David McCoy knows sports, but he doesn’t seem to have a clue when it comes to London landmarks. He’s in the United Kingdom to cover the Vikings as they play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium Sunday.
Vikings fans travel rather well, but there’s droves that have traveled to London to watch the men in purple play Pittsburgh. And it doesn’t even have to be Minnesotans, as fanatics from as far as Denmark are in England to catch the NFL’s European matchup. As for how the locals feel about the American version of “football”?
Christian Ponder injured his ribs in last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, which leaves his status for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers in doubt. Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback Friday. The Vikings had two non-participants, five limited participants and three full participants at Thursday’s practice.
For once, the Minnesota Vikings aren’t counting on Adrian Peterson to do it all. Peterson, last season’s NFL MVP following his 2,097-yard rushing season, has been held in check through three games this season — all losses.
The Minnesota Vikings are not planning on making changes just to make changes. The Vikings have begun to be hit with injuries. Unfortunately, they coming to one position group. The offensive line may be the Vikings biggest disappointment through three games this season. Minnesota is getting a boost with the return of Jerome Felton from his suspension. Zach Line has been placed on injured reserve.
Like the Vikings themselves, Hubert’s Sports Bar across the street from Mall of America Field has a loyal fan base of their own. “We have people who have been coming in for years,” manager Jody Anderly said. “They have their favorite table, their favorite server, and they’re not going to vary their routine at all.”
The NFL is back in London boasting the star power of Adrian Peterson and Ben Roethlisberger. Trouble is, their teams have nothing to brag about. The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers are both 0-3 heading into Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings are bringing some extra baggage to London. They don’t have any wins to take with them, though. Just a home game they have to play overseas.
After falling to the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Shamarko Thomas is determined to prove everyone that he will be a valuable player for the Steelers, while also influencing his younger siblings that maturity and discipline pay off in the long run.
Are you a big Vikings fan looking to land a ticket to their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London? You’ll want to pay attention. The Vikings will face the Steelers on Sept. 29 in London, and you could win a ticket through the “Vikings go to UK” sweepstakes.
Two organizations hoping to return to glory after mediocre performances last season are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Football Giants.
Matt Spaeth is part of the group working at Larry Fitzgerald’s camp. Sit with him and you realize that the young man now has some years in this game. “It’s been a whirlwind to think this is year seven for me. I was just talking to somebody else, I don’t want to say this, but I’m coming up on 30 and to think I’ll be 30 playing in the NFL is just amazing. It’s been a dream come true,” Spaeth said.
The Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing finish to an encouraging season. Jared Allen will undergo surgery on his shoulder after the Pro Bowl later this month. The Vikings now begin preparation for the draft in April and evaluating its 14 free agents.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its first Thursday night game since September of 2010. The Vikings will enter the game as the favorite at home, two things that bode well for the purple. The key will be stopping passing duo Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson.
The Minnesota Vikings were dominating the Washington Redskins in the first quarter Sunday. However, a three scoring drives that ended in field goals instead of touchdowns cost the Vikings the game. The Vikings found out this week that it will play the Pittsburgh Steelers next season in London, England.