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London Calling: Cleveland Browns lose home game to play first overseas game vs. Vikings in 2017

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It’s official: the Cleveland Browns will lose a home game in 2017, as they will “host” the Minnesota Vikings in London during either Week 7 (10/22/17) or Week 8 (10/29/17).

The start time of the game has not yet been unveiled, but there were reports earlier this season that the league would do away with the 9:00 AM ET games and go back to 1:00 PM ET start times. The Vikings vs. Browns game will be played at Twickenham Stadium in London, England.

Week 3 or 4: Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3 or 4: New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 7 or 8: Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 7 or 8: Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams

According to the Browns’ website, “Season ticket members will not pay a higher average ticket price than they did in 2016 and the overall cost of season tickets will be reduced because the ticket package will decrease from 10 games to nine.”

Even though it sucks that Cleveland is losing a home game, it’s exciting to participate in the international series for the first time. Also, many other teams have been subjected to losing a home game over the past however many years, including the Bengals in 2016. Cleveland was eventually going to lose one and aren’t being singled out, so I’m fine with it...as long as it’s not an every-year occurrence.

Looking forward to the game, Hue Jackson will get to coach against Mike Zimmer. Those two are close friends from their time together in Cincinnati.