The NFL London games are a constant topic of discussion amongst NFL fans across the globe. There’s a ton of intrigue surrounding the Super Bowl-like atmosphere the city creates for these events. Many fans also like to focus on the logistics surrounding the games, such as travel, practice habits, and jetlag for teams traveling from different departure cities in the United States. But at long last, the 2021 NFL London teams have been announced, and they are both intriguing matchups.
The New York Jets will face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday October 10th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The following week, the Miami Dolphins will square off with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. Regardless of what ends up happening with the result, there will be a plethora of young talent taking the field in both of those matchups.
Here some of the essential details and storylines surrounding each 2021 NFL London game.
NFL London games 2021: Jets vs Falcons
As the New York Jets attempt another franchise reset, new head coach Robert Salah is hoping that his tenure with the team gets off to a good start.
There will be no indicator focused on more heavily than the development of quarterback Zach Wilson. The franchise invested the second overall pick in the strong armed player.
🏈 Koo meets Son ⚽
We need another link up when the @AtlantaFalcons play in 🇬🇧.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 15, 2021
Considering the market he will play in and the restlessness among the fan base, Wilson will need to play well even if his performance doesn’t translate into wins. After the game with the Falcons, the Jets will head into their bye week before heading to Foxboro to play the New England Patriots.
Predicted record for Jets before London Game: 0-4
The Atlanta Falcons have had a team on paper that most fans would perceive as a threat. They’re always among the most likely teams to put up 30 points week in and week out, but in recent seasons that has not translated into winning.
Like the Jets, the Falcons also made a big splash in the NFL Draft by selecting supreme tight end prospect Kyle Pitts. As if the Falcons needed another weapon, Pitts will make defensive coordinators lose sleep over how to cover him, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones together. Atlanta will have their bye week after this game, and then head to Miami to face the Dolphins.
Predicted record for Falcons before London Game: 2-2
NFL London games 2021: Dolphins vs Jaguars
The Miami Dolphins are hopeful that 2021 will be their year to enter into legitimate contention in the AFC. They’ve spent the last few years tearing down their roster, only to build it back up again under the tutelage of head coach Brian Flores.
Last time the @NYJets played in London…
Fitzmagic led them to victory over the Dolphins in 2015.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 14, 2021
The Dolphins have a well respected defense heading into next season, and will be looking for their offense to take the next step. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has new speedy weapons on the perimeter, with the drafting of former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle and signing of former Texans wide receiver Will Fuller. The Dolphins will host the Falcons the following Sunday after their London game.
Predicted record for Dolphins before London Game: 2-3
It might a good thing that fans in the UK did not get to see the Jaguars last season.
Jacksonville finished with the worst record in the league.
However, they will make their return to London this year after playing there in seven consecutive seasons before 2020.
They’ll show up to Wembley Stadium with some shiny new toys, headlined by new quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It’s been said that Lawrence is the best prospect at the position in several years, and the NFL has their fingers crossed that he’ll put on a show on October 17th. Jacksonville will take their bye week after this game, and play the Seahawks on October 31st.
Predicted record for Jaguars before London Game: 2-3