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Vikings to Play Browns in London Next Season

Despite their recent struggles, the Minnesota Vikings remain a popular draw, both in the United States and overseas. U.S. Bank Stadium is the crown jewel of NFL venues; a home fit for Norse kings. But next season, the team will travel to England to face the Cleveland Browns as part of the NFL’s London Games.

The NFL released its slate of four international games on Tuesday morning, which include matchups between the Saints and Dolphins, Ravens and Jaguars, and Cardinals and Rams. The Vikings will serve as road opponents to the Browns, with the game being played in Week 7 (October 22, 2017) or Week 8 (October 29, 2017).

Minnesota last played in London in 2013, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 behind Adrian Peterson’s two-touchdown day. That game was played at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 83,000 fans and serves as an example of one of the league’s more exciting international contests.

Next year, the Vikings and Browns will play at Twickenham Stadium, home of England’s Rugby team and site of another NFL game earlier this season. The Giants defeated the Rams 17-10 in front of more than 74,000 fans, though the Vikings’ international appeal could draw even larger crowds. The stadium, affectionately known as “The Cabbage Patch,” has the capacity to hold more than 82,000 fans.

Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf released a statement following the announcement:

[quote_box_center]“We are honored to once again represent the NFL on a global level and help grow the game of football. This is a unique opportunity to continue highlighting the Vikings brand on an international stage and to give our fans around the world another opportunity to see their favorite team up close.”[/quote_box_center]

The 2017 matchup marks Minnesota’s sixth international appearance. Aside from the two regular season games — 2013 and 2017 — the Vikings have played four exhibition games in Europe and Asia, per the team’s official website.

Aug. 6, 1983: Vikings 28, St. Louis Cardinals 10 in London, England

Aug. 14, 1988: Vikings 28, Bears 21 in Goteburg, Sweden

Aug. 7, 1993: Vikings 20, Bills 6 in Berlin, Germany

Aug. 7, 1994: Vikings 17, Chiefs 9 in Tokyo, Japan

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Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu
3 years ago

Let’s see and Goodwill (sarcasm) can’t figure out why the ratings are dropping. Really sending the BROWNS to London…..as Charlie Brown would say “Good Grief!”

Brett Anderson
Reply to  Sun Tzu
3 years ago

At least he’s coupling them with the Vikings?

Matt Russ
Matt Russ
3 years ago

Is this why we “drafted” MOBO?

Brett Anderson
Reply to  Matt Russ
3 years ago

I still don’t mind the MOBO pick. In the seventh round, the raw talent and upside is there. He’s just going to need a lot of time… We’ll see how it all turns out.

luvvikings
Reply to  Brett Anderson
3 years ago

MoBo was a 6th round pick.

luvvikings
Reply to  luvvikings
3 years ago

But I sure agree the raw talent and upside are there. He could be a good one in a year or two.

Brett Anderson
Reply to  luvvikings
3 years ago

You’re right. Though, my point remains. Still don’t mind it. The upside is there.

luvvikings
Reply to  Brett Anderson
3 years ago

I didn’t mind the pick either. Ok, currently low floor but the ceiling for him is sky high. Incredible speed for someone his size and I have seen him make some pretty nice catches. In what little I saw of him in his highlights from Germany, he catches with his hands away from his body. He didn’t let the ball hit his chest. He just has to refine his route running.

Brett Anderson
Reply to  luvvikings
3 years ago

Agreed. I’m excited to watch his development (hopefully) over the next few years.

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