Fans can watch the Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game live online and see the two teams face off from London’s Wembley Stadium in an early morning NFL showdown.
The game is a first in NFL history, one that will not be broadcast on any television network but instead streamed online exclusively by Yahoo! (a link to streaming video can be found below).
The game is part of the continuation of the NFL’s London Series, which is now in its eighth year. The series has helped the league branch out to the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for what some insiders believe will be an eventual franchise in England.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 24, 2015
But that is still a long way off, and the game Sunday is an important one for the Buffalo Bills. At 3-3 the team stands at the periphery of the AFC playoff picture, and would need a win to keep pace with teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets. The New England Patriots look to already be running away with the AFC East, meaning the Bills will have to snatch a wild card berth or else risk their 16th consecutive season with no playoffs.
For the Jacksonville Jaguars, the game is a chance to put the season back on track after a string of horrid performances. The Jaguars are 1-5, with their only win coming over the dysfunctional Miami Dolphins.
But the Jaguars could have some important advantages. The Buffalo Bills have been hit hard by injuries. Defensive lineman Kyle Williams has been ruled out, as has wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
And it gets worse for the Bills. Percy Harvin is so banged up that he is reportedly considering retirement. Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whose athleticism has given the Bills offense a new dimension, is out as well, leaving third-year EJ Manuel to face the Jaguars.
With the bye week coming up and Taylor having the chance to fully heal, Bills coach Rex Ryan said that it wasn’t worth putting him in the game.
“He still has some soreness in that knee. That means basically when you touch it and it’s still sore, that it hasn’t healed all the way,” Ryan said, via ESPN. “We’re not going force this young man out there, put him out there, when he’s really not 100 percent.”
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 23, 2015
The Jaguars are also feeling at home in London, with Sunday being the team’s third game in Wembley Stadium.
“For us, London and Jacksonville is almost a marriage made in heaven,” owner Shad Khan told the team’s website earlier this year. “It’s been probably the No. 1 element in stabilizing the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I think it’s a crucial part of our franchise, to be able to play games there, to get the recognition and get the fan base. We have invested here and we want to invest obviously in London, and we want to have a long-term horizon to be able to do that.”
The start time for the Bills vs. Jaguars game is 9:30 a.m. ET, though that might be a bit tricky for fans who made the trek across the pond to see the game in person. London — and the rest of the United Kingdom — turned the clock back one week earlier than the United States, meaning that the normal five-hour time difference between London and the east coast is now four hours.
Fans who want to watch the Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game live online can click here for streaming video.
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