Could the Denver Broncos be playing in London in 2022?
With the NFL re-launching its international series, many key members of the Denver Broncos franchise are bullish on playing abroad in 2022.
On the Denver Broncos docket for 2022 is a trip down to Jacksonville to face Duval’s pride, Jacksonville Jaguars. However, there is steam building that this game could potentially be played in London as the NFL looks to re-ignite its International Series as the travel restrictions and scares of COVID-19 have seemed to dwindle.
If you ask Nathaniel Hackett, Russell Wilson, or even Joe Ellis, this would be a treat for some of the core pieces of the Denver Broncos, Ellis went as far as saying those guys were “bullish” on the opportunity.
Dating back to when the series began, the Jacksonville Jaguars have become a familiar face in London as they have found themselves in London more frequently than any other NFL franchise. In 2014, the Jaguars debuted in London against the Dallas Cowboys with a 31-17 loss, but have compiled a 4-4 win-loss record beginning with that matchup.
They have been more successful overseas than they have been in the states actually.
When now Denver Broncos’ head coach, Nathaniel Hackett, was with the Jaguars from 2016-to 2018, the team played in London on three separate occasions:
- Beating the Indianapolis Colts, 30-27 in 2016
- Dragging the Baltimore Ravens through the mud, 44-7 in 2017.
- Losing against the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-18 in 2018.
Fun fact, Nathaniel Hackett has two sons and one of their names is actually London.
Hackett also is a fan of the musician Fergie, who had an all-time hit titled London Bridge. While this may mean nothing in regards to his willingness to play in London, he is a guy who appreciates pop culture and talented musicians/dancers.
As far as the Denver Broncos go, they played in London back in 2010 when they lost a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, 24-16. Kyle Orton led the Broncos n passing with 370 passing yards and a touchdown while completing 28-of-40 pass attempts.
Brandon Lloyd had a phenomenal day as he did often in 2012, finishing with seven receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. In 2020, the Denver Broncos were expected to play the Atlanta Falcons in London, but then COVID-19 took the world by storm and ultimately forced the NFL to put the international series on hold.
Amongst many enticing games, primetime games even, a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars in London could be one of the more interesting games as fans abroad will get to see the new-look Denver Broncos in action and may help grow the already strong family in Broncos Country.