NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans will travel across the pond in 2018.
The NFL released its 2018 London games, which feature the Titans vs. the Los Angeles Chargers on either Oct. 21 or Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium. It will be a Chargers home game played in Week 7 or Week 8.
“We are excited as a franchise to be playing in London as part of the NFL’s International Series,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said. “There is a great relationship developing between Nashville and London, with music being the common thread. We are looking forward to showcasing our team to the NFL fans in London and throughout Europe.”
“Being asked to play overseas is a result of the success we have had over the last two years,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. “We will be doing a lot of legwork during this offseason to ensure we make that week as normal as possible for our team, but we are excited as an organization to be part of this game.”
This is a part of the NFL's International Series, which began with games in London during the 2007 season. Mexico City was added as a site in 2016. There weren't plans for Tennessee to give up a home game to play in London, which is surely good news for Titans fans.
Seahawks-Raiders on Oct. 14 (Week 6) and Eagles-Jaguars Oct. 21 or 28 (Week 7 or 8) are the other games scheduled to be played in London. The full NFL schedule with dates and times is typically released in April.
NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood told ESPN in October: “[There's] a desire to try to get the other six teams that haven’t been over as well. It’s not the be-all and end-all, but you kind of like to get closer to have all 32 teams over. That seems like a really nice narrative.”
Tennessee, along with Philadelphia and Seattle, are three of the six NFL teams that haven't played a football game overseas. All will play road games there in 2018.
The Titans play the Chargers in 2018 because both teams finished in second place of their AFC divisions. Titans nonconference opponents also include the Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Redskins and Ravens at home, and the Cowboys, Giants, Bills, Dolphins and Chargers on the road.
The NFL held four games in London during the 2017 season.