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Steelers' physicality will be a challenge for Vikings

Steelers' physicality will be a challenge for Vikings”

The Vikings visit the Steelers for Pittsburgh's home opener at 1 ET/10 PT on Sunday. Both teams are coming into this game fresh off a Week 1 win. Yikes. When their only game is against the best running back in the National Football League you have to wonder how that happens. The Steelers defeated the Browns 21-18. Vikings' last win in Pittsburgh came on September 24, 1995. Pittsburgh is listed at 5.5 over the Vikings. This week, he and the offensive line face a Steelers defense that was stingy against the run in Cleveland last week, allowing only 2.0 yards per carry to Browns running backs.

The Steelers need to get people other than Antonio Brown going this week. Roethlisberger's next 300-yard passing game will be 50th in career. Jesse James' two-touchdown game vs. Browns first by Pittsburgh tight end since 2013 (Heath Miller). Pittsburgh will go on the road in their next two games at the Chicago Bears and at the Baltimore Ravens. The quarterback was outstanding finished with a QBR of 95.2 in the game.

The Vikings offense was on fire in Week 1.

It was quite an impressive debut for Dalvin Cook. The Minnesota Vikings will play their Week 3 game at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then welcome the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Last week it was Drew Brees and this week it'll be Ben Roethlisberger.

Bell's been a little passive aggressive but he seems to also want to do well in a more healthy way. Look for Pittsburgh to come away with a win in this game, as long as they take care of the football.

Bell says his one-day gig was "harder than I thought it was going to be" and that he doesn't think "this job is any easier than my job, and I don't think my job is any easier than their job". Sam Bradford is a monster key to this team. Look for the Steelers to bottle him up. Throw in the fact it's their home opener and it's a shortened week for the Vikings, and the challenge is about as steep as it gets for a regular season game.



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