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Minnesota Vikings Heading Back To London In 2017

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The NFL announced its International Series games for 2017, and the purple will be making a return trip to London.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

On Tuesday morning, the National Football League announced their four International Series games for the 2017 season, and the Minnesota Vikings will be making another trip to the United Kingdom. This time, however, they will be playing in the UK as the road team, not as the home team.

The Vikings will be taking on the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium in London on either the 22nd or the 29th of October, which will be either Week 7 or 8 of the 2017 season. The Browns will be considered the home team for the matchup. Since teams returning from London usually get a bye week, this means that the Vikings’ bye week will fall more in the middle of the season, which may or may not be helpful, depending on your perspective.

Twickenham Stadium is the home of England Rugby, and with a capacity of 82,000 is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world. Twickenham will host two NFL games this season, as they will host a matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. That matchup will also happen in either Week 7 or Week 8. No word on when the NFL will decide which matchups will take place in which week.

The last time the Vikings made the pilgrimage to the United Kingdom was back in 2013, when they played the role of the home team in a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Vikings emerged victorious in that game by a score of 34-27, holding off a Steelers’ comeback in the waning seconds to get the win.

Two other NFL matchups will take place at the “regular” venue of Wembley Stadium in London. They will take place in Weeks 3 and 4, and the NFL has not yet specified which game will be played in which week. Those games will feature the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Baltimore Ravens, and the Miami Dolphins hosting the New Orleans Saints.

So, Vikings fans, our favorite football team is making a return trip to London next season. Are you excited? Will you be making the trip?