Sunday’s match a sellout despite Vikings and Steelers being winless
While the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will be clashing at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, they will be entering the match with a score of 0-3 and the losing team will be knocked out of the playoffs.
The starting two games of regular NFL season are estimated to be sold to a full house even though both the teams do not have a good standing. Only the single and premium seats remained after Tuesday when nearly 84,000 seats had been sold.
The Vikings came Tuesday to London and were eager to blend in with the fans and school children. The Steelers came to London on Friday. The limelight will be on Peterson, who will be the Vikings running back and Roethlisberger, who as usual will be the Steelers quarterback. Both the players are determined to bring victory to the franchise and save their clubs from losing their chance at the playoffs.
The Vikings lost to the Browns on Sunday to 31-27 and the Steelers lost to Bears 40-23 on Monday. The clash at Wembley will determine which team will be knocked out of the playoffs.
“These are two teams that the U.K. crowd have not seen before and you have star power with the Vikings in Adrian Peterson and, with the Steelers, you have one of the most successful franchises in NFL history,” said NFL managing director of UK wing Alistair Kirkwood. "What you want is a very competitive game, and you know you are going to get it with both teams going after a must-win."
The Steelers and Vikings are now among the teams which have played in London since the International Series began. The New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos have previously played at London. The New York Giants were able to make it to the Super Bowl and win it when they won over the Miami Dolphins during the opening game in 2007.
Last season, the Steelers concluded their run with a score of 8-8 and the Vikings went 10-6. When the match at Wembley was decided, it was surprising to see both teams heading in with a 0-3 losing streak.
The second game will be held on October 27, which will also be a clash of two teams under pressure; the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers.