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Sam Bradford Reportedly Game-Time Decision vs. Steelers Due to Knee Injury

17 September 2017

17th regular-season meeting.

The Vikings haven't won in Pittsburgh since a 44-24 victory on September 24, 1995, at Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers won the only postseason meeting between the teams. They play physical, aggressive defense.

If that doesn't happen, this is a game the Steelers can lose. That's their goal every week.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers followed tradition by going into Cleveland and beating the Browns in the season opener.

Are They For Real? Expect that to change against the Vikings. But the Steelers still got out with a win and ultimately that is all that matters. Dalvin Cook set a club rookie record by running for 127 yards in his debut. If they can do that and force Sam Bradford into obvious passing situations, they should be able to tee off and rush the passer. Despite the fact that that may mean I've officially gone insane because of this team, that voice may have ended up being right, yet again, as it was announced a few hours ago that Sam Bradford has had pain/soreness/swelling in his left knee (a knee that he's had MULTIPLE ACL surgeries on, too) that was bad enough that he's been limited in practice and also that he required a trip to the old radiation magnet to ensure that there wasn't some sort of ligament damage. Chickillo will return to a more reserve role, with Dupree lining up across from rookie T.J. Watt. To do that, they first must stop Bell. He may need to do the same to slow down Brown. - For those who might be anointing the Vikings as Super Bowl contenders after how good they looked on Monday night, it might be best to tap the brakes. No pre-snap penalties in the hostile surroundings.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense may be bad against the pass, but they are great against the run. He will play on Sunday vs. the Steelers at Heinz Field. He also had three receptions for 26 yards.

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The Vikings are a team that matches up favorably with the Steelers across the board. But Brown has proven time after time that he can get open against just anyone with four straight 100-catch seasons. Xavier Rhodes and linebacker? Rhodes is a big physical corner with excellent technique. Brown can be a unsafe slot receiver.

Martavis Bryant flashed his teethy grin. Hunter (12.5) and Griffen (eight) combined for 20.5 sacks last season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will look his way more this week. He went 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdown passes in a almost flawless performance. Minnesota is one of those teams. He has 16 receptions, 303 yards and two TDs in his past two road games.

PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS: Defensive end Danielle Hunter, defensive tackle Tom Johnson, nose tackle Linval Joseph and defensive end Everson Griffen aren't yet a modern day reincarnation of Alan Page, Jim Marshall, Gary Larson and Carl Eller. He had a sack and forced fumble in the last meeting. While the Steelers defense may have looked good in Week one, they were not facing almost the weapons they are in Week two. He had 383 passing yards in the last meeting. His 27/32, 346 yard, 3 TD game earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award.

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Quarterback Sam Bradford is in his second season with his third National Football League team, but he remains the player selected first overall by St. Louis out of Oklahoma in 2010.

Sam Bradford Reportedly Game-Time Decision vs. Steelers Due to Knee Injury