London is calling for the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFL announced on Wednesday morning the dates and times for the league’s five International games set to take place during the 2023 season. Consequently, the Falcons will help kick off the 2023 International Series with a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, October 1.
“The Jaguars returned to prominence in emphatic fashion in 2022 and are looking to take the next step toward legitimate title contention,” wrote NFL.com’s Nick Shook. “London — a known bastion of Jaguars fans — will be ecstatic to welcome the upstart squad to its second home for a game against a team that would very much like to join Jacksonville among the ranks of NFL surprises.”
Falcons-Jaguars will kick off at 9:30 AM ET at Wembley Stadium. The game will be available on ESPN+.
The matchup will be the first of five in Europe next season. Secondly, the Jaguars will stay in London and welcome the Buffalo Bills to town for a matchup at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 8. The NFL will televise that showdown on NFL Network.
The Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans will also play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 15 on NFL Network.
Then, the NFL will host two matchups at Frankfurt Stadium in Germany. First, the Miami Dolphins will face the Kansas City Chiefs on November 5. Lastly, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots will renew their rivalry in Germany on November 12.
As done previously, all five Europe games will begin at 9:30 AM on the east coast. The final four contests will only be available on NFL Network.
This will be Atlanta’s third trip to Europe for a regular season game. The Falcons lost to the Detroit Lions in their first visit to London in 2014.
More recently, the Falcons defeated the New York Jets at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2021. Tight end Kyle Pitts scored his first NFL touchdown in the victory.