Vikings Week 4: Scouting the Steelers

  • Updated: September 25, 2013 - 8:32 PM

GAME 4

PITTSBURGH VS. VIKINGS

Noon Sunday

Wembley Stadium, London

TV: Ch. 4

Radio: 100.3-FM

About the Steelers' record: 0-3

• Coach Mike Tomlin, the former Vikings defensive coordinator, never has been below .500 during his seven years in Pittsburgh — until now.

•  The Steelers are last in the NFL in rushing, but second-round pick Le’Veon Bell should make his season debut at RB after missing three games because of injury.

• Pittsburgh is a minus-9 in turnover differential. It has no interceptions or fumble recoveries. The Steelers had 35 takeaways in 2010 and have only 35 since then.

• The Steelers have lost at home to Tennessee and Chicago, and at Cincinnati.

• Pittsburgh is 28th in the league in both total offense and total defense.

Player speak: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER

• The 10-year veteran threw for 406 yards against Chicago on Sunday but was intercepted twice, lost two fumbles and was sacked three times.

• On the turnovers:“That’s on me, and I can’t have it happen. If we don’t turn the ball over in critical situations, or as much as we have, then we are in most of [our] games.”

• On his July promotional trip to London: “I took it as this is just a money-making thing for the NFL, but when I got over there … there were a lot of different football fans over there, so once I got to see that, I got to see that it’s going to be neat for them and a neat experience for us, so I’ve embraced it a lot more.”

Coach speak: MIKE TOMLIN

• On traveling to London: “We’re just treating it as a road game. Obviously it’s a bit different from a travel standpoint from a distance, but probably not much different than West Coast teams going to the East Coast.”

• On his team’s lack of takeaways: “We’ve been behind, which limits the opportunity for those kinds of things to present themselves.”

• On the Steelers’ losing record: “We’ve turned the ball over, particularly in the red area, and obviously that takes points off the board. People have scored directly off those turnovers … you can’t do that in the NFL and expect to be better than 0-3. We understand that, but understanding that is only part of it. We’ve got to rectify, we got to fix it.

 

CHRIS MILLER

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Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland - WP: J. Johnson 10 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: Y. Herrera 9
Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: R. Erlin 2
Los Angeles - LP: B. League 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 3
New York 109 FINAL
Brooklyn 98
Denver 105 FINAL
LA Clippers 117
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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