Raiders, Falcons join Jaguars as London hosts

Julian Finney

There will be three games in London next year, but don't expect the Jaguars to play an away game in addition to the home game they're scheduled for.

With the success of recent games in London, the NFL has elected to expand the International Series to feature three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons joining the Jaguars as hosts.

The Jaguars have already committed to playing home games in 2014, 2015 and 2016, in addition to the Week 8 game this year against the San Francisco 49ers. On Tuesday, Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement about the immediate success he's seen from his decision to host future games in London:

"The experience the Jaguars have had already in London has been every bit what we anticipated and more, and this is all before we've even played our first game in Wembley Stadium," said Khan.  "We made the right decision to commit to playing a home game in London each season through 2016.  The Jaguars have a broader worldwide fan base today and the anticipation for our London game later this month is shared by our loyal fans in Jacksonville, so it's a perfect scenario for everyone. The energy and appetite for the NFL in the UK is incredible.  The Raiders and Falcons will see for themselves next season."

With the Jaguars looking to become the fan favorites overseas, the immediate speculation was that the Jaguars could be the potential away game opponent for the Raiders (if Oakland were to finish last in the AFC West) and play two games in London in 2014. However, with games in London tentatively scheduled for Week 4/5, 8 and 10, the Jaguars wouldn't be able to play back-to-back games, making it a logistical nightmare.

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