The NFL has announced the opponents and the dates for the International Series in the 2022 season and the Jacksonville Jaguars once again get to play a game in England. This time, they will face off against the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium on October 30th. Head coach Doug Pederson is excited and looking forward to taking on quarterback Russell Wilson.
Pederson made an appearance on the set of Good Morning Football and shared his thoughts on the Jags playing their ninth game in England since 2013.
"The Jaguars have been sort of a staple over there. There’s a lot of great fan base, our ownership really enjoys the London market, so we’re thrilled to get back over there and obviously played Denver and, and Russell Wilson and the guys and just being able to really kind of embrace these, these trips and really, for our players to some of our coaches that don’t get a chance to travel overseas or out of the country much. It’s a great opportunity for them to experience another culture and play a football game."
Later in the sitdown, Pederson said that one of the first things he did when he became the head coach in Jacksonville was meeting with their London team and get to know everyone who is involved in the trip, so they’re ready for the trip on October 30th. Regarding Russ Danger, Pederson says it’s always a challenge to play a Russell-Wilson-led team.
The Jaguars are looking for their second consecutive win in England.
This matchup will be held at Wembley Stadium at 9:30 A.M ET and the Jaguars will be looking for their second win in a row in England. Last season, they beat the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur in Week 6, earning their first win of the year after starting 0-5. There was no NFL Internation Series in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic but in 2019, Jacksonville fell to the Houston Texans 26-3.
Keep in mind that this isn’t Pederson’s first international game, as he was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles when they played at Wembley in 2018. Guess who their opponent was. That’s right, the Jags, who lost 26-3. This could give Jacksonville an edge and while it wouldn’t be a big one, anything that can help the team can, and in this case, Pederson has an idea of what to expect, what works when preparing, and the things he can do better.
As Pederson said this will be a great opportunity for the staff and players to have a different experience while trying to win a football game. Also, fans overseas will get to enjoy the Jaguars, so this will be a win-win for everyone involved.