Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Sam Bradford will be gametime decision

Sam Bradford will be gametime decision

The Vikings are coming off a 19-9 win over the New Orleans Saints while the Steelers pulled off a 21-18 come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns.

If that doesn't happen, this is a game the Steelers can lose. First, the Vikings need to keep the running game strong so the Steelers can't lay back and wait for the pass.

Needless to say, the Vikings defense doesn't look like a favorable matchup for the Steelers' All-Pro runner. The rust was clearly showing, but Bell is bound to find his groove and go back to being the unsafe weapon he is when he gets a few more reps under his belt. The physicality, they've got huge guys up front on the offensive line.

The Vikings had until 4 p.m. ET Saturday to make additions to the active roster. 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. While Le'Veon Bell looked rusty after holding out until a week before the game, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown picked up the slack. And if his already limited mobility is even more limited by a balky knee, the rest of Bradford's body could be in grave danger, too. Xavier Rhodes is why the Vikings could deal with Brown better than most.

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. Rhodes is a big physical corner with excellent technique.

Bradford finished the night going 27-of-32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Not only will fantasy owners have to consider this being the Vikings first road game - Minnesota struggled on the road last season - but the Vikings will be going up against a lethal Pittsburgh Steelers offense. The Vikings had 95- and 89-yard touchdown drives against the Saints (Minnesota also had a 74-yard touchdown march). Minnesota is one of those teams.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant - Bryant's return from suspension was a quiet one last week, as he caught just two passes for 14 yards. Behind a revamped offensive line, Bradford was sacked only once, and rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards. Burns will get his chances to cover Diggs because the Vikings move him around in their formations.

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