The NFL has officially announced the international slate of games for 2016. Many here will be pleased to know that the Jets won't be involved.
Here are a list of games and dates:
NFC East Opponent @ St Louis Rams
That's a pretty good slate of games for London fans, and as a season ticket holder for the international series, I'm pretty excited about some of the teams I'll be able to watch and some of the individual players like Todd Gurley and AJ Green.
The NFL will spread the three games over two stadiums with the St Louis home game being hosted at Twickenham, the home of rugby in England. The opponents for that game will be determined by finishing position in 2015. The team that finishes in the same spot as St Louis in the NFC East will head over to play. So in theory the Washington Redskins could be playing on back to back weeks.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the series by saying
"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."
There is talk of a game being hosted in Mexico City, but it was confirmed that any international games to be hosted outside the UK would be announced at a later date.
The Jets were obviously in London in 2015, as they defeated the Miami Dolphins. Neither team will be involved in the 2016 series, and the same can be said for every AFC East team. The Bills and Patriots have previously played on the British shores.
Since the start of the NFL International series in 2007, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK. Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent. According to internal research the NFL now has a fanbase in the UK that exceeds 13 million, so it really has seen exceptional growth.