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Steelers, Vikings looking for legitimacy - and 2-0 starts

17 September 2017

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off of an impressive Week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

If that doesn't happen, this is a game the Steelers can lose.

"I don't know, we'll have to see", Zimmer said initially when asked if Bradford will start Sunday against the Steelers.

The Vikings are a team that matches up favorably with the Steelers across the board. The rust was clearly showing, but Bell is bound to find his groove and go back to being the risky weapon he is when he gets a few more reps under his belt. But the Vikings' defensive line, which includes backup end Brian Robinson and backup tackle Shamar Stephen, is the strength of the Minnesota defense.

On the other hand, the addition of rookie running back Kareem Hunt might have transformed the Kansas City offense. He amassed just 47 total yards from scrimmage, which, from a guy who ripped it up for 337 yards rushing in two playoff wins a year ago, is a weak total. But word emerged in the days after the game that Bradford hurt his left knee in the contest - the same knee where he had two past ACL injuries.

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Pittsburgh had seven sacks and four unnecessary roughness penalties in their win over the Cleveland Browns last week.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes - 11 catches for 182 yards, including an acrobatic fourth-quarter reception to essentially clinch the game: It was just another ho-hum week for Antonio Brown.

With Bradford showing that type of prowess, Dalvin Cook breaking out in his National Football League debut and the defense playing at that level, there was reason to think the Vikings might be a dark horse in the NFC this season.

Week 2 will provide a glimpse into whether more of the same can be expected this season when Pittsburgh hosts Minnesota on Sunday. People can think the move speaks to the current health of Bradford, but it seems most likely that the Vikings are just preparing for a very physical matchup against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Minnesota is a touchdown underdog to the Steelers. Minnesota is one of those teams. Behind a revamped offensive line, Bradford was sacked only once, and rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards. "I had one, two maybe, on my knee".

Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, Pittsburgh gave up 20 receptions for 222 receiving yards.

Steelers, Vikings looking for legitimacy - and 2-0 starts