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NFL Reveals London Return Ahead Of Cowboys-Jags


The National Football League will return to the United Kingdom in 2015 to stage three games at London’s Wembley Stadium, it was announced Thursday.

The Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets will all make the trip across the pond for the first time, while the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins will make return visits to London.

The announcement comes on the eve of the third and final game to be played at Wembley Stadium this season.

London fans missed Calvin Johnson in 2014. They'll get to see him in 2015 though.

London fans missed Calvin Johnson in 2014. They’ll get to see him in 2015 though.

2015 NFL International Series

On October 4, 2015, the Miami Dolphins will host the New York Jets in the first ever divisional game to be played outside of North America.

The Dolphins, playing as the road team, earned a comfortable win over the Oakland Raiders in London earlier this season. The team previously appeared at Wembley Stadium in the inaugural NFL International Series game in 2007 and will become the first side to play three games in the U.K.

On October 25, 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play the third of four confirmed games at Wembley Stadium, hosting the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have previously hosted games outside of the U.S. as part of the “Bills Toronto Series,” which – after a year’s absence – is due to return in 2015. If the series north of the border does recommence, the Bills will be the first NFL team to play two international games in a season.

On November 1, the Detroit Lions will return to London, this time as the road team, while the Kansas City Chiefs will be the de facto home side.

The Lions earned a last second victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium two weeks ago. Having missed out on seeing Calvin Johnson in action in that game, U.K. fans will hope to get an up close and personal look at Megatron in a years’ time.

The announcement of three more games continues to demonstrate the NFL’s commitment to extending its brand with overseas games, as well as its commitment to London and the United Kingdom.

With three teams debuting in London in 2015, the number of teams having played at Wembley Stadium will climb to 20, or 62.5 percent of the league.

The Cowboys' chances of success could be hindered if Tony Romo is on sideline duty.

The Cowboys’ chances of success could be hindered if Tony Romo is on sideline duty.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The 2014 NFL International Series draws to a close Sunday with an inter-conference clash between the “U.K.’s Team” and “America’s Team.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys will lock horns in the third game in London this season.

After a disappointing debut in London last season, Jacksonville (1-8, 0-1 London) will look to impress the local crowd with a solid performance and maybe even a win.

Most experts gave the side from Florida no chance in this fixture when the schedule was announced, but the old equalizer that is injury has given the Jaguars a major boost ahead of kickoff.

Dallas (6-3, 0-0 London) may have to take its London bow without Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo, injured in a Monday Night Football showdown with the Washington Redskins two weeks ago.

The Cowboys looked anything but cohesive last week in a 28-17 loss to the league-leading Arizona Cardinals.

Taking the place of the injured Romo, backup quarterback Brandon Weedon completed just 18-of-33 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. He also threw a pair of picks. The game also saw DeMarco Muray, the league’s best running back this season, fail to breach the 100-yard mark for the first time this season.

Many are pinning Dallas’ hopes this Sunday on whether Romo takes to the field or not. Romo has been practicing at the Cowboys’ suburban London training camp this week but will in all likelihood be a game day decision. The Cowboys would do well to rest their star, but with Jerry Jones in charge who would be surprised to see Romo under center on Sunday?

The Cowboys opened as a 6.5-point favorite, although most sportsbooks have removed betting lines pending news about Romo’s status.

Bettors considering placing money on Sunday’s game when lines reemerge may want to pay attention to London history.

The designated road team is 7-3 at Wembley Stadium, and has won in both games there this season.

The favorite has posted an 8-2 record in London in International Series games. Both favorites emerged with victories this season.

The favorite is 7-3-0 ATS at Wembley Stadium since the International Series began in 2007.

The total has gone over in five London games and under in the same number of games. Four of the last five games have seen the over pay out though, the one exception being last month’s Lions-Falcons game.

You can find more betting trends at the following link:

Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars odds for 11/09/2014

Kickoff at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. local time).

Can Blake Bortles and the Jaguars earn their first London win?

Can Blake Bortles and the Jaguars earn their first London win?


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