NFL action makes the hop across the Atlantic this week for its first International series tie of the season as Wembley Stadium hosts the Baltimore Ravens clash against Wembley regulars Jacksonville Jaguars.
Since 2007, England’s national stadium has hosted sixteen NFL ties with this weekend’s Ravens v Jags clash and Octobers Saints v Dolphins encounter the seventeenth and eighteenth respectively.
The matches have proved such a hit that neighbouring Twickenham stadium has gotten in on the act in recent years with the NFL franchise further stretching its wings with a game in Mexico at the Estadio Azteca.
Jaguars target three in a row at Wembley
This Sunday’s game sees the Jaguars return to their second home for the fifth time at a stadium they are starting to enjoy some success at.
Despite back to back losses during the early stages of the International series at the West London site, the Jacksonville Jaguars are now finding their feet in England after a 34 points to 31 win over the Buffalo Bills in 2015 was followed up with another tight 30 points to 27 victory over the Indianapolis Colts last year.
However, they will be up against it against a Ravens side who have started the 2017/18 season with aplomb.
Ravens Unbeaten start
The Baltimore Ravens head to Wembley in buoyant mood after two wins from two in the AFC North Division.
An opening day hammering of the Cincinnati Bengals was backed up with an equally impressive win over the Cleveland Browns which has left long-time coach John Harbaugh’s men sitting pretty at the top of the AFC North tree as they head to Wembley for the first time.
The Jaguars have made a steady if unspectacular start to their campaign in the AFC South with an opening day win over the Houston Texans followed up with a 37-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone will be praying for some Wembley luck as the Ravens head the betting ahead of the tie.
The Jaguars may boast a strong recent record at Wembley but the Ravens have the strength in-depth to get the job done.
Baltimore Quarter Back Joe Flacco made 217 yards against the Browns and anywhere close to that again should see the Ravens get over the line. Jump on Baltimore at 20/39 with us for the win.
The Jaguars will have to rely on the familiarity of playing on British shores for an advantage in the game. How the Ravens react to playing for the first time overseas will be a telling factor and if the Jags do come out on top, then those of you who back them at 8/5 with us will be laughing your way to the bank.
International Series Fixtures
After the Ravens v Jags clash, The New Orleans Saints then take on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on the 1st October before Twickenham takes centre stage by hosting the Arizona Cardinals and LA Rams on October the 22nd and finally, the Minnesota Vikings against the Cleveland Browns on 29th October.