Jaguars to face the Texans in London in Week 9
By David Levin
The NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars have announced the team will host AFC South division rival Houston as one of its home games in London in Week 9 of the 2019 schedule.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will play one of their AFC South home games this season in London. The team and the NFL announced that Jacksonville will “host” the Houston Texans at Wembley Stadium. It is the seventh consecutive season the Jaguars have played one of their home games in the UK. Jacksonville currently owns a 3-3 record across the pond.
The franchise lost 24-18 last year to the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley Stadium.
"Per John Oehser, “It also will mark their seventh different opponent there. It’s the second time in four seasons the opponent has been a team from the AFC South. The Jaguars played the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts at Wembley in 2016.”"
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The team faces a tough schedule this season despite having a 5-11 record from last season and finishing last in the AFC South. The Jaguars opponents for this coming season were released shortly after the completion of the Super Bowl.
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets.
Road: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals.
Having a division game in London does give this team a distinct advantage. The organization has made modifications in recent years to their travel plans, and have the knowledge of how to prepare for time changes and the cultural and travel change playing overseas presents.
The Jaguars are considered the NFL’s home team in London because of the agreement the team made with the league about playing overseas, which helps the team from a revenue standpoint.
"“The Jaguars made history on August 21, 2012, by becoming the first NFL team to commit to playing four home games at Wembley,” Oehser explains. “Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, announced that the Jaguars would play one game each season in the United Kingdom from 2013-16. That deal was later extended through 2020.”"
In addition to the games in London being announced today, the rest of the NFL schedules for all 32 teams will be released this evening. This will be the first season the team opens its regular season schedule with quarterback Nick Foles under center, replacing Blake Bortles under center.