Cardinals, Browns and Ravens head to London for the first time in the 2017 NFL International Series

There will be three first time visitors to the International Series as the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns all head to London.

Two games will be played at Wembley – Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.

The remaining two game – Cardinals at L.A. Rams and Minnesota Vikings at Browns will be played at Twickenham. Dates are yet to be confirmed.

With four games being played in the UK for the first time it is another big step forward for the International Series. There are just six teams that have not made the trip to London and it can only be a matter of time before the likes of the Green Bay Packers make their way across the pond.

It may not appear to be the most exciting line-up of games at first glance. But by this time next year there will be new head coaches in LA and probably Jacksonville and a top rookie quarterback in Cleveland. Add to that some all time great players and it is an intriguing mix.

There will be a big NFC West clash when the Rams host the Cardinals.

The Cardinals have an almost endless list of stars and British fans will get to see the likes of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald for the very first time.

With Jeff Fisher being fired in Los Angeles the team will have a new head coach. Rumours are that Jim Harbaugh will leave Michigan to return to the NFL so we could see both of the Harbaugh brothers in London in 2017.

With both of these teams looking likely to improve next season, this could well be the game of the year in London.

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This will be the fourth time that the Dolphins have played in London and the third in the past four years. In fact, the Dolphins have played more games in the UK than any team but the Jaguars.

Perhaps the biggest name of any of the British players in the league, Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi will play in the city he was born for the very first time.

It will be the second time that the Saints have come over for an International Series game. The first was almost a decade ago when they hosted the Chargers.

This is likely to be the last time that British fans will get to see Drew Brees in the flesh with the future hall of famer getting towards the end of his career.

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The Browns will play in their first International Series game when they host the Vikings. With Cleveland looking all but certain to have the first pick in next year’s draft, we could well get to see the team with a young, talented quarterback leading an offence with exciting players such as Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman.

The Vikings will return to the UK for the first time since they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.

It remains to be seen if it will be Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback for the Vikings but the team’s fearsome defence will be on show as well as one of the best running backs of all time – Adrian Peterson.

Airman, Jaguars take American football to UK's capital

The Jaguars will once again play at Wembley where they will host another team making their first trip to the capital – the Ravens.

The Jags have turned London into a second home with some players even saying there is a better atmosphere than in their home stadium.

Things could look very different by the time Jacksonville make their way to the UK with doubts about the future of Gus Bradley and Blake Bortles.

John Harbaugh and his Ravens team will once again be amongst the favourites in the AFC next season and they will have to beat a Jaguars team that has won on its past two visits.

 

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