New York Jets, London Games, 2022
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The Jets have appeared in five games beyond American borders

The NFL unveiled part of its international plans for the 2022-23 season on Monday, announcing which five teams will host regular season games beyond American borders.

Green Bay, New Orleans, and Jacksonville will serve as the home teams in London-based games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium while Arizona and Tampa Bay will respectively call Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca and Munich’s Allianz Arena home for four quarters.

The Packers’ inclusion is noteworthy for several reasons. On a national level, Green Bay was the only team in the NFL that had yet to appear in an international regular season game (though they previously appeared in exhibition contests in Toronto, Tokyo, and Winnipeg).

In more local affairs, though, the Packers are the only team amongst the New York Jets‘ 2022-23 road opponents that is set to sacrifice a domestic contest for a European vacation.

New York has partaken in five international contests in its six-plus decade history, including three in the regular season. The most recent came last fall, when the Jets dropped a 27-20 decision to the Atlanta Falcons in London.

Their previous trips included exhibition games in Montreal in 1988 and Tokyo in 2003, while they previously topped divisional competition from Buffalo (Toronto, 2009) and Miami (London, 2015, this one held at Wembley Stadium).

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Though the United Kingdom was established as their International Home Marketing Area (sharing it with Chicago, Jacksonville, Miami, Minnesota, and San Francisco), it stands to reason that the Jets would be a longshot to reprise their roles as London visitors. The NFL’s International Series has routinely opted for a variety of opponents, as only Jacksonville (who will make their record ninth showing this fall) has appeared more than five times.

Detroit is the only team that has made consecutive appearances as a visitor since the International Series began in 2007, doing so in 2014-15 through back-to-back London trips.

In addition to the overseas announcements, the NFL also announced that Jacksonville and Las Vegas will partake in this summer’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game exhibition on Aug. 4. The full 2022-23 NFL schedule will be unveiled at a later date.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com
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