Prompting quarterback Ben Roethisberger to proclaim, “Right now, you could say we’re the worst team in the league!”, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost a 34-27 decision to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings (1-3) on Sunday in front of 84,000 international fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
With the loss, the Steelers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1968, and are tied for the NFL’s worst record with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. Their “bye week” will follow before a confrontation with the New York Jets on October 13.
Roethlisberger led the Steelers from deficits 0f 10-0, 20-10 and 34-17, but fumbled away the ball at the Vikings’ six-yard line with less than a half-minute remaining in the game. He also threw an interception, and the Steelers’ defense played yet another game without a takeaway.
Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassell, subbing for the injured Christian Ponder, threw a pair of touchdown passes to Greg Jennings, one of which Jennings took 70 yards for a score. Adrian Peterson rushed for 140 yards and two scores, including a 60-yarder. Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals, including a 54-yarder.
For Pittsburgh, second-round draft choice Le’Veon Bell, held from action the first three games due to injury, ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns, and Jerricho Cotchery caught five passes for 103 yards and a score. Shaun Susiham kicked two field goals. Roethlisberger completed 36-of-52 yards for 383 yards. Twelve of his passes were caught by Antonio Brown, who totaled 88 receiving yards.