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Minnesota Vikings: At least Leslie Frazier’s team went into the off-week with a victory.
The Vikings finally got their first victory of 2013 as they held off the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-27, in London, England.
But who will be the team’s starting quarterback when the team returns to action in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers.
If healthy, Christian Ponder is the man. There may be those who feel that given his performance against the Steelers, Matt Cassel is worthy of another start.
Then again, it all depends on Ponder’s health…we think.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The bad news for the Black and Gold is that the team is off to a 0-4 start for the first time since 1968. The good news for Mike Tomlin and company is that none of the other three teams in the AFC North have pulled away from the pack.
The numbers are pretty sad on both sides of the football. The Steelers have committed 11 turnovers and allowed 15 sacks in four games. And that big-play defense of the past has yet to force a turnover this season, the only team in the league without a takeaway in 2013.
As for that sacks allowed total, the team is hoping the addition of left tackle Levi Brown, obtained via trade from the Arizona Cardinals, helps immediately.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Schiano’s team may not have a win in 2013. But the Buccaneers do lead the league when it comes to controversy and story lines.
One story that did not have a happy ending was the saga of quarterback Josh Freeman, released by the team on Thursday. The former first-round draft choice apparently fell out of favor with Schiano but obviously, there’s much more to the story then any of us will ever know.
What we do know is that rookie Mike Glennon will be making his second NFL start when the team returns to action in Week 6 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Washington Redskins: Are we going to see a little déjà vu from the Redskins in 2013?
Last season, the team was three games under .500 (3-6) before winning seven straight and a division title for the first time since 1999.
This season, the Redskins dug themselves a 0-3 hole before defeating the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. And when they return in Week 6, they hope to make it two straight wins by beating the Cowboys in Dallas.
There have numerous reasons for the team’s slow start, including a defensive unit that finally showed some life at Oakland. Still, when you turn over the football a league-low 14 times last season, seven turnovers in four games in 2013 (five by quarterback Robert Griffin III) is a little disturbing.