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Aaron Rodgers, Jets to play Vikings in London in Week 5

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The NFL international schedule was announced early Wednesday morning, and the Jets are one of the six teams heading to London.

Gang Green is set to play Minnesota on Oct. 6 in Week 5 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, marking the first time since 2021 the Jets will play in an international game. The Falcons defeated the Jets, 27-20, that year at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

On Monday, the NFL announced that the Jets will play the 49ers on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 9. This is the second consecutive year that the Jets will begin their season on “Monday Night Football.”

Aaron Rodgers suffered an Achilles tear four plays into last year’s Jets season opener against the Bills. He missed the rest of the 2023 season but practiced with the team during the final month after the Jets placed him on the 53-man roster in December.

Without Rodgers, the Jets finished 7-10 and third in the AFC East last season. The four-time NFL MVP is not expected to have any restrictions when OTAs begin on May 20.

The Jets could face former first-round pick Sam Darnold in Week 5. He signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Vikings this offseason.

In 2018, the Jets selected Darnold third overall out of USC. He threw for 8,097 yards, 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions over three seasons before the Jets traded him to the Panthers in 2021 for sixth-round, second-round and fourth-round picks.

Darnold will compete for the Vikings starting quarterback job with rookie J.J. McCarthy, who was selected 10th overall in the 2024 NFL Draft out of Michigan.

In addition to Jets-Vikings, the Bears will face the Jaguars in London on Oct. 13. The Jaguars will stay in London the following week to play the Patriots on Oct. 20.

Germany will host one NFL game in 2024. The Giants and Panthers will play in Munich on Nov. 10.

The rest of the NFL schedule will be released Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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