Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings In London: Week 4 Matchup Crucial For 0-3 Teams As England Could Get Franchise If NFL Fan Base Triples

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Sep 24, 2013 11:06 AM EDT
Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) fights to break free from Cincinnati Bengals' Michael Johnson (93) during the second half of play in their NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 16, 2013. (Photo : Reuters) "

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings may have seemed like a great matchup when the NFL scheduled the game for London this season in Week 4, but with both teams 0-3 on the season, it puts two losing clubs on display for the world to see on Sunday and the game will be broadcast at 1 pm from Wembley Stadium in England.

The Vikings are in just as bad a situation, as they are 0-3 now after losing to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and they need the win just as much as the Steelers do. The Vikings made the playoffs last season and the Steelers missed out, but both will be home for the holidays if they don't turn it around in Week 4.

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London has played host to games for years now and while many speculate that a team could move there someday, that is likely at least a decade away if not more and the NFL knows it. According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL wants to get the fan base in England to be triple the size that it is now and with two games being played in England this year, it could be a sign of more things to come. NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood made the comments and said that three games a year could be happening soon.

The Steelers have a bye week coming up after the London game and things don't get any easier on the schedule, as the team plays against the surprising 2-1 Jets on the road and then hosts the always tough Baltimore Ravens in a division game. The next two games could decide their season, as a road trip to the West coast to play the Raiders is never easy and then the team has an anticipated matchup against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road.

The team then hosts the Bills and the Lions before a tough road division stretch against the Ravens and the Browns and then the team hosts the surprising 3-0 Dolphins. The team finished with home games against the Browns and Bengals and has one road game in Week 16 against the Packers.

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