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Will Wembley Stadium game cost Vikings playoff berth?

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09:57 AM ET 08.11 | Despite the losses of unpredictable Percy Harvin and aging Antoine Winfield, the Vikings probably are more talented than they were last season, when they made the playoffs with a 10-6 record. But a tougher schedule this season, coupled with giving up a Metrodome game to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on Sept. 29, would seem to portend a 9-7 record and uncertainty about a playoff berth. The Vikings would have a much better chance of defeating the Steelers at the Dome than they will at Wembley Stadium. That decision could cost the Vikings the playoffs.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

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August 11, 2013  10:03 AM ET

The Vikings did very well in England from about 790 AD to 900 AD.

August 11, 2013  10:07 AM ET

One of the most stupid articles I've ever read. Is the St. Paul Pioneer Press GUARANTEEING an 8-0 record for the Vikings in Minnesota?

August 11, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Another reason to get rid of this idea. "Home" teams lose their advantage.

August 11, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Another reason to get rid of this idea. "Home" teams lose their advantage.

Flip side is the Steelers play at a neutral site, rather than on an opponents Stadium.

3 points for Home Field....Poof!

August 11, 2013  10:14 AM ET

What do The Players get out of this? If successful the Owners get another piece of Franchise Fees!!!

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August 11, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Correct me if I'm wrong...don't both teams have to play in England?

Yup.

However there is a thing called Home Field advantage.
Vikings lose their edge. Steelers play only 7 "Road" games since 1 is now on neutral ground.

August 11, 2013  10:35 AM ET

Not if they win.

August 11, 2013  10:54 AM ET

The other thread said that Matt Cassel may be quarterbacking the Vikings by that point. So, the Vikings may actually be the home team, because.......


A man's home is his Cassel.

August 11, 2013  10:57 AM ET

Kind of like the thanksgiving day game. If ya win and then you get extra time off. If they miss the playoffs it is because they are not good enough.

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August 11, 2013  12:15 PM ET

If they go 15-1 and this is their one loss, I guess they got a gripe.

August 11, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If they go 15-1 and this is their one loss, I guess they got a gripe.

The gripe is there as soon as a team in your Division has one less "road" game to play.

London is, of course, a "road" game, but there is NO " Home Field advantage" for the "Home" team.

August 11, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Vikings did very well in England from about 790 AD to 900 AD.

Funniest post of the day, to me.

August 11, 2013  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Correct me if I'm wrong...don't both teams have to play in England?

Abe, let me correct you... you're wrong... :-)

The Vikings are giving up a home team game against a strong opponent.

Either way it's an away game for the Steelers, and the Steelers have a broader fan base. They'll most likely end up with more fan support at the game than the Vikings.

So it's like what Arizona goes through for their home games.

August 11, 2013  02:14 PM ET

I'll have my Mum root for them, there, all better.

 
August 12, 2013  05:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If they go 15-1 and this is their one loss, I guess they got a gripe.

Nope. They only have a gripe if they miss winning their division or the playoff by 1game. Provided they lose the London game that is. If they win they have no gripe!

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