NFL ANNOUNCES FIVE 2019 INTERNATIONAL GAMES:
TWO TEAMS MAKE UK DEBUTS; AFC WEST SHOWDOWN IN MEXICO
The National Football League today announced
the matchups for its five 2019 international regular-season games – four in the
UK and one in Mexico.
The quality of the 2019 international offering
is apparent in three division games and five playoff participants, including
the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams. Two
of the four London Games will feature teams playing in the UK for the first
time, while Mexico City will host a meeting of long-time AFC West division
The 2019 international games:
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Rams
Azteca Stadium will host a matchup between the AFC West rival Kansas City
Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams, who finished the 2018 regular season
with identical 12-4 records, will be playing in Mexico City for the first time.
The AFC South
champion Houston Texans – who face the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars –
and the Carolina Panthers – who face their NFC South foes the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers – will both make their London debuts. It will bring the total number
of NFL teams to have played in the UK to 31 in 28 regular-season games by the
end of the 2019 season. The Jaguars will be playing a home game in London for
the seventh consecutive season.
The Rams, who
will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, will host a London game
for the fourth time when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Oakland
Raiders will return to London for the second straight year, facing the NFC North
division champion Chicago Bears.
The NFL will play
two games at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, with two at Wembley Stadium.
times and venues for all international games will be announced in conjunction
with the release of the full NFL schedule this spring.