The NFL has announced that the Philadelphia Eagles will be the home team for the 2024 opener in Brazil. This marks the first time the league will be hosting a game in South America. Given that the Jacksonville Jaguars will face Philly on the road next season, maybe they'll be their Week 1 opponent. If that's the case, the Jags could play a record-setting three international home games in 2024.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the NFL will be playing their first-ever game in Brazil. It will be held in Corinthians Stadium, where the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics took place. Here's what Goodell said, via NFL Media.
""This landmark first international game in South America demonstrates the ongoing expansion of our global footprint," Goodell said in a press release. "Playing on Friday night of Week 1 is a unique way to highlight our international growth and ambitions.""
The game had been previously announced but the home time hadn't been disclosed. It will take place on Friday, the first time a season opener will be held on Friday. The league has been holding Opening Kickoff on Thursdays since 2002. In 2024, it will be on Thursday (whoever wins the Super Bowl) and Friday (Eagles).
This will be Philadelphia's second International game ever. Previously, they played in 2018 at Wembley Stadium. Coincidentally, the Jags were their opponents. The Eagles won that matchup 24-18.
The Jaguars have been designated the home team for a bout at Wembley Stadium in 2024. The Chicago Bears will also be the home team for one game at Tottenham Hotspur. Since Jacksonville is slated to face them as a visitor next season, there's a chance they'll be their opponent. This isn't farfetched when you take into account that Jacksonville played two games in London last year, one against the Atlanta Falcons (home), and the Buffalo Bills (away).
Knowing that the Jaguars could be playing two international games in 2024, traveling to Brazil seems like a legitimate possibility. Both clubs would be rested since it will be Week 1 of the season. The last time these teams met was in Week 4 of the 2022 season. The matchup was held at Lincoln Financial Field, and Philly came on top, beating the Jags 29-21.
Playing 3 international games wouldn't be too much for the Jaguars
The Jaguars fared well on the road last year, going 5-3. Similarly, they won both of their games in London, so potentially playing three international games wouldn't be a disadvantage. If anything, they could benefit from all the visibility they can get to increase their brand.
Currently, the Jaguars are looking to bounce back after failing to make the playoffs. While they have their work cut out, they have enough talent in place to challenge the Houston Texans for the No. 1 spot in the AFC South in 2024.
Of course, they must make sure outside linebacker Josh Allen doesn't go anywhere. Also, they need to fortify the trenches, but if they do, they should have no trouble going toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league. That would make them an appealing choice to face Philly in the opener.
The Jaguars have dealt with a lack of exposure in recent years, so they could benefit from all the coverage they could get. Playing three international games would help them with that.