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NFL Preview: Atlanta Falcons (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

STADIUM: Wembley Stadium (London)
REFEREE: Craig Wrolstad

DATE: Sunday, October 1, 2023 GAME TIME: 9:30 AM ET
ESPN+: Chris Fowler, Louis Riddick, Dan Orlovsky, Laura Rutledge
Westwood One: J.P. Shadrick, James Lofton
SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) ATL: 109 or 383 JAX: 104 or 225 National: 158 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY: REG. SEASON: ATL leads series, 5-3 (won past 4)

THE LAST TIME …REG. SEASON: 11/28/21: ATL 21 at JAX 14

HEAD COACHES NOTES:

Arthur Smith vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-0 Reg. Season: 16-21 (.432) Postseason: 0-0

Doug Pederson vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 3-1 Reg. Season: 52-47-1 (.525) Postseason: 5-3 (.625)

ATLANTA FALCONS NOTES:

  • ATLANTA will play at Wembley Stadium for 2nd time & compete in 4th international reg. season game in franchise history (12/1/13 at Rogers Centre, Toronto; 10/26/14 at Wembley Stadium, London; 10/10/21 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London).
  • QB DESMOND RIDDER passed for 201 yards in Week 3. Has TD pass in 3 of his past 4 starts.
  • RB BIJAN ROBINSON (rookie) had 4 catches & 60 scrimmage yards (33 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 3. Leads all rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (315) & leads all NFL RBs with 14 receptions.
  • RB TYLER ALLGEIER has 45+ rush yards in 9 of his past 10.
  • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 135 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Had 7 catches & 114 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 54 rush) in his last international game (10/10/21 vs. NYJ).
  • WR DRAKE LONDON has 5+ receptions in 6 of his past 8 games.
  • TE JONNU SMITH had 5 receptions in Week 3, his 9th-career game with 5+ catches.
  • TE KYLE PITTS had season-high 5 catches last week. Had career-high 9 catches for 119 yards & 1st-career TD catch in only career international game (10/10/21 vs. NYJ).
  • S JESSIE BATES led team with 11 tackles & had 3rd INT of season last week, his 12th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 10+ tackles.
  • LB KADEN ELLISS had season-high 10 tackles last week, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL.
  • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL had 31.5 sacks & 44 TFL in 3 seasons (2017-19) with Jax. Has 2.5 sacks, 3 TFL & FF in 3 career games at Wembley & aims for his 4th in row at Wembley with 0.5+ sacks.
  • DL DAVID ONYEMATA has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS NOTES:

  • JAGUARS will be playing 10th game in London all-time & 9th at Wembley Stadium, both most among NFL teams.
  • QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 27 of 40 atts. (67.5 pct.) for season-high 279 yards last week. Passed for 228 yards in last meeting. Will become 4th QB to start 3+ games in London (Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton).
  • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had season-high 138 scrimmage yards (88 rush, career-high 50 rec.) last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games this season. Had career-high 156 rush yards & rush TD in last game in London (10/30/22 vs. Den.).
  • RB TANK BIGSBY (rookie) had 2nd rush TD of season last week.
  • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 4 catches for 54 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards.
  • WR CALVIN RIDLEY spent 1st 4 seasons of career (2018-21) with Atl., totaling 248 catches, 3,342 rec. yards & 28 rec. TDs.
  • WR JAMAL AGNEW had season-best 49 rec. yards last week.
  • TE EVAN ENGRAM led team with season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (67) in Week 3. Is 1 of 3 TEs with 5+ catches in each of 1st 3 weeks of season. Had 55 rec. yards & TD catch in last game in London (10/30/22 vs. Den.).
  • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with season-high 14 tackles last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 37 tackles & is 1 of 3 with 10+ tackles in each of 1st 3 weeks. Spent 1st 4 seasons of career (2018-21) with Atl., incl. 2021 where he led NFL with 192 tackles.
  • LB DEVIN LLOYD aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & PD.
  • S ANDRE CISCO had 7 tackles last week & has 7+ tackles in 2 of 3 games this season.
  • S RAYSHAWN JENKINS had 7 tackles & TFL in Week 3. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles.
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