Sam Bradford (knee) practicing for Vikings on Wednesday

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2017

It has yet to be determined who will lead the Vikings huddle on Sunday after Bradford was sidelined at Pittsburgh with a knee injury, but if Keenum is called on again, the veteran said he'll be ready to go. Keenum completed 20 of his 37 passes for 167 yards in the loss.

Bradford said Wednesday that he injured the knee during the Vikings' Week 1 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. About 10 minutes into the Pittsburgh Steelers' home opener on Sunday, rookie running back James Conner checked onto the grass for the first time at Heinz Field wearing the black and gold during a game. There is no doubt that he was quite fired up at that point, and he made the most of his one opportunity in the game to touch the ball. For now, Zimmer terms the injury day to day.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are unbeaten at 2-0 despite not lighting up scoreboards the way they anticipated, managing just four offensive touchdowns through eight quarters. Teddy Bridgewater missed all of a year ago with a torn ACL and is still out. "They make a lot of plays, and handling that front seven is going to be our biggest challenge". Linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, nose tackle Javon Hargrave, cornerback Artie Burns and safety Sean Davis are the others.

"Adding a Pro Bowl corner like Joe Haden, that helps out a lot", Shazier said of Haden, who was acquired a week before the season began. This feels like a game that could end in the 35-17 range, putting us over the total and staying away from an uncomfortable number.

That's why players such as Haden and Alualu chose to come to Pittsburgh.

The Vikings' run defense has been good so far in 2017, allowing 81.0 yards per game and just 3.06 yards per carry to rank 11th and seventh in those categories, respectively.

The Steelers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

"We're going to be a great team all the way around", Dupree said.

Still, Dupree borrowed one of head coach Mike Tomlin's favorite "Tomlinisms" when he offered "we have the arrow pointing up" when asked about the strides the defense is making.

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