The Vikings (0-3) are coming off a disappointing home loss to the Cleveland Browns and the Steelers (0-3) are coming off a home loss to the Chicago Bears.
The Vikings and Steelers have not played since 2009. The Steelers handed the Vikings a 27-17 loss at Heinz Field.
Best Individual Matchup
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Jared Allen. Two very good players that do what they do very well. Allen can get to the quarterback. Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL at breaking tackles.
Keys to a Vikings Victory
No. 1 - Avoid the distractions. The Vikings have been in England all week as the designated home team and have been inundated with activities and events to promote American football in England and Europe. Those events may take their attention away from getting prepared to play the Steelers. The Vikings must keep their focus on the task at hand.
No. 2 - Win the battle in the trenches. Matt Cassel does not have the mobility to elude the pass rush, so the Vikings offensive line is going to have to play much better than it has through three weeks this season. The defensive line needs to get pressure on Roethlisberger and get him out of his comfort zone. The Vikings are thin in the secondary. They will need help from Allen, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen and company.
Outlook: The Vikings look bad. The Steelers look bad. The Vikings spent the week in a pseudo-vacation in England while trying to prepare for the game. The Steelers traveled over the pond just a couple days before the game. The Vikings lost to the Bears in Week 2 by one point margin in Chicago and the Steelers lost to the Bears by 17 points at home. By virtue of the common opponent, the Vikings get their first win of the season. Vikings 13, Steelers 7.