The Pittsburgh Steelers take their 0-3 record overseas to face a team who is also bringing their 0-3 record as well. The Steelers will square off against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London in a battle to see which team can find their first win.
The Vikings enter this game after suffering a surprising loss to the Cleveland Browns who were led by Brian Hoyer at quarterback. The Vikings have kept their games reasonable all season including a narrow loss against the Chicago Bears. The Vikings of course are known for their tremendous running back, Adrian Peterson. Aside from his 78-yard touchdown run in week one, Peterson hasn’t exactly been that big of a threat. The Vikings will look to get him going early against the Steelers so the pressure won’t fall on backup quarterback Matt Cassel who gets the start due to a rib injury suffered by Christian Ponder.
As for the Steelers, their most recent loss came at the hands of the Bears. The Steelers turned the ball over five times in that game. Ben Roethlisberger was responsible for four of the turnovers while the struggling running game turned it over once. Felix Jones was the culprit of that turnover.
Even though the Steelers lost that game they still managed to make it close at one point. The offense for the Steeler finally found some life. A big night for Antonio Brown helped the Steelers put up a fight against the Bears. Heath Miller returned last week and played well. Having a big night from Brown and solid play from Miller will definitely help the offense going forward.
There’s still the questions of the running game for the Steelers. After three games of virtually nothing from the backfield, rookie Le’Veon Bell is expected to play Sunday. Bell will look to provide help for the running game. If he plays well this could be the start of finally fixing the problems in the backfield.
The Steelers defense had a solid game against the Bears aside from giving up a couple crucial first downs the defense hasn’t given us a lot to complain about. The defense will need to generate more turnovers, the defense has yet to come up with one through three games. If they can get a few takeaways the Steelers will be in better position to win a game.
The Steelers have a good chance against a team that’s struggling just as bad as they are. The Steelers will need to contain the always dangerous Peterson while the offense will need to attempt to stay on track. Another loss really isn’t an option at this point, time’s running out for both teams.