Last Tuesday morning for fans of the Minnesota Vikings was filled with plenty of excitement after the team cruised to a Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Then again, he was playing against the Saints defense, and the Steelers have a solid front seven that can take the run game away.
The Steelers defense is not as dominant as it has been in the past, but they can still make life a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.
Needless to say, the Vikings defense doesn't look like a favorable matchup for the Steelers' All-Pro runner.
As I wrote about yesterday, look for Le'Veon Bell to be more active this week. But the Vikings' defensive line, which includes backup end Brian Robinson and backup tackle Shamar Stephen, is the strength of the Minnesota defense.
Minnesota and Pittsburgh will tee off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook had 127 yards in his debut, and the Steelers will try to limit his effectiveness.
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Quarterback Sam Bradford is in his second season with his third National Football League team, but he remains the player selected first overall by St. Louis out of Oklahoma in 2010.
If it wasn't for Antonio Brown's spectacular day on Sunday, the Steelers could be going into Week 2 with a loss.
Conversely, the Steelers have to slam Minnesota's rushing attack and force Sam Bradford, who's on a gimpy knee, to push the ball downfield. Odell Beckham Jr. was held to 23 yards on three catches against the Vikings last season, mostly because Rhodes manhandled him all over the field. Burns will get his chances to cover Diggs because the Vikings move him around in their formations. Xavier Rhodes is why the Vikings could deal with Brown better than most. He completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns and had a career-high passer rating of 143.0. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen led the team with nine receptions and 157 yards last week. He's projected for 260.2 yards, 1.61 touchdowns and 16.2 FanDuel points if he plays in Pittsburgh. This would put a premium on the offensive line being able to get movement without having extra tight ends or fullbacks in the game.
Before a 15-yard carry that iced the game, Bell was a non-factor for the Steelers in the opener.