It’s another year, another milestone for the NFL’s growth in the UK.
Two games at Tottenham last year made it 30 to be played in London since the first in 2007.
Only one of the NFL’s 32 teams is yet to make the trip across the Atlantic.
But this year London is finally calling for the Green Bay Packers, winners of a record 13 NFL championships, including the pre-Super Bowl era.
Their game with the New York Giants is the pick of this year’s line-up, with two sell-out games at Tottenham followed by another at Wembley.
They begin with a well-matched contest between two play-off regulars and end with a mouth-watering clash between two very different star quarterbacks.
And after a muted return last year following the Covid-19 pandemic, the NFL’s traditional pre-game festivities are back across the English capital.
To kick-off this year’s series, the NFL is staging a ‘takeover’ of London’s South Bank, with fan events at four locations before this Sunday’s game, where Yungblud will perform the half-time show.
The Minnesota Vikings face the New Orleans Saints and both teams hope to reach this season’s play-offs after narrowly missing out last year.
The Saints have lost Drew Brees and Sean Payton – their Super Bowl-winning quarterback and coach from 2010 – in the space of 12 months, and they have started the season with a 1-2 record.
New coach Dennis Allen has reiterated his support for quarterback Jameis Winston but he was ruled out through injury on Saturday, and big-name offensive threats Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were also added to the inactive list.
The Saints flew straight to London after Sunday’s defeat at the Carolina Panthers, while Minnesota are 2-1 under their new coach Kevin O’Connell, who was offensive coordinator for last season’s Super Bowl winners, the Los Angeles Rams.
Kirk Cousins has been one of the NFL’s most consistent quarterbacks in recent years, while wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook have been two of the best in their positions, so there will be plenty of attacking talent on show at Tottenham.