20-19 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley in 2018.

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Which Franchise has the best NFL London Games record?

There are a number of teams who are unbeaten in the London Series, the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants have the best 100% record having won on all three appearances, whilst the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers have visited twice and won on both occasions. The franchise with the most wins is the Jacksonville Jaguars who have been over the most, they have played nine games and have a 4-5 win/loss record.

Which Franchise has the worst NFL London Games record?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the worst record, they have been over three times and have been defeated in all three games. The Miami Dolphins have lost four times but they have been over five times and did pick up a win in 2014.

NFL London Games 2007-12 - Wembley Stadium

The NFL London Games started in 2007 with that already mentioned game between the Giants and Dolphins which finished in a 13-10 win for the Giants. The series was set up with a 'Super bowl' feel to it by getting in a music act to perform before the game although in more recent years this has become less so due to there being multiple matches.

  • 2007 - The Feeling
  • 2008 - Stereophonics
  • 2009 - Calvin Harris
  • 2010 - My Chemical Romance
  • 2011 - Goo Goo Dolls
  • 2012 - Train

For the first six years of the London Games, it was a single game series, each game with the exception of 2011 was watched by an attendance of 81,000+ fans live at Wembley, the 2011 game between the Bears and Bucs had 76,941 fans in the stadium.

There is always a designated home team and visiting team and the teams designated at home did not have a great record, they went 2-4 over the six years with the 'Home' team averaging just 17.1 points compared to the 27.5 points averaged by the 'Visiting' team.

YearDesignated VisitorDesignated Home
Attendance
2007New York Giants (13)Miami Dolphins (10)81,176
2008San Diego Chargers (32)New Orleans Saints (37)83,226
2009New England Patriots (35)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)84,254
2010Denver Broncos (16)San Francisco 49ers (24)83,941
2011Chicago Bears (24)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18)76,981
2012New England Patriots (45)St. Louis Rams (7)84,004

NFL London Games 2013-15 - Multi-Games at Wembley Stadium

The London Games up until 2012 remained a one-match series, however, in 2013 a second match was added and in 2014 it was expanded even further with a third match added which was also the case in 2015. These additional matches in 2013-15 were also played at Wembley Stadium, it was to allow even more fans to witness the NFL live in person!

In 2014 a total of 250,571 fans attended the games and in 2016 a total of 251,631 which meant in the two years, there were over half a million NFL fans attending the NFL London Games! The pre-game entertainment continued, on the whole, the exception was for the Jets/Dolphins game in 2015 which did not have any and the Ohio State University Marching Band came over in 2015 for the Bills/Jags game.

  • 2013 - Tinie Tempah / Ne-Yo
  • 2014 - Def Leppard / Little Mix / Joss Stone
  • 2015 - Ohio State Marching Band / Madness

The theme of those designated as the 'Home' team struggling continued with a 3-5 record during this period, in 2014, all three designated home teams failed to win. The visitors average 28.5 points per game whilst the home team averages 23.6 points which were both up on the previous group of games, the home team scoring much more.

YearDesignated VisitorDesignated Home
Attendance
2013Pittsburgh Steelers (27)Minnesota Vikings (34)83,518
San Francisco 49ers (42)Jacksonville Jaguars (10)83,559
2014Miami Dolphins (38)Oakland Raiders (14)83,436
Detroit Lions (22)Atlanta Falcons (21)83,532
Dallas Cowboys (31)Jacksonville Jaguars (17)83,603
2015New York Jets (27)Miami Dolphins (14)83,986
Buffalo Bills (31)Jacksonville Jaguars (34)84,021
Detroit Lions (10)Kansas City Chiefs (45)83,624

NFL London Games 2016-Present - New Stadiums

For 2016, it was announced that there would be an additional stadium added to the London Games, as well as Wembley, England's home of rugby, Twickenham would also host a game that would have a 75,000 capacity for the NFL.

The first NFL game to be played at Twickenham was the Giants & Rams matchup, a game which had an attendance of 74,121, 98.8% of the capacity who witnessed the Giants run over 17-10 winners, the other two matches were played at Wembley that year.

2017 saw a further expansion, for the first time we had four games live in the UK, two at Wembley and two at Twickenham and again the four games were sell-outs with 316,988 fans attending the games!

Twickenham was then dropped from the lineup in 2018 and the London Games were reduced back to three games, all of which were played at Wembley and all of which attracted crowds of 84k+ fans! In 2019, the new Tottenham stadium was added to the London Games roster which was expanded back to four games, two at the new stadium and two at Wembley.

The Wembley contract was up in 2020, the NFL International Series was looking to expand even further and unfortunately, no new agreement was reached with Wembley, meaning for 2021 we were reduced to two games in the UK, both of which were played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with no Wembley games for the first time since the series was created in 2007.

The 2022 NFL London Games saw Wembley return to the Stadium roster, the original London venue used to host the inaugural NFL London game in 2007 welcomed the Jacksonville Jaguars who played the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars made their ninth London appearance and eighth at Wembley. The first two games of the 2022 NFL London Series took place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In 2023, there are three London Series games with the Jacksonville Jaguars playing twice, the first at Wembley Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons. They then face the Buffalo Bills  in the first of two games at the Tottenham Stadium, the second game features the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

YearDesignated VisitorDesignated HomeStadiumAttendance
2016Indianapolis Colts (27)Jacksonville Jaguars (30)Wembley Stadium83,798
New York Giants (17)Los Angeles Rams (10)Twickenham Stadium74,121
Washington Redskins (27)Cincinnati Bengals (27)Wembley Stadium84,448
2017Baltimore Ravens (7)Jacksonville Jaguars (44)84,592
New Orleans Saints (20)Miami Dolphins (0)84,423
Arizona Cardinals (0)Los Angeles Rams (33)Twickenham Stadium73,736
Minnesota Vikings (33)Cleveland Browns (16)74,237
2018Seattle Seahawks (27)Oakland Raiders (3)Wembley Stadium84,922
Tennessee Titans (19)Los Angeles Chargers (20)84,301
Philadelphia Eagles (24)Jacksonville Jaguars (18)85,870
2019Chicago Bears (21)Oakland Raiders (24)Tottenham Hotspur Stadium60,463
Carolina Panthers (37)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)60,087
Cincinnati Bengals (10)Los Angeles Rams (24)Wembley Stadium83,720
Houston Texans (26)Jacksonville Jaguars (3)84,771
2021New York Jets (20)Atlanta Falcons (27)Tottenham Hotspur Stadium60,589
Miami Dolphins (20)Jacksonville Jaguars (23)60,784
2022Minnesota Vikings (28)New Orleans Saints (25)Tottenham Hotspur Stadium60,639
New York Giants (27)Green Bay Packers (22)61,024
Denver Broncos (21)Jacksonville Jaguars (17)Wembley Stadium86,215
2023Atlanta Falcons (7)Jacksonville Jaguars (23)85,716
Buffalo Bills (20)Jacksonville Jaguars (25)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium61,273
Tennessee Titans (16)Baltimore Ravens (24)61,011

Contributor Information

We are spoiled with our Expert team at OLBG with our Commercial Content manager Luke Bradshaw-Lee being a keen UK-based NFL fan attending London games and burning the midnight oil to catch all the weekend action, He is ably assisted with inside info from, Michael Calabrese [@EastBreese] ; an Action Network correspondent and College sports podcaster in the US with the deepest football knowledge we have ever come across. They combine to create the best American Football content on OLBG which assists our tipsters in making their NFL predictions in the tipping competition.

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Luke Bradshaw Lee

Luke Bradshaw Lee

Commercial content manager

🏈 Luke is a more than keen follower of the NFL taking in as many games as he can over the weekend and always trying to attend the London NFL games each year. American football remains his main personal betting focus and he creates and contributes to our NFL Articles

The data in this article is maintained and updated regularly by Andy Powell and James Banting from our Tipster Competition team who settle and manage all the tips in that seection

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