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Seahawks to play Raiders in London in 2018

Seahawks to play Raiders in London in 2018

The Seahawks vs. Raiders matchup will be the NFL's debut game played at the new Tottenham Hotspur venue.

There is one game less than 2017 - when four matches took place in London.

In the following two weeks, the Eagles will play the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Titans will play the Los Angeles Chargers, both at Wembley Stadium.

The Chargers' last game in London, a 37-32 loss to New Orleans in Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2008, was a quarterback duel between Philip Rivers, who completed 25 of 40 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and the Saints' Drew Brees, who completed 20 of 41 passes for 339 yards and three scores.

"We continue to be very excited by the growth of the NFL in the UK", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a release. According to the Tribune, NFL rules state teams in temporary home stadiums are required to play worldwide games.

"It's been 10 years since we last played in London, and other than the outcome of the game, the experience there among the worldwide fans was pretty cool", Rivers said in the team's statement.

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The move to play three games instead of four at just Tottenham's stadium coincides with the team's ambitions to become home to a UK-based National Football League team.

That one will feature the Seahawks and the Raiders on October 14.

"This is another important year as we develop our plans for London and the United Kingdom", said NFL Executive Vice President of global and Events Mark Waller.

Levy said: 'Our vision was always to deliver far more than a stadium - we have looked to create a new sport and leisure destination for London and to start real place change in Tottenham - an area about which we are passionate. We are able to contemplate something as audacious as having a team in London. Tottenham Hotspur and the league will split gate receipts and food, drink and merchandise sales from NFL games there.

"Being asked to play overseas is a result of the success we have had over the last two years", said Titans General Manager Jon Robinson.

The NFL has contributed $13.5 million toward the tailoring of the stadium. The order of those games will be announced closer to the season. The Philadelphia Eagles will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have become a regular in London.

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