Nfl To Play Three 2014 Regular Season Games In London

9, 2013 at 06:00 a.m. Friend(s) Email The NFL announced Tuesday that a third regular-season game will be added to the London schedule for the 2014 season. NFL Around the World Take a look at images of NFL games and festivities from around the world. The Jacksonville Jaguars , Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders each will play one home game at Wembley Stadium next year. It’s no coincidence that all three franchises are dissatisfied with their current stadium situations. Jaguars owner Shad Khan just kicked in $20 million of his own money for improvements to EverBank Field . The Falcons recently chose a spot just south of the Georgia Dome for their new $1 billion stadium . Looking to replace the Coliseum, Raiders are scouting land in Concord . The dates of the games and opponents for each club will be announced later this season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pointed to the increased popularity of the International Series as the reason for the addition of a third game. “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” Goodell said. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow.

London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls

An archaeologist digs out a possibly Roman skull from the site of the graveyard of the Bethlehem, or Bedlam, hospital next to Liverpool Street Station in the City of London. The dig is on the site of the future ticket hall for the Crossrail station at Liverpool Street.

We will also look for evidence of disease, both in the skull and the teeth. The latter can also tell us about the early lives of the individuals and perhaps their origins: Were they brought up in Roman London, or did they come from elsewhere in Britain or Europe? (See “Rome’s Ruins.” ) How much of a surprise was it to find Roman skulls? It is never a surprise to find the remains of burials in London! The size of the city and its long history mean that you are never very far away from a burial ground, whether it be Roman or later. One could say that much of central London was a traditional burial site! Museum of London Archaeology and Crossrail’s archaeologists have been working for a decade to predict the likely archaeological remains in the areas of the works, and how to deal with them in advance of construction. However, whilst we knew that we would encounter burials from the 16th-century Bedlam burial ground, it was not at all certain whether Roman graves would turn up. Although known from past finds in this part of London, the sheer number of skulls we have found, currently more than two dozen, has indeed surprised us. Have these finds changed, modified, or shaded-in previously held perceptions of life in London in Roman times, or of the ancient geography of the city? These finds are very important, as they help us to characterize the nature and use of one of London’s “lost” rivers, the Walbrook. At this very early stage, we are not sure whether the finds will change or modify our perceptions of life in Roman London. What we do know is that they will help us to fill in another gap in the Roman map of the city, allowing us to fill out the information we already have.

BE: Bears could be headed back to London

EDT October 8, 2013 General view of British flags and NFL banners on Regent Street at Oxford Circus in advance of the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) SHARE 37 CONNECT 19 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON (AP) The NFL will play three regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. The league announced Tuesday at its fall meetings that it was expanding its international series. It will be the most games the league has played abroad in one year. This season, Minnesota beat Pittsburgh 34-27 in September, and Jacksonville will host San Francisco on Oct. 27 as part of it a four-year commitment to move a home game to Wembley. Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is compiled next year. OUCH!: Falcons WR Julio Jones likely out for the year “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” said Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has championed overseas games for years and someday believes the NFL will have a franchise based in London. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.” The Raiders and Falcons never have played a regular-season game at Wembley. The Jaguars’ first appearance will be when they face San Francisco in 19 days. VIDEO: NFL power rankings SHARE 37 CONNECT 19 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Since the NFL started playing regular-season games in London in 2007, it has never scheduled teams from the same division to face one another at Wembley. The NFL plans to announce opponents for the 2013 games in London sometime during this season. The Bears last played in London on Oct. 23, 2011, and defeated Tampa Bay 24-18. Heres hoping the NFL picks the Bears to head back to London. We all know how well Bears fans travel, and the last time the team made the trip, there certainly was no shortage of supporters in the stands at Wembley and walking the streets of London during the week leading up to the game. Besides that, for ESPNChicago.com colleague Jeff Dickerson and I, the trip was an absolute blast. On the night before the game, I attended a “tweetup” with several local NFL fans (I even met a Jaguars fan) who knew tons about the game and love it just as much as we do. On the day of the game, I met a Bears fan who had hopped a train from Edinburgh, Scotland, for the six-hour ride to London to watch the game. A Bears fan for more than 20 years, he actually named his daughter Devin after kick returner Devin Hester. I wrote about him while trying to set the scene for what turned out to be an exciting day. His story was just one in seemingly dozens of interesting ones that Id definitely like to experience again. Lets get into some links. — ESPNChicago.com Doug Padilla writes about Brandon Marshalls plan to wear green shoes against the Giants on Thursday night, a move the receiver knows will draw a fine for violating the NFLs uniform policy. — Giants running back David Wilson has been ruled out for Thursdays game, writes ESPN.com colleague Dan Graziano.