Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was solid and Antonio Brown was already in midseason form, catching 11 passes for 182 yards. The Vikings' run defense slammed the door early on Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints. Former first-round pick Trae Waynes, the cornerback opposite Rhodes, was beaten for a 52-yard completion (to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis) and an 8-yard touchdown (to tight end Coby Fleener) in the Saints game.
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While Tuitt went through some cardio work and hit tackling dummies, he didn't participate during the team portion of practice on Friday and hasn't been involved in contact of any kind since he felt his left arm go numb on the second play from scrimmage in last weekend's win over Cleveland. Watch for him to bounce back against Stefon Diggs as he attempts to limit Minnesota's passing offense. Xavier Rhodes and linebacker? If they start doing that, the three-and-outs will pile up, and the Steelers will take control of the game.
This should be a doozy, but the Steelers are terrible tough to beat at home, meaning the Vikings might have to settle for a near-miss in this excellent contest. If the same can be done against Bell and the Steelers, the Vikings have the corners to slow Brown.
For the remaining 15 games, the Steelers are only facing six top-15 secondaries, including the Baltimore Ravens twice, according to ProFootballFocus. He amassed just 47 total yards from scrimmage, which, from a guy who ripped it up for 337 yards rushing in two playoff wins past year, is a weak total. Only once in his career has he had fewer touches, and he'd never in his career failed to gain at least 50 yards from scrimmage. The Eagles offense struggled at times last week, but this game has the potential to be a shootout. Perhaps a little of both. Maybe, but Watt's immediate impact offered tangible proof Pittsburgh's long search to find an heir apparent for James Harrison may finally be over. That may still be the case this week.
Last weekend, Haden was taken advantage of by Coleman on more than one occasion with the receiver's flashy speed. If Bradford gets, hurt the Vikings' season is over.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bradford will be a "gametime decision", on Sunday. But he'll be tested this week. 35 rushing yards is far from adequate for the Steelers, especially when they are facing the worst team in the National Football League last season.
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Vikings right guard Joe Berger said Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano makes it a point to let his linemen know to finish blocks at all times. If Pittsburgh can be stymied by the Browns defense, they'll have a much tougher time moving the ball consistently against Minnesota.
"We need to bring back that home field, Heinz Field kind of mystique", Roethlisberger said.