National Football League 2017 Week 2: Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers preview and prediction

Keith Butler points to communication issues in the Steelers secondary

Keith Butler points to communication issues in the Steelers secondary

ESPN reported that Bradford felt pain and swelling in his left knee that has twice been surgically repaired. 35 rushing yards is far from adequate for the Steelers, especially when they are facing the worst team in the National Football League last season.

He'll prove to be a hard match-up for Vikings linebackers.

As I wrote about yesterday, look for Le'Veon Bell to be more active this week.

The Steelers are going to bring the pressure on Sunday and the Vikings know that. Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook had 127 yards in his debut, and the Steelers will try to limit his effectiveness.

Last week, Rudolph averaged 11.6 fantasy points per game, as he caught one touchdown against the Saints.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to embark on their second game of the 2017 regular season schedule after coming out of Cleveland a week ago with a victory.

Watt downplayed his splashy start, pointing to mistakes such as a 15-yard personal foul penalty for a late hit as evidence he still has a ways to go.

A similar performance this week will get the Steelers beaten by the Minnesota Vikings, a team that is sneaky good.

Winning on the road was a key for the Vikings in their NFC North title season of 2015. I expect Big Ben to take more vertical shots downfield to keep the Vikings defense on their toes and potential open up the running game. Xavier Rhodes is why the Vikings could deal with Brown better than most. Rhodes doesn't usually stray from his right corner spot, so the Steelers can move Brown around to avoid him.

Pittsburgh defensive end Stephon Tuitt's left biceps is healing and he may be ready to play against Minnesota on Sunday. Minnesota is one of those teams. The result was a 27-for-32 night for 346 yards and three TDs that was surgical at times. While the Steelers defense may have looked good in Week one, they were not facing almost the weapons they are in Week two.

Roehtlisberger will always be a wild card, and even when the talent around him is struggling, he has shown an unbelievable ability to make plays downfield and orchestrate some brilliant offensive drives.

Sloter played just one season under center for Northern Colorado, throwing for 2,656 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 62.1 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 155.7.

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