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Sputtering Vikings hope losing will stop in London

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings are bringing some extra baggage to London.

They don't have any wins to take with them, though. Just a home game they have to play overseas.

After their third straight loss to open this season, the Vikings packed up Monday for their long flight. They're considered the host team at Wembley Stadium this Sunday against Pittsburgh for the NFL's annual international showcase.

The Steelers are one of the other five 0-3 teams in the league, so the Vikings will face another vulnerable opponent. That's what Cleveland was supposed to be, however, and the Browns left the Metrodome with a 31-27 victory.

One concern is secondary depth. Cornerbacks Chris Cook and A.J. Jefferson and safety Jamarca Sanford were scheduled for MRI tests Monday on their injuries.

The famous arch rising above Wembley Stadium is becoming an increasingly familiar sight for NFL fans.

The London venue has become the trusted vehicle for the league's annual efforts to drum up more overseas interest. Heading into the first of two regular-season games at Wembley this year, it's clear that stadium officials want to see a lot more of the NFL as well.

With the league expanding its annual international series from one game to two this year, the usual questions arise whether one day the league will expand to London. And while the league says any such decision is several years away, Wembley officials say they'll be ready if the day comes.

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