The NFL announced its schedule its International Series on Wednesday. Old teams, new teams and a new stadium have been added to the NFL experience next year. According to NFL.com, it all begins with the host team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC South division matchup in Week 4 on Sunday, October 2, at Wembley Stadium. In Week 7 on Sunday, October 23, in the first-ever NFL game at Twickenham Stadium, the St. Louis Rams will host the NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as the Rams do in the NFC West based on the NFL’s scheduling formula.
In Week 8 on Sunday, October 30, the Cincinnati Bengals will play their first international game when they host the Washington Redskins at Wembley.
This is basically old hat for the Jaguars, who have hosted a game across the pond the last two seasons and will continue to do so through the 2020 season. There had been some talk of the Jaguars playing two games next year in London, a home and away venture in consecutive weeks. That did not come to pass.
The Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills earlier this year 34-31 for their first victory on foreign soil.
This is the first time Jacksonville will play a divisional opponent in the series, which may help the team down the line. The Colts have never played in London, which might could give the home team a decisive advantage.
HALL OF FAME NARROWS LIST TO 25
The NFL has announced its semi-finalists for induction into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2016.
Let the talk begin as to which wide receivers might be added to the hallowed hall with Terrell Owens being on the ballot for the first time while others are still waiting to be called after being denied in years past.
NFL.com reports the original field of 108 nominees and these selections will be cut to 15 in early January. The group of semifinalists includes 22 players and three coaches, with 15 players on offense alone. Two of the biggest names are in their first year of eligibility: Brett Favre and Owens. Favre is certain to be a first-ballot choice, while T.O. will be one of the more fascinating case studies in recent history. The third player in his first year of eligibility, Alan Fancea, also has a real chance to make it to Canton.
The name I am most interested in on the ballot besides whether Terrell Davis is indicted is former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli. The former second pick in the 1995 is considered one of the best left tackles to play during this tenure in the NFL.
As Vito Stellino of the Florida-Times Union said, Boselli and linebacker Sam Mills were the only two players who had been eligible in the past who made the semifinal list for the first time.
TROUBLE IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE
Has Chip Kelly finally worn out his welcome in Philadelphia? Has his roster moves and his relationship with Eagles management hit the road block?
Reports out of the NFC East city and in NFL media circles claim Kelly may be coaching for his job this year on a team that has struggled this season.
Matt Lombardo of NJ.com broke the story of how an unidentified agent has laid claim that Kelly lost the Eagles locker room.
“Chip Kelly has lost the team,” said the agent, who requested anonymity because of fear of retribution against his client. “Between the losses and his bull [bleep] methods that aren’t working, I can tell you that the players have tuned him out.”
Kelly’s name has surface in rumors about head coaching jobs in college football, most notably at Southern Cal, but could also become a candidate for the LSU job, should Les Miles and the Tigers program part ways after the season.