If selling American football across the pond was your goal, you probably wouldn't have wanted a pair of 0-3 teams representing the product, but that's where the NFL finds itself.
The hapless Minnesota Vikings will play the home team against the equally inept Pittsburgh Steelers when the two teams square off in the first of two NFL International Series games this season at London's historic Wembley Stadium.
The Vikings hit rock bottom last week, losing to the moribund Cleveland Browns at home days after the Browns were seemingly waving the white flag on the 2013 campaign by trading running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis.
Instead of tanking though, the Browns pulled out all the stops in a 31-27 win over Minnesota and embattled quarterback Christian Ponder.
Brian Hoyer, filling in for an injured Brandon Weeden, threw a seven-yard TD pass to Jordan Cameron with 51 seconds left to give Rob Chudzinski his first win as the head coach of the Browns. Hoyer, making his second career NFL start, completed 30-of-54 passes for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Ponder completed 25-of-42 passes for 228 yards and an interception for the Vikings, who sit last in the NFC North. Ponder also carried the ball five times for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 88 yards and a score on 25 carries.
"We've got a lot of things to figure out," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier understated.
Figuring things out means moving to veteran QB Matt Cassel in place of Ponder, who suffered fractured ribs against the Browns, something Frazier confirmed after practice on Friday.
Ponder himself said the fracture occurred near his heart and doctors remain concerned. Others believe it's a convenient excuse for Minnesota to try Cassel in favor on Ponder, the former 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft who has been one of the NFL's worst quarterbacks during the Vikings' dismal start to the season.
Frazier denied that, however.
"Christian had a fractured rib and we felt it was just too risky to put him out there and take a hit," the coach said. "He's a tough, tough guy, but it probably wouldn't be wise to put him in that situation. We have complete confidence that Matt will do a good job."
Whatever you believe, it's pretty clear that if Cassel excels against Pittsburgh, it's unlikely Ponder gets his job back anytime soon.
"I don't foresee a quarterback controversy, but we want Matt to have the best game of his NFL career on Sunday," Frazier continued.
Cassel has started 62 games over a nine-year NFL career, most notably leading the New England Patriots to an 11-5 record in 2008 after Tom Brady injured his knee in the season opener. Cassel also went to the Pro Bowl in 2010 after a 27-touchdown season with the Kansas City Chiefs, but his last two seasons in the Show Me state were less than stellar.
"I feel like I'm ready to go, I've had a good week of practice," said Cassel. "Now it's about going out there and executing on Sunday."
He'll face a Steelers team that has plenty to figure out as well after Chicago's Julius Peppers returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and Major Wright brought back an interception 38 yards for a score in the Bears' 40-23 Week 3 triumph over Pittsburgh.
Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 196 yards and two scores for the Steelers, but his efforts came in a losing cause.
Ben Roethlisberger was 26-of-41 for 406 yards with a pair of touchdowns, interceptions and fumbles lost for the Steelers, who last began 0-3 in 2000.