Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 8

Minnesota Vikings: No Sam Bradford Means No Offense

Last week, the Minnesota Vikings offense was on fire against the New Orleans Saints, and quarterback Sam Bradford was one of the main reasons for that. Bradford threw for 344 yards and three scores in a scintillating season-opener, and all looked promising leading to this week’s tussle against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That changed drastically within the span of a few days, as Bradford was ruled out due to an injured left knee (the same knee that has had two ACL operations, though an MRI earlier this week showed no damage).

With Bradford ruled out, it was up to backup Case Keenum to lead the Vikings, and it did not turn out well at all. Keenum finished the game 20-of-37 for only 167 yards. The Vikings’ offense did not retain any of the crispness it showed last week. The Steelers defense made sure of it, with consistent pressure that put Keenum in trouble when he couldn’t deliver the ball quickly to any of his weapons.

The collateral damage was also felt across the team in all facets. Dalvin Cook was ineffective, as he could not get anything going in the run game, finishing with a pedestrian 64 yards on only 12 carries, and once again, was no factor in the passing game. It also did not help with a normally disciplined squad finishing with 11 penalties for 131 yards, marking only the fourth time under head coach Mike Zimmer that they had been penalized at least 10 times. Lastly, the Steelers offense led by Ben Roethlisberger, took their shots down the field, using his vast weaponry outside of star receiver Antonio Brown, and succeeded.

Overall, it was a weak performance and not the type that one wanted to see after the high of opening weekend. The Vikings will most certainly monitor the Bradford injury and hope he comes back soon, or the season could be in peril before it even begins to roll.

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