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Bengals new lease allows them to play international 'home' games

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

The Bengals might not be playing all of their home games at Paul Brown Stadium. (USATSI)
The Bengals might not be playing all of their home games at Paul Brown Stadium. (USATSI)

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Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth probably isn't going to like this news: His team can now play in London. A new lease agreement with Hamilton County that was agreed to on Thursday allows the Bengals to play two international "home" games, according to the team's website.

Under the team's previous lease, the Bengals had to play all eight of their regular-season home games at Paul Brown Stadium, which is owned by Hamilton County.

Since the International Series began in 2007, a total of 13 teams have played in eight games at Wembley Stadium in London (the Patriots, Buccaneers and 49ers have played there twice). If you include the teams playing at Wembley for the first time in 2014 -- Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas and Oakland -- then the total jumps to 17 teams.

Cincinnati is one of the 15 remaining teams that haven't been sent overseas yet, which is good news to Whitworth. The Bengals offensive lineman said in June that he would quit if he was on an NFL team that moved to London. Whitworth also said he would hate playing there on a one-game basis.

Under terms of the new lease agreement, the Bengals will also be getting a new $10 million scoreboard, a bigger weight room and Paul Brown Stadium will be outfitted with wi-fi, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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