Whether you’re a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Minnesota Vikings – or neither for that matter – this Sunday will be worth watching as the two go head-to-head overseas.
Sunday, September 29th, will kick off the beginning of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Both of these powerhouse teams are going into the 2013-14 NFL season 0-3 after losses last Sunday to the undefeated Chicago Bears and the now 1-2 Cleveland Browns.
NFL International Series Games: Where It Started
The series began in 2005 with a matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City, and attracted the NFL’s highest game attendance of more than 103,000. In 2006, the International Games moved to London and its recognition and popularity has exploded around the globe. This explains why 2013 is the start of Wembley Stadium hosting two or more season games ever single year!
So far, London has played host to the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots(2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2), Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams.
As for Minnesota and Pittsburgh, this will be the first time the Vikings’ horns or the Terrible Towels will make their way to the UK.
An Unpredictable Outcome
The location and loyal fan base isn’t the only reason that this matchup is more highly anticipated than most regular season games. These two teams have been playing each other since 1962, including Super Bowl IX in 1975 (Steelers 16, Vikings 6). In 16 games, they have managed to come out with an even 8-8 record.
Many believe that the Steelers will come out on top after sweeping the last three games against the Vikings in 2001, 2005 and 2009, but a similar three-game sweep happened in the 60’s with the Minnesota Vikings. Every time one of these teams gets on a win-streak against the other, the streak is immediately stopped by their opposition, making for completely unpredictable outcomes every time they meet.
Going into this weekend, neither have had a win in the preseason or the regular season, and neither will be playing on their home turf. Both have struggled in the start of the season, adding rookies to their rosters and losing some veterans to injury or other NFL teams. This makes Game 7 anyone’s game.
Where YOU Could Be This Weekend
The exhilaration of watching such exceptional teams face off at a world-renowned stadium, in a amazingly historic location like London should be enough to make you want to get in on the action. But if that isn’t enough to convince you to get to the International Series Games, find out what it’s like to get the full NFL experience while you’re there – VIP hospitality, meet-and-greets, Official NFL parties and more!