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On location in London: Vikings 34, Steelers 27

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON – Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Steelers (0-3) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-3)

Time: 1:02 p.m. Eastern

Site: Wembley Stadium

TV, radio: CBS (national), WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Steelers page. Alan Robinson and I are on the scene. If you missed it, the Sunday column lays out the challenge at hand.

Oh, and I just put up a bunch of pregame pics on my Twitter account.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

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  3. Do folks tailgate outside Wembley ? Seems like it is a uniquely American custom.

  4. vicious chant heard from Stiller fans inside “why have a roof at all” stadium:

    “Big Ben arms be pointin’ 11 and Won, lest we his beat head in and run.” -Wembley Hooligans

    -my attorney says I must relay the fact that the above quote is in jest and is not a threat of violence, merely poking fun at Euro-pee-on futbol violence.

    Roo-Knee clap-clap Photo-Bombed clap-clap

  5. Good Lord, where is all the Steelers chatter ?

    Don’t care they are winless. They are playing in London people! London!

  6. 24-14 steelers is my prediciton

  7. OK. Lets get off he Schneider today. GO STEELERS!

  8. Schneid damn auto correct

  9. With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers select….

  10. A losing mindset has permeated this team…

  11. Adams is the WORST tackle in football.

  12. They can’t even recover a fumble with only white shirts on the ball!!!!

  13. Coach Tomlin, I now have to question your ability to evaluate talent, Mike Adams is the worst starting tackle in football, for you not have have benched him for his play in the first half makes me question your ability. Beachum should start and Adams should be inactive. It is no wonder the team is so bad. Great time Out call Mike, again your coaching is below the line. I have never called for Tomlin to be fired, but after watching this first half, Mr Rooney needs to ask him some questions. This makes no sense. What is he watching? Or is he simply that clueless? Honestly you cannot defend Adams having a helmet for the second half or the next game.

  14. Has the Vikings punter been on the field today?

    D not making stops.

  15. This is going to get really ugly with the Vikings knowing we have to throw. Adams is totally useless out there. Hippo, get in there for him!

  16. From a franchise of excellence and winners to a franchise where losing is accepted.

  17. Bad news. L C Greenwood passed at the age of 67. RIP #68.

  18. With Foster out, Steelers have to play Beachum at guard…

  19. Why in the he!! Is Tomlin still rotating running backs?

  20. Lane Kiffin fired from USC.

    I heard there was a celebratory bonfire at Tennessee. ;)

  21. The way the defense is playing, they should have gone for the TD…

  22. This defense is pathetic….embarrassing….gutless…no balls..

  23. Poor coaching by all today. Should have gone for the TD last series. Now they have to drive 78 yds to get it…

  24. Why was that not an “in the grasp” dead ball before the fumble?

  25. What a pathetic effort by this team today…

  26. Officials missed an obvious horse collar on that last sack. Still, Steelers did not deserve to win.

  27. Did Adams block anyone today???

  28. Fire Tomlin…

    Fire Colbert…

    Fire Haley…

    Fire LeBeau…

  29. Cortez allen should have remained on the bench today. Let’s not hear anymore about Dick LeBeau’s great defense. Woodley, Timmons–overpaid.

  30. This team has become the laughingstock of the league ..

    • No, I’m pretty sure Jacksonville still holds that honor. However, it’s bad enough that the Steelers are more of a laughingstock than the Browns.

    • Their poor drafts and overpaying people like Woodley and Timmons has led to some of the problems. Plus, parity has caught up with us and we may be in a spiral similar to San Francisco was for years??
      Also, not the best head coach in the league.

      • I questioned Timmons’ contract at the time he signed it, but he’s the best player on their defense. Woodley and Ike will not be back after this season.

  31. Can’t wait to hear what Coach Sound Byte has to say after this one.

    And to read what DK writes.

  32. Playing for that #1 pick folks…

  33. I guess the only thing that’s left on this is the Steelers v. Pirates TV ratings. :-)

  34. Is this the first year that the Steelers were pretty much eliminated before the Pirates?

  35. I wish we had a defensive playmaker like Kiko Alonso.

  36. He Browns have won 2 games with Brian Hoyer folks…

  37. think the browns would be interested in parting with both first round picks in 2014, a second in 2014, and a first round in 2015 if they perform so well that they can’t get one of the top quarterbacks in next year’s draft. That’s akin to the picks Washington gave up to get RG3.

  38. Praying we can get a qb in first 5 picks. Trade Big Turnover Benji and get rid of his bad contract, fire Haley! I wish Tomlin would get the axe too but think Rooneys will give him another year (sad). Lebeau will retire and run-in- quicksand Ryan Clark and no hands Taylor will be gonzo. Hopefully can find a new left tackle in free agency

  39. Talk about another mistake in player evaluation, the Steelers let Lewis walk because they though Allen was better?

  40. 1- Sack
    1- Tackle for loss
    0 – QB hits
    0 – Turnovers

    Pretty telling

  41. It’s a bad day when Meet the Press is more interesting than the Steeler game.

  42. Would 12 straight be optimistic? Haha the problem is Mike “big suck” Adams….he and Gilbert just plain can’t get it done. Imagine what you man bell and Ben would be pulling off with a decent line

  43. Jake locker just broke his dang leg

  44. Steelers…
    have NFL worst 3 sacks in 4 games
    have NFL worst 0 turnovers in 4 games

  45. They say losing can build character

    IMHO Stillers need some character, not characters

  46. This may get me fired…

    I am not upset that the Steelers lost. They have been so good for so long a down time was bound to happen. I am disappointed, don’t get me wrong, but upset, no.

    We are lucky as Pittsburgh sports fans compared to Cleveland with having consistently competitive hockey, football, and now baseball teams. I realize that championships are not my birthright, unlike some fans of New York teams! I don’t ever want to become that fan.

    With that said, it’s time to blow up the team from coaches to players and back again. It’s time to draft better and take a longer closer look at what ius out there free agent wise.

    Fire me if you must, just my two cents.

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