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AFC North: No one saw this coming

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Sep 29, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is pressured by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson (50) in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

You can’t complain about that, and with the Pittsburgh Steelers sitting at 0-4 after Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it’s the first time since 1968 that the Steelers have started a season 0-4.

During the game, Ben Roethlisberger exited the game in the fourth quarter with a thumb injury on his right throwing hand. According to ESPN’s John Clayton, Ben was being treated on the sidelines by trainers, and was eventually able to return to the game.

He would eventually rally the Steelers back from a 34-10 deficit, and drove to the  Vikings’ 10-yard line with 20 seconds left in the game and his team trailing 34-27, but was strip-sacked and lost the ball and the game was over.

After the game, he said he was fine and believed his team could turn it around:


While an 0-4 start is typically a death sentence for a team’s playoff chances, given the lack of consistency shown by the three teams ahead of the Steelers, there’s no reason to think Pittsburgh isn’t making a run at some point and putting themselves in contention for the division crown.


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