The Minnesota offense erupted for 470 yards and the defense held its own against Drew Brees and the Saints. Presently came along a wolf, and knocked at the door, and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me come in". They went 5-3 on the road, which included winning five of their last six and wrapping up the division with an impressive victory at Green Bay in the regular-season finale.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer knows Pittsburgh well from his days in Cincinnati. While Le'Veon Bell looked rusty after holding out until a week before the game, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown picked up the slack. "They're physical, they're tough".
Are They For Real?
We'll find out if the Vikings have really solved their offensive line issues this week. Rhodes, the team's Pro Bowl corner, is expected to shadow Brown whenever he lines up outside. He picked up right where he left off with 11 catches for 182 yard in Week 1.
Meanwhile, in his first game after a holdout, Bell was limited by the Browns - and the Steelers.
The Vikings quarterback situation is still a bit of an unknown on Saturday night. 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 Steelers had 13 for 144 yards. One of the keys was their ability to block the edges and allow the numerous sweeps they ran to get to the corner and turn into chunk yardage.
"Convert third downs, flip the field in some instances". The Steelers never trailed, led 21-10 for most of the second half and ran out the clock thanks to clutch plays from their stars after Cleveland pulled within three.
"I think they probably have an edge that way", Zimmer said.
Running back Dalvin Cook is one option for fantasy owners to consider sitting in Week 2, and here is why. The "Steel Curtain" will show whether Minnesota's offensive exploits in Week 1 can be believed. After a year in which they were closer to turnstiles than pass protectors, the line looked strong last Monday night against New Orleans.
"I'm not going to talk about who has had MRIs or who hasn't had MRIs, lots of guys have MRIs". Even after Bryant was conditionally reinstated in the spring, the league prevented him from taking part in the first week's worth of training camp practices.
No other players were listed on Minnesota's injury report.
Showing it against Pittsburgh will add to the credibility. He suffered a torn ACL in the same knee in the preseason in 2014 and missed the entire season. Also, G Danny Isidora (knee) and CB Tramaine Brock (groin) could make their 2017 season debuts on Sunday. Anthony Barr, both of whom are listed as questionable, will be able to play, a source told Schefter.
The Steelers have ruled out T Jerald Hawkins of the game due to a knee injury.