Minnesota Vikings QB could miss Week 2 game

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

He is who he is, making games such as the one he had against New England unlikely to happen again anytime soon.

Needless to say, the Vikings defense doesn't look like a favorable matchup for the Steelers' All-Pro runner.

Pittburgh's Le'Veon Bell is one of the most unsafe pass catching running backs in the NFL. But the Vikings' defensive line, which includes backup end Brian Robinson and backup tackle Shamar Stephen, is the strength of the Minnesota defense.

The Vikings will head on the road to battle the Steelers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Dalvin Cook set a club rookie record by running for 127 yards in his debut. It was exactly the type of performance the Vikings would need from Bradford when they traveled to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers this Sunday. Carrying on their week one victory, here are the Vikings keys to victory to beat the Steelers. They had seven sacks last week against Cleveland, including two by rookie TJ Watt.

-Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Vikings CBs Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.

Bradford has had numerous injuries before so it wouldn't also be much of a surprise if the Vikings decide to put him on the shelf for at least Week 2.

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. Rhodes doesn't usually stray from his right corner spot, so the Steelers can move Brown around to avoid him.

Bell held out of training camp the entire summer and got his first taste of game action all year in Week 1. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen led the team with nine receptions and 157 yards last week. He went 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdown passes in a almost ideal performance.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant - Bryant's return from suspension was a quiet one last week, as he caught just two passes for 14 yards.

Pittsburgh is 9-1 in home openers under coach Mike Tomlin and averaged 30 points a game at Heinz Field in 2016 when Roethlisberger played.

Roehtlisberger will always be a wild card, and even when the talent around him is struggling, he has shown an fantastic ability to make plays downfield and orchestrate some brilliant offensive drives.

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