NFL announces three enticing London 2018 matchups
The NFL’s 2018 London slate includes three playoff teams, a perennial contender, and two potential risers next season.
The league announced the matchups, locations and potential dates for its U.K. series Thursday.
The Eagles and Jags will each be coming off postseason runs, and will again boast two of the best defenses in the NFL. All indications are MVP candidate Carson Wentz will be back on the sideline for the Eagles’ trip to London.
The Titans and Chargers matchup pits a surging young quarterback (Marcus Mariota) versus an aging star trying to make one final postseason run before the sun sets (Philip Rivers). Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram trying to chase Mariota will be one of the better clashes of 2018.
While much will change among each team before they reach the field in London in October, on paper the NFL is sending three enticing matchups overseas.
Four of the eight teams that played in London in 2017 went on to win their respective divisions: New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars. Each won their overseas tilt. The three winners in 2018 hope to repeat that success on their way to a playoff bid next season.
DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, will attend next week’s owners’ meeting in New York along with players, the league and union announced in a joint statement Wednesday in which they pledged to work cooperatively to address the issue of players’ protests during the national anthem.
Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith today and both he and player leadership will attend the League meetings next week, the statement said. There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.