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Week 2 GameScout: Vikings at Steelers

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Week 2 GameScout: Vikings at Steelers

Except that Bradford experienced "swelling, pain and discomfort" during the week, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who added that the team remained hopeful that Bradford would play but had concerns too.

If that doesn't happen, this is a game the Steelers can lose. He may not get a chance to play right away, but Sloter will be on the sideline, potentially just a play or two away from getting in the game.

Needless to say, the Vikings defense doesn't look like a favorable matchup for the Steelers' All-Pro runner. And they need Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, the offensive line and Martavis Bryant to play up to their capability in this one.

We'll find out if the Vikings have really solved their offensive line issues this week.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Heinz Field. Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook had 127 yards in his debut, and the Steelers will try to limit his effectiveness. He had an MRI in the week leading up to the first road game of the year for Minnesota versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Steelers have ruled out T Jerald Hawkins of the game due to a knee injury.

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-Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Vikings CBs Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman. Even if Rhodes can keep Brown in check, it's hard to imagine Bell struggling for a second straight week. But Brown has proven time after time that he can get open against just anyone with four straight 100-catch seasons.

FAST FACTS: Minnesota QB Sam Bradford completed 84.4 percent of his passes for 346 yards, three TDs and no INTs last week.

This should be a doozy, but the Steelers are bad tough to beat at home, meaning the Vikings might have to settle for a near-miss in this excellent contest. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen led the team with nine receptions and 157 yards last week.

Indeed, Smith threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns in the opener last season, but the Chiefs didn't score a TD the next week. Now, the blame isn't exclusively on the offensive line, Bell played a limited role and didn't make superior plays when his name was called. He's projected for 260.2 yards, 1.61 touchdowns and 16.2 FanDuel points if he plays in Pittsburgh.

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