The rumors are true: The Baltimore Ravens are headed across the pond.
The NFL made the news official this morning in its announcement about the matchups for its 2017 London games. For the first time ever, the league is hosting four games overseas, one more than in the past three seasons. The Ravens will be playing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.
While Wembley is technically foreign territory for both teams, it also serves as a second home for the Jaguars, who have played a home game there for four straight years and are under contract to continue doing so through at least 2020. The Ravens had already speculated a couple weeks ago that they would be playing the Jaguars there in 2017.
The date for the game isn’t set in stone, but it will be happen either during Week 3 (Sept. 24, 2017) or Week 4 (Oct. 1, 2017), according to the NFL.
Leading up to today’s announcement, all but eight teams had taken the gridiron in London for the NFL’s International Series. The Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans will be the only remaining teams who have yet to play abroad at the end of next season.
The announcement is a win for the Ravens franchise, whose owners get to promote their brand in London. “This is a good opportunity for the Ravens and we are very excited about playing a game in London,” Ravens President Dick Cass said to Ravens.com. “We hope to see many of our fans at Wembley Stadium in London.”
We’ll share when tickets become available for all the diehards willing to travel to London to watch the Ravens play.
The news marked a bright spot for the Ravens this morning after the team, now 7-6, suffered a tough 30-23 loss to the new England Patriots on Monday evening and learned that former tight end Konrad Reuland had passed away that same night.
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