The wait is finally over. With the release of the 2017 NFL schedule last night, the remaining order and kickoff times for the London Games to be held at Wembley and Twickenham this September and October are as follows:
Baltimore Ravens v Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday 24 September @ 2.30pm UK time
Following two previous wins, the Jacksonville Jaguars return to Wembley to take on the Baltimore Ravens and their Super Bowl-winning Quarterback, Joe Flacco. Each time these teams have met in the last three seasons, every game has been decided by a single score – don’t miss this nail biter!
New Orleans Saints v Miami Dolphins
Sunday 1 October @ 2.30pm UK time
Revel in the action of this game of high scores when the Miami Dolphins host the New Orleans Saints and London-born Dolphins’ Running Back Jay Ajayi goes up against the Saints’ future Hall of Fame Quarterback Drew Brees.
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams
Sunday 22 October @ 6.00pm UK time
Catch the return of the Los Angeles Rams in an edge-of-your-seat divisional clash which will see their Running Back Todd Gurley battle it out against the Cardinals’ legendary Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Running Back David Johnson. A good compromise on kick off times for this fixture which will still see US fans of the teams needing to get up early to see the game.
Take a peek behind the scenes and see how the Rams got to hear their schedule when they receive the call from the NFL’s front office. NFL’s senior director of broadcast planning and scheduling Michael North was being reminded of just how imperfect it is, as he made calls to the teams to talk about their slates.
“It’s rare that you get to disappoint 32 billionaires and five television networks on the same day,” he said.
Minnesota Vikings v Cleveland Browns
Sunday 29 October @ 1.30pm UK time
Don’t miss your chance to support the ultimate NFL underdog, the Cleveland Browns, as they bring their celebrated Dawg Pound to London to take on the Minnesota Vikings including German ‘Undiscovered’ star Moritz Boehringer, the first European to ever be drafted straight into the NFL.
How to buy
Individual tickets for the games at Wembley Stadium are now sold out. However, a limited number of Hospitality Packages and Hotel and Ticket Packages are still available. See below for details.
Individual tickets for the games at Twickenham will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Thursday 27 April at 10am UK time for those that have already registered their interest. If you’ve missed your chance to register, any remaining tickets from this sale will be available to the general public in the coming weeks. Pre-sale codes have already been sent out to those that registered.
NFL Game Day Hospitality Packages
Experience game day in style with exclusive hospitality packages available for Wembley and Twickenham. From just £359 per person, enjoy the ultimate NFL experience with VIP access, premium seat tickets, a pre-game meal with entertainment, complimentary bar plus more.
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Make the most of the weekend with a London Games Sports Break brought to you by Thomas Cook, theofficial travel partner for the NFL in the UK. From just £169 per person, book a 1 or 2-night break inclusive of hotel accommodation, breakfast and game tickets. Wembley and Twickenham games available.
2017 Schedule details
The NFL announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2017 last night. It all kicks off on Thursday night, 7 September in New England and concludes on Sunday, 31 December with 16 division games.
The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener will spotlight the defending champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, 10 September (9:25 PM) featuring the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers. Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on 10 September when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants (1:30 AM) at AT&T Stadium.
Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, 11 September with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints (12:10 AM) in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos in the nightcap (3:20 PM).
ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.
A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today, including the Seahawks at the Giants (9:25 PM, CBS) in Week 7 and the Vikings at the Carolina Panthers (6:00 PM, CBS) in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.
The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, 31 December. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.
Other highlights of the schedule include:
In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, 17 September in primetime (1:30 AM, NBC) when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center (9:05 PM, CBS).
The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, 22 October (1:30 AM, NBC) in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.
Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, 23 November. The first game will send the Vikings to Detroit to face the Lions (5:30 PM, FOX) for the second consecutive year. The late afternoon game will feature the Chargers visiting the Cowboys (9:30 PM, CBS). The holiday concludes with the Washington Redskins hosting the Giants on NBC (1:30 AM).
In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game (Vikings at Packers) will move to Saturday night, 23 December (1:30 AM, NBC) due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, 25 December with the Houston Texans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (9:30 PM, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime) in the first game and the Oakland Raiders visiting the Philadelphia Eagles (1:30 AM, ESPN) in primetime.
The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.
The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, J6-7 anuary. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.
Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 January . The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, 21 January. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, 4 February in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium (NBC).
Interesting Note: Three of the four teams that will play in London (the Saints are the fourth) elected not to have a bye the week after playing in London. The increased comfort level with some of the international games is a potentially important development towards a pottential NFL Franchise in the UK.