New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - NFL fans will need to awake early to catch
the entire Week 8 schedule for the 2014 season, with the league announcing
that the Atlanta Falcons-Detroit Lions matchup at London's Wembley Stadium
will kick off at 9:30 a.m. (et) on Oct. 26.
The start time, which will be the earliest in NFL history, is designed to
showcase the International Series clash and allow for increased exposure to a
Next season will also mark the first time the NFL will hold three regular-
season games in London. In addition to the Atlanta-Detroit contest, the Miami
Dolphins will take on the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 28 and the Dallas Cowboys
and Jacksonville Jaguars will square off on Nov. 9.
The other two London games will begin at the customary 1 p.m. (et) start time.
"We are excited about playing three regular-season games in the UK for the
first time and debuting a new game time that we expect to be a hit with fans
on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world," said NFL chief marketing
officer Mark Waller.
The NFL held two games at Wembley Stadium for the first time this season. The
Minnesota Vikings claimed a 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers before
83,518 fans at Wembley on Sept. 29, while the San Francisco 49ers rolled to a
42-10 victory over the Jaguars on Oct. 27.
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