June 19, 2018

Week 2 GameScout: Vikings at Steelers

17 September 2017, 03:04 | Anna Jefferson

JuJu Smith Schuster gets first NFL touchdown to extend Steelers lead

JuJu Smith Schuster gets first NFL touchdown to extend Steelers lead

The Steelers will win if ... Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown had 11 catches for 182 yards in Week 1. Sam Bradford completed 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three scores.

"I think there's been a lot of talk outside this building about that group and about those guys, but inside this building, I know we've got nothing but confidence in them", Bradford said of the offensive line.

Home openers are typically a big deal.

"Those guys have the ability to play well and to be a really good offensive line, and they showed it the other night". Minnesota is one of those teams.

And frankly, this injury lingering for any substantial amount of time could be wildly detrimental to Minnesota.

Some things to look for as the Steelers try to keep Minnesota winless in Pittsburgh since 1995. If the Steelers can pressure Bradford into short, quick throws - he had eight completions of 20 yards or more last week after averaging just three per game last season - they won't be bothered so much if he completes 70 percent of them. Since the Vikings had only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, Sloter will provide insurance.

Despite all the chatter about his knee and that Bradford could struggle to run on the field, the expectations are still there that he will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings as they play this tough road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked about his concern for Bradford on Friday. He would be active if Bradford can't play, but Case Keenum would be the starter.

Minnesota and Pittsburgh will tee off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

As a precaution, the Vikings signed quarterback Kyle Sloter off the practice squad.

Rhodes is expected to play, but has been nursing a hip injury this week, which means he's not fully healthy. Even if you think that Bradford can't repeat anything close to what he did in Week 1, no one is foolish enough to deny the massive dropoff from him to either Keenum or Sloter.

Watt downplayed his splashy start, pointing to mistakes such as a 15-yard personal foul penalty for a late hit as evidence he still has a ways to go. But Brown has proven time after time that he can get open against just anyone with four straight 100-catch seasons.

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