The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Tuesday that they will play two home games this fall at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The move means the Jaguars will become the first franchise in league history to play two home games in the same regular season outside of the United States.
That would be nothing more than an interesting fact to the Cleveland Browns, except they are now in the running as a possible opponent for one of the London games.
Jacksonville will keep its home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears at TIAA Bank Field, which means the London opponents will come from a pool of the Browns, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.
Each of those teams have played in London in the past five years, with the Texans making an appearance in 2019, the Titans in 2018, the Dolphins in 2017, the Colts in 2016 and the Lions in 2015. The Browns made their last appearance in London in 2017, when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 33-16, at Twickenham Stadium.
The NFL will clearly want to make this a marquee matchup, so that likely eliminates the Lions and Dolphins. While the Jaguars may not want to give up a game in Jacksonville against a divisional rival, the Titans or Texans would be an attractive option for one of the games.
Which means the spotlight could be turning directly onto the Browns for the other game, as they boast a roster of familiar names and big personalities in quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and defensive end Myles Garrett.
Beckham is also one of the ambassadors to the NFL Academy in London, which provides student ages 16-18 with the opportunity to get a high school education while also learning to play football from professional coaches. It is not hard to envision the league wanting one of its ambassadors to actually play a game in London.
The Jaguars did not announce a timeline for when the schedule will be set, but it usually comes out around the time of the NFL Draft.
In the meantime, Browns fans may want to start pricing air fare to London for this fall.