NFL at Wembley: Jay Ajayi hoping for winning return to London with Philadelphia Eagles

Last Updated July 17 2018, 18:41NFL
Jay Ajayi won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles
Jay Ajayi won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles

London-born running back Jay Ajayi is hoping it will be third time lucky this October as he looks to finally win a game at Wembley Stadium when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ajayi has played at Wembley twice before with the Miami Dolphins - the club he left in a mid-season trade to join the Eagles before going on to win the Super Bowl.

The Eagles face the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 28 in the third and final game of the NFL International Series matches taking place in the UK this autumn.

In the other fixtures, the Seattle Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders at Tottenham's new ground on October 14, before the LA Chargers face the Tennessee Titans at Wembley a week later.

It will be a first visit for the Eagles, Ajayi is making his third appearance after two unsuccessful attempts with the Dolphins, and he's desperate to finally grab a win on home soil.


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"Yeah, there's going to be a great atmosphere this year," Ajayi told Sky Sports.

"This will be my third time coming to Wembley. I've lost the last two, so I'm due for a win. It's time.

"I think it will be a special time and obviously, we are playing against a great team in the Jags. That's kind of London's team and here, I think the atmosphere will be special."

Jacksonville are regulars in London and the game could have been a Super Bowl rematch with the Jaguars only narrowly missing out to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game last season.

But for Tom Brady the Jaguars would have been lining up against the Eagles in Minnesota, and Ajayi is fully aware that Jacksonville will again be a team to watch out for this season - especially their famed defence.

"Yeah, they have a great defence," Ajayi said. "They do a lot of things well, a lot of great pieces on there.

"But I'm excited about that challenge and I'm excited about the team that I'm on and us being able to rise to that."

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