Sam Bradford (knee) traveled with Vikings to Pittsburgh
Sep 17 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Predicting the Steelers offense will struggle against a strong Minnesota defense is easy, but there is one guy on the Pittsburgh side of the ball who thrives on that kind of pressure: Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers held the Browns to 237 net yards (only seven teams had fewer), including 180 net passing (only 10 teams had fewer). If he can't go and the Vikings start Keenum, this would be a hit to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Bradford is coming off perhaps the best game of his National Football League career against the Saints, and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Now, the blame isn't exclusively on the offensive line, Bell played a limited role and didn't make superior plays when his name was called. Tuitt was limited during final preparations for the Vikings (1-0). Can Minnesota repeat that feat against another future Hall of Fame passer?
The Vikings will host the Steelers at 11:00 a.m. MT on FOX on Sunday. One of the keys was their ability to block the edges and allow the numerous sweeps they ran to get to the corner and turn into chunk yardage. He will play on Sunday vs. the Steelers at Heinz Field. He may need to do the same to slow down Brown.
If that doesn't happen, this is a game the Steelers can lose. The All-Pro runner didn't see his normal high workload and tallied only 47 yards from scrimmage on 13 total touches, marking a new career low. Perhaps a little of both. Pittsburgh defeated Cleveland in their opener, and they're a six-point favorite at Heinz Field.
The memories of last season's scorching start and inglorious fade remain fresh for the Minnesota Vikings.
While with the St. Louis Rams, Bradford suffered a torn left ACL in the eighth game of 2013 and missed the rest of the season. And if the season opener is any indication, Minnesota looks much more explosive this season.
That much is obvious by the fact that they promoted Sloter as a back-up to Bradfords back-up, Case Keenum. But he'll be tested this week.
People can interpret the move however they desire, but it could just be Minnesota taking the proper precautions for going against a physical Steelers defense on Sunday. But the Vikings' defensive line, which includes backup end Brian Robinson and backup tackle Shamar Stephen, is the strength of the Minnesota defense.