Jets-Vikings in UK opener; Jags back to back overseas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Some of the NFL’s potential new stars — and one of its oldest — will be in attendance during the league’s five international games in 2024.

Six top 11 picks from the latest draft and veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers highlight a schedule that begins Week 1 in Sao Paulo and concludes Week 10 in Munich.

Three games will be played in London this season, starting with Rodgers and the New York Jets taking on the Minnesota Vikings and rookie quarterback JJ McCarthy (No. 11 pick) on October 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Rodgers was 17-11-1 against the Vikings while with the Green Bay Packers. He previously played in London during his final season with the Packers – a 27-22 loss to the New York Giants on October 9, 2022. Rodgers fractured his right thumb on the final play of the game, a salute Marie, and it probably affected him for the rest of the year – the worst statistical season of his career.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play back-to-back games in London for the second straight season, first as the designated road team against No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams, No. 9 pick Rome Odunze and the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October. 13. The Jaguars will next be the hosts when they face the New England Patriots and third overall pick Drake Maye at Wembley Stadium on October 20.

The international schedule concludes with the Giants and sixth overall pick Malik Nabers taking on the Carolina Panthers and 2023 No. 1 pick Bryce Young on Nov. 10 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

The games in London and Germany will all start at 9:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

These will be the 12th and 13th international matches for the Jaguars, who have played more international matches than any other franchise. They are 6-5 in their previous 11 after beating the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills in London in 2023 and have played an annual home game in London since 2013 (except in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). COVID-19).

The Patriots will play their fifth international game. They are 3-1 in their previous road games, with the only loss coming last season against the Indianapolis Colts in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Giants and Panthers will play the fourth regular season game in Germany after one game in 2022 and two in 2023. The Giants, who played a preseason game in Berlin in 1994, were recently awarded international marketing rights in Germany by the through NFL Global Markets. Program.

The league previously announced that the Philadelphia Eagles would face the Green Bay Packers on Friday, September 6 (8:15 p.m. ET, Peacock) in the first NFL game ever played in Brazil.

“We are delighted to announce these exciting matches in London and Munich, in addition to the historic first match in São Paulo, Brazil, to complete the 2024 International Games slate,” said Peter O’Reilly, Vice President NFL executive, club affairs, major. events and international, said in a press release. “As the league and its 32 teams continue to prioritize international growth, we look forward to leveraging the incredible fan experiences in Europe while bringing the game to new fans in South America.”

The full 2024 NFL schedule will be announced Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. A two-hour special will air on ESPN2 and simulcast on ESPN+.

Information from Rich Cimini and Jordan Raanan of ESPN and the Associated Press was used in this report.

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