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Instant analysis: Martavis Bryant's big day key in Steelers win over Vikings

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:14pm

The Steelers improved to 2-0 with a 26-9 win against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Heinz Field. Here are some initial impressions from the victory. 

Steelers vs. Vikings Final Score: Big plays and penalties the theme as Steelers beat Vikings 26-9

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:12pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 to advance their record to 2-0 on the season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings met at Heinz Field in Week 2 NFL action, and it was the first game at Heinz Field in the 2017 regular season. Although news fluctuated from the Steelers’ honoring Mr. Dan Rooney before the game or the team’s inactive list, the biggest news came from the opponents.

Sam Bradford, who played extremely well in the team’s Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, was listed as OUT for the game due to a knee injury. With Bradford out, Case Keenum was now in charge of the Minnesota offense, but he would have to wait to steer the Minnesota ship as Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense took the field to start the game.

After a three-and-out by Pittsburgh, the Vikings were unable to muster a drive of their own as both punters got early work in the game. On Pittsburgh’s second drive they attacked the Vikings from all areas. After a 41-yard defensive pass interference call on Xavier Rhodes on Antonio Brown, it set up a Ben Roethlisberger strike to Martavis Bryant for a 27-yard touchdown. Chris Boswell tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Steelers had the football to start the second quarter, and despite a holding call and a sack, Roethlisberger attacked the Minnesota secondary again. The victim this time was Trae Waynes as he was called for a defensive pass interference penalty against Martavis Bryant.

Two plays later the Steelers cashed in on a shovel pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who scored on his first NFL reception, to make the score 14-0, after the Bowell point-after.

Case Keenum slowly got himself acclimated to starting the game, and was able to put together a drive which put Minneosta in Pittsburgh territory for the first time. However, the drive stalled, and the Vikings settled for a Kai Forbath field goal to cut into the Pittsburgh lead 14-3, which stood as both teams headed into the locker room for halftime.

The Vikings started the second half with the football, but after a three-and-out the Minnesota coaching staff decided to go for a fake punt. Tyler Matakevich sniffed out the play and broke up the pass. The Steelers translated this decision into a Chris Boswell 46-yard field goal to extend the Pittsburgh lead 17-3.

Keenum would answer with a drive of his own, and it was an exceptional catch by Stefon Diggs and a quality run by Dalvin Cook which set up the Vikings’ first touchdown of the day. However, after CJ Ham’s run, Kai Forbath missed the point-after, which made the score 17-9.

Roethlisberger answered Keenum’s drive with one of his own, and it was aided by a 51-yard completion to Martavis Bryant on a defensive offsides play, but the drive stalled in the red-zone and had to settle for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 20-9, their first failed red-zone attempt of the 2017 season.

The story of the fourth quarter was the Pittsburgh defense as they continued to harass Keenum, and give the ball back to the offense. Roethlisberger orchestrated the offense to more points, this time via another Boswell field goal to extend the lead 23-9, which was followed by another Boswell 37-yard field goal to make the score 26-9, would be the final score of the contest.

The Vikings made the game much closer than the final score would indicate, but the Pittsburgh offense, combined with a stout Steelers defense, was just too much for a Case Keenum-led offense. Kudos to the Vikings defense, a very good unit, but just not enough to best the Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Steelers victory moves their record to 2-0, and the now turn their focus onto another NFC opponent when they travel to Chicago to play the Bears in Week 3 action. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on injuries, updates and commentary on all things Steelers.

HIGHLIGHT: Burns recovers fumble

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:00pm
CB Artie Burns recovers a loose ball that seals the victory over the Vikings.

HIGHLIGHT: Burns recovers fumble

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:00pm
CB Artie Burns recovers a loose ball that seals the victory over the Vikings.

HIGHLIGHT: Brown takes it for a 26-yard catch-and-run

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:50pm
WR Antonio Brown catches the ball over the middle and takes it for 26 yards.

HIGHLIGHT: Brown takes it for a 26-yard catch-and-run

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:50pm
WR Antonio Brown catches the ball over the middle and takes it for 26 yards.

HIGHLIGHT: Roethlisberger throws deep to Bryant for 51-yards

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:45pm
QB Ben Roethlisberger hits WR Martavis Bryant deep for a 51-yard catch.

HIGHLIGHT: Roethlisberger throws deep to Bryant for 51-yards

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:45pm
QB Ben Roethlisberger hits WR Martavis Bryant deep for a 51-yard catch.

Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2: 3rd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:22pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Heinz Field, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

The Vikings started the second half with the football, but after a three-and-out the Minnesota coaching staff decided to go for a fake punt. Tyler Matakevich sniffed out the play and broke up the pass. The Steelers translated this decision into a Chris Boswell 46-yard field goal to extend the Pittsburgh lead 17-3.

Keenum would answer with a drive of his own, and it was an exceptional catch by Stefon Diggs and a quality run by Dalvin Cook which set up the Vikings’ first touchdown of the day. However, after CJ Ham’s run, Kai Forbath missed the point-after, which made the score 17-9.

Roethlisberger answered Keenum’s drive with one of his own, and it was aided by a 51-yard completion to Martavis Bryant on a defensive offsides play, but the drive stalled in the red-zone and had to settle for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 20-9, their first failed red-zone attempt of the 2017 season.

The Steelers have the ball to start the 4th quarter.

What went right, wrong vs. Minnesota

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:20pm
The highs and lows of the Steelers regular Week 2 matchup vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2: Second-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 1:35pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Heinz Field! The 2017 season is under way with the Steelers and Vikings locking horns in Week 2. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

It’s finally here, the Pittsburgh Steelers have returned to Heinz Field for their 2017 regular season home opener. Their opponent? The Minnesota Vikings.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

For those who are wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let's remember to keep it clean, respect everyone's thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 1:28pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Heinz Field, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

The Steelers had the football to start the second quarter, and despite a holding call and a sack, Roethlisberger attacked the Minnesota secondary again. The victim this time was Trae Waynes as he was called for a defensive pass interference penalty against Martavis Bryant.

Two plays later the Steelers cashed in on a shovel pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who scored on his first NFL reception, to make the score 14-0, after the Bowell point-after.

Case Keenum slowly got himself acclimated to starting the game, and was able to put together a drive which put Minneosta in Pittsburgh territory for the first time. However, the drive stalled, and the Vikings settled for a Kai Forbath field goal to cut into the Pittsburgh lead 14-3.

After a series of punts, the score would remain 14-3 heading into the half, with the Vikings set to receive the ball in the second half.

Watch: JuJu Smith-Schuster scores first career touchdown

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 1:04pm

Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster notched a couple of career firsts on the same second-quarter play against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Heinz Field.

HIGHLIGHT: Roethlisberger to Smith-Schuster for TD

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:52pm
QB Ben Roethlisberger hits WR JuJu Smith-Schuster for a four-yard touchdown catch.

HIGHLIGHT: Roethlisberger to Smith-Schuster for TD

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:52pm
QB Ben Roethlisberger hits WR JuJu Smith-Schuster for a four-yard touchdown catch.

Steelers trying to hold on for win against Vikings

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:48pm

Chris Boswell kicked two field goals and the Minnesota Vikings scored their first touchdown as the Steelers held a 20-9 lead after three quarters at Heinz Field Sunday.

Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2: 1st quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:39pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Heinz Field, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings met at Heinz Field in Week 2 NFL action, and it was the first game at Heinz Field in the 2017 regular season. Although news fluctuated from the Steelers’ honoring Mr. Dan Rooney before the game or the team’s inactive list, the biggest news came from the opponents.

Sam Bradford, who played extremely well in the team’s Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, was listed as OUT for the game due to a knee injury. With Bradford out, Case Keenum was now in charge of the Minnesota offense, but he would have to wait to steer the Minnesota ship as Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense took the field to start the game.

After a three-and-out by Pittsburgh, the Vikings were unable to muster a drive of their own as both punters got early work in the game. On Pittsburgh’s second drive they attacked the Vikings from all areas. After a 41-yard defensive pass interference call on Xavier Rhodes on Antonio Brown, it set up a Ben Roethlisberger strike to Martavis Bryant for a 27-yard touchdown. Chris Boswell tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

HIGHLIGHT: Roethlisberger hits Bryant for a TD

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:36pm
WR Martavis Bryant breaks away from defenders for a touchdown.

HIGHLIGHT: Roethlisberger hits Bryant for a TD

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:36pm
WR Martavis Bryant breaks away from defenders for a touchdown.

Watch: Steelers honor Dan Rooney with video tribute

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:33pm

The Steelers honored late owner Dan Rooney with a video tribute before the game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Heinz Field. They posted the video to their Twitter page, as well. Here’s a look. 

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