Steelers To Play Vikings In London
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at 1 p.m. (in London) CBS
"It's definitely a business trip," declared C William Gay.
Gay made it clear there's a sense of urgency. All of the Steelers appear in no mood to take in the sights or meet and greet any Royals. They can do that on their own time during the off season.
Antonio Brown continued with focusing on the mission this weekend. "You have to stay singularly focused on what is important."
It's also clear the Steelers need to improve their offensive game including the running game (Steelers to date have only rushed 32% of the time). Steelers are also averaging the worst in the AFC with 51.7 yards. In addition, the team has to focus on reducing turnovers. While Roethlisberger showed some signs of improvement last week, he has four interceptions in the last three games (with only four TD's). The good news? Antonio Brown is playing well.
The defense has to also perform better especially in forcing turnovers. Having said that, Troy is having a good season. The Steelers have done a decent job in stopping the run.
TE Heath Miller will be playing as well as the debut of RB Le'Veon Bell. These two can certainly give the offense the punch it so dearly needs right now.
It's undeniable the Steelers are in a must-win situation (they haven't started 0-4 since the 1968 season). A loss this weekend will diminish their chances of making the playoffs considerably. Less than 4% of the teams who have started 0-3 have made the playoffs in the last 35 years (since the beginning of a 16 game season). Only San Diego made the playoffs after beginning 0-4. That was in 1992.
The Vikings have yet to hold an opponent to under 30 points.
It's time the Steelers play like the Pittsburgh Steelers.