Souhan blog: Game day in London!
- Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
- September 29, 2013 - 7:48 AM
About to board a bus for Wembley Stadium. As usual, I have no idea who's going to win the game but if it comes down to rest and karma, the Vikings have a shot.
Jared Allen revealed the way most NFL players feel about playing overseas when he said he would never sign with a team in London, but the Vikings have put on a good show, repeatedly thanking their hosts.
They also have been enabled to full adapt to the time change, while the Steelers arrived on Friday and may still be off-schedule. Or as they say here, sshhhedule.
Changing to a journeyman quarterback and adding a blocking back don't seem to be like dramatic moves, but I do think Matt Cassel's willingness to throw downfield and Jerome Felton's lead blocking could spread out an overrated Steelers' defense. I see a big game for Adrian Peterson and the wide receivers getting at least a little more involved than they have been.
If Cordarrelle Patterson doesn't play half the offensive snaps, Bill Musgrave should be locked into Churchill's bunker.
The real concern for the Vikings is on defense. It's incumbent on the pass rush to hide some of the flaws of a wafer-thin secondary, but getting to Ben Roethlisberger and sacking him are often two different things. What's remarkable about Big Big is he appears to the naked eye to be about the same size as Jared Allen. He also has the dangerous Antonio Brown to throw to, and the return of Heath Miller, an excellent all-around tight end who is a Big Ben favorite, should allow Pittsburgh to move the ball efficiently even if they can't run well.
Just the facts: Tim Brewster's Big Ten winning percentage: .222. Jerry Kill's: .235.
I'll be on the last Ron Gardenhire Show of the season at 9:30 from London, then will be on the line with Scott Korzenowski from London for Sunday Sports Talk from 10-noon on 1500ESPN.
Please follow me during the game tonight on Twitter at @Souhanstrib.
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