It was already bad enough that the National Football League is sending the Jacksonville Jaguars over to London for a game later this season and three more times through 2016.
Now the league is sending the Steelers and Vikings to Wembley Stadium to entertain the British masses this Sunday. The one thing nobody could predict was that both teams would be 0-3. It will be yet another boring game for those in England and fans of neither teams in the U.S. that get stuck with the regional coverage.
Since its inception in 2008, the International Series has come off as an attempt for the NFL to relocate a team (Jacksonville) or create an expansion team across the pond. The attempt, year after year, to make London look like the NFL hotbed of Europe, while doing nothing more but "Americanizing" the city for a week.
Pittsburgh and Minnesota might have liked this trip if they had two or three wins after week 3.
The Vikings are 0-2 in the NFC North, which included a tough 31-30 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field in week 2. Last week, they lost to the lowly Browns at home. The Browns! A team that was writing its own obituary for the 2013 season after trading Trent Richardson to the Colts.
The Steelers are probably worse off than Minnesota. The Titans, who gave up the most points in the NFL in 2012, almost held Pittsburgh to 2 points, that they gave them on the first play of the season. Losses to Cincinnati and last weeks turnover filled loss to the Bears, the Steelers are a team with no offensive line, no run game and a quarterback running for his life and from criticism, courtesy of Steelers Nation.
So don't expect anything other than a possible struggle between two teams dying to get a win under their belts before their bye weeks. It might be worse for London when the Jaguars play the 49ers on October 27.