In the city of Big Ben, it was Greg Jennings and Adrian Peterson who proved to be the biggest attractions.
That means Ben Roethlisberger is leaving London with the Pittsburgh Steelers off to their worst start since 1968, with only the faintest of hopes to make the playoffs.
Jennings made two touchdown catches, Peterson ran for two scores, and the Vikings’ defense made a big stop with time running out to preserve a 34-27 win over the Steelers on Sunday for their first victory.
Playing at Wembley Stadium as part of the NFL’s annual International Series, Everson Griffen stripped Roethlisberger of the ball on the 6-yard line with 19 seconds left and Kevin Williams recovered the fumble to seal the victory.
Jennings made a 70-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and Peterson had a 60-yard score to offset two scores by Pittsburgh rookie running back Le’Veon Bell and give Minnesota (1-3) some hope of turning its season around.
The Steelers fell to 0-4 for the first time in 45 years. No team has reached the playoffs after an 0-4 start since the Chargers in 1992.
‘‘Right now, you could say we’re the worst team in the league,” Roethlisberger said. “That hurts.’’
Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, starting in place of the injured Christian Ponder, finished 16 of 25 for 248 yards and two TDs. Peterson ran for 140 yards on 23 carries and Jennings had his best game yet with the Vikings — 92 yards on three catches.
Roethlisberger again received little help from his offensive line as he faced constant pressure and was sacked five times. He finished 36 of 51 for 383 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Pittsburgh kept close, however, with Jerricho Cotchery catching a 15-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter and Shaun Suisham making a 28-yard field goal to make it a one-possession game with 3:40 left.
The Steelers got the ball back with 1:43 left and no timeouts and had first and goal at the 6. But after spiking the ball, Roethlisberger overthrew Cotchery in the end zone and was stripped on the next play.
Reggie Bush had a 37-yard TD run in host Detroit’s 27-point second quarter and totaled 173 yards of offense as the Lions held off Chicago and moved into a first-place tie with the Bears in the NFC North at 3-1.
The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte’s 53-yard TD run gave the Bears a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.
Jay Cutler, who had four turnovers, threw a pair of TD passes and 2-point conversions in the final four minutes to pull Chicago within 8.
Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso and safety Aaron Williams each had two interceptions and host Buffalo picked off Baltimore’s Joe Flacco five times to improve to 2-2. Alonso’s second interception with 57 seconds left sealed the win.
Fred Jackson had 87 yards rushing — including a 16-yard TD run — and C.J. Spiller added 77 yards rushing in helping the Bills amass 203 yards on the ground against a defense that had allowed just 224 in its first three games.
Joe Flacco finished 25 of 50 for 347 yards and two touchdowns. His five interceptions were a career high. The Bills limited the Ravens (2-2) to 345 total yards one week after giving up 513 in a loss to the Jets.
Jake Locker threw for a career-high three TDs before being carted off the field with a hip injury, and Tennessee (3-1) routed New York (2-2) in Nashville for its second straight victory.
Locker was hurt with 11:14 left in the third quarter when hit first by Muhammad Wilkerson after throwing an incomplete pass, then popped by Quinton Coples. He grabbed at his hip as he went to the ground and was taken from the field before being loaded into an ambulance. The Titans had no immediate word on the severity of his injury.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith committed four turnovers that the Titans turned into 28 points.
At Tampa, Carson Palmer threw a 13-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter and Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:29 to go as Arizona (2-2) rallied past the winless Buccaneers to ruin rookie quarterback Mike Glennon’s debut.
Starting in place of the benched Josh Freeman, Glennon (24 of 43, 193 yards) gave Tampa Bay (0-4) the type of performance it had been wanting from its QB. But it all unraveled after Peterson stepped in front of a pass intended for Vincent Jackson and returned his first interception 11 yards to the Buccaneers 13. Fitzgerald beat cornerback Darrelle Revis on the next play.
Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three TDs, including a 56-yarder to Antonio Gates, and San Diego (2-2) rallied past Dallas (2-2) at home by scoring the final 20 points. Rivers (35 of 42) became the third quarterback to reach 200 TD passes with the Chargers.
The Cowboys scored 21 points in the second quarter. Dez Bryant caught two TD passes from Tony Romo and linebacker Sean Lee added a 52-yard interception return for a 21-10 lead with 1:19 left in the half.
Andrew Luck had two TD passes, Trent Richardson ran for a score, and Indianapolis (3-1) took down the host Jaguars with ease. The Colts led, 20-3, at halftime, meaning Jacksonville (0-4) has been outscored, 75-8, in the first half this season.
Luck was 22 of 35 for 260 yards, with two TDs and an interception. The Jaguars’ Blaine Gabbert, back after missing two games with a hand injury, was 17 of 32 for 179 yards, with three interceptions. All of them bounced off his receivers’ hands.
Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead TD pass late in the third quarter and David Amerson returned an interception for another score to help Washington overcome an early 14-point deficit to host Oakland.
The Redskins (1-3) fell behind in the first quarter on a blocked punt recovery for a TD and a scoring pass from Matt Flynn. But the Raiders (1-3) failed to score after that. Flynn was sacked seven times starting in place of Terrelle Pryor (concussion), and Oakland also lost running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece to injuries in the first half.