The NFL announced today the six teams that will play in three regular season games at Wembley Stadium in London for the 2014 NFL season. The Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders will head across the pond next year as part of the NFL International Series.
“The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today.
NFL games in London have grown in popularity ever since the inception of the NFL International Series in 2007. The NFL announced earlier in the month that there would be three games at Wembley in 2014 with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders as the “home” teams.
There have never been three regular season games played outside the United States. The Jaguars will make their international debut this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers while the Cowboys, Falcons, Lions and Raiders will play overseas for the first time next year.
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones stated a while back that he wanted to see a Cowboys game in London, but refused to sacrifice a home game, saying that home games at AT&T Stadium “are too important.”
The Jaguars have agreed to designate one home game in London every year through 2016, raising speculation that the franchise could be relocated to the U.K. in the near future.