12:00 PM CST
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The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers are in for a huge fight Sunday because both of these teams are going into week 4 winless.
The biggest storyline to come out of London this week for the Vikings is that this will be the 1st start for Matt Cassel since he joined the team. Christian Ponder will set out indefinitely because he has a rib fracture close to his heart.
Cassel is 18-21 as a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs, but showed his most potential when backing up Tom Brady for the Patriots. His success in New England helped get him a his big contract in KC.
Expect to see more of Adrian Peterson as well. He will get small increases in carries to help get Cassel acclimated. Cassel shouldn’t take to long getting comfortable in the pocket.
It will be important for the Vikings to establish the run game early. The Steelers will do the same with running back Le’Veon Bell. It will be even more important for the Vikings on defense to minimize any big plays. This defense needs to come back in a big way if the Vikings want to come back from London 1-4.