Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers underperformed during Pittsburgh's first game. This is the reason the Steelers traded for Haden - to match up with other team's top receivers. Le'Veon Bell's role was limited, Martavis Bryant couldn't catch, and the offensive line was dominated all day in the run game. It's clear that things are under wraps right now, possibly because the Vikings are unsure exactly what the deal is. Dalvin Cook showed that he is a true National Football League running back, displaying not only the speed he showed in college but wonderful strength as well. Despite Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer saying on Friday that he expects Bradford to play in the team's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, some began to express doubt about Minnesota's actual chance for success in 2017. If the consensus final line is above six, it will be the biggest underdog the Vikings have been since that 2015 game at Arizona.
As of Friday, Bradford was listed as questionable, with a knee injury.
Bell held out of training camp the entire summer and got his first taste of game action all year in Week 1. Chickillo will return to a more reserve role, with Dupree lining up across from rookie T.J. Watt. However, it doesn't seem serious enough to keep him out of Sunday's game. Bradford gets the ball out far quicker, which will stress the pass rush. Roethlisberger threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, but most of the success was simply because of Brown's excellence. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen led the team with nine receptions and 157 yards last week.
During the preseason in Denver, Sloter completed 31 of 43 passes for 413 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 125.4 passer rating. While the Steelers defense may have looked good in Week one, they were not facing almost the weapons they are in Week two.
Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, Pittsburgh gave up 20 receptions for 222 receiving yards. This would put a premium on the offensive line being able to get movement without having extra tight ends or fullbacks in the game.