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KEY PLAYER: Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben didn’t have his best game against the Browns one week ago. With only 263 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception, Ben will be looking for more success in his comfort zone amongst Steeler Nation. Week 1 is behind him and he will be looking for more consistency, not only from his offensive teammates, but from himself as well.
KEY PLAYER: Dalvin Cook
As of this post, QB Sam Bradford’s status for this game is up in the air as he is dealing with nagging knee injury. If Bradford isn’t able to suit up, the Vikes will be looking to lean on the young but explosive rookie. Cook tallied 127 total yards in his Monday Night debut and will surely be looking for more.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
After a closer-than-normal victory against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, the Steelers are in the cozy confines of Heinz Field looking to get to 2-0 for the second year in a row. In order to do so, they will need to get past the fearsome defense of the Vikings. In addition to their stout defense, rookie running back Dalvin Cook will be looking to build upon his impressive debut against the Saints on Monday Night Football.
For the Steelers, they’ll be looking to synchronize the offense after a less-than-stellar performance last week from everyone not named Antonio Brown. The Steelers’ defense certainly showed up to play last week with 7 total sacks and an interception. If that level of play carries over to this week, the Steelers’ chances of success will skyrocket.
When it’s all said and done, the Steelers’ offense should begin to find their footing and stave off the Vikings for their second consecutive win.