NFL unveils UK International Series games for 2016 at Wembley and Twickenham
Last Updated: 25/11/15 4:40pm
The latest International Series NFL matches in the UK have been revealed with Wembley and Twickenham to host games in 2016.
The sport has proved hugely popular in London and the American franchise has added the home of English rugby union to the agenda which will feature at least three teams that have not previously played a regular-season game in the capital.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC South division matchup in Week 4 on Sunday October 2 at Wembley.
It will be the fourth consecutive year the Jaguars have played in the UK.
In Week 7 on Sunday October 23, NFL will take over at Twickenham for the very first time as the St. Louis Rams host the NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as the Rams do in the NFC West based on the NFL's scheduling formula.
The formula for the second game means the Rams will face either the Philadelphia Eagles, who would make their first regular-season trip to the UK, the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants, who would be returning to London, or Washington who would become the first team to play in consecutive weeks in London.
The third match next year is in Week 8 on Sunday October 30 and it will involve the Cincinnati Bengals playing their first international game when they host the Washington Redskins at Wembley.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: "The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming.
"We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year.
"We look forward to welcoming new fans to their first NFL game in 2016 and welcoming back thousands of others that are helping our sport grow to new levels of popularity in London and beyond."
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, either 23 or 24 teams will have played in London since the inception of the International Series in 2007.
Jaguars offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is thrilled at the prospect of a return to the UK and told SSNHQ: "It's been a cool experience. It's very different for sure. Game day atmosphere is cool and I've always enjoyed the trip."
Team-mate and linebacker Paul Posluszny added: "Every year it's something special. Not a lot of guys get the opportunity to go there and play, but the environment is unbelievable."
On the Jaguars v Colts contest, two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora said: "It's the London Jaguars because they play here every year! It should be an exciting game."
Sky Sports announced a new deal in the summer to show NFL's Sunday Night Football live for the next two years, bringing viewers an additional game a week and taking the schedule to more than 100 live matches a season.
That means at least five games a week shown on TV, online, mobile and tablet devices across the regular season, every play-off clash, the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl.
Monday Night Football is also a feature on Sky Sports screens this season, which alongside Thursday and Sunday games, is providing viewers with more matches.
A crowd of 83,986 watched the New York Jets defeat the Miami Dolphins on October 4 in the 12th International Series game to be hosted at Wembley since the NFL first took competitive games to London.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be travelling to the UK for the first time and play the Redskins. Head coach Marvin Lewis said: "The players will be very excited to have the opportunity to come to London at Wembley. It will be a great week.
"It will be a challenge but one that many of the teams have already done and over next few months we will formulate our plans.".