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HIGHLIGHT: Watt swats away pass

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:19pm
LB T.J. Watt swats away an attempted pass by Minnesota Vikings quarterback.

HIGHLIGHT: Watt swats away pass

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:19pm
LB T.J. Watt swats away an attempted pass by Minnesota Vikings quarterback.

How to watch/listen to the Steelers vs. Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:00pm
Complete coverage of the Steelers' Week 2 game vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

A fitting tribute to Dan Rooney

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:53am
The Steelers paid tribute to late Chairman Dan Rooney before Sunday's game.

A fitting tribute to Dan Rooney

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:53am
The Steelers paid tribute to late Chairman Dan Rooney before Sunday's game.

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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:45am

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!

Rooney Tribute

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:43am
A video tribute to the Steelers long-time Chairman, Daniel M. Rooney.

Rooney Tribute

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:43am
A video tribute to the Steelers long-time Chairman, Daniel M. Rooney.

Greene: 'Mr. Rooney played a pivotal role in my life'

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:06am
Joe Greene shared his thoughts on close friend Dan Rooney.

Greene: 'Mr. Rooney played a pivotal role in my life'

Steelers.com Videos - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:06am
Joe Greene shared his thoughts on close friend Dan Rooney.

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is inactive for today's game vs. the Steelers

post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:51am

The Minnesota Vikings will play the Steelers without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who is inactive with a knee injury. Case Keenum, who has 24 career starts with the Texans and Rams, will start in Bradford’s place. This is Keenum’s first season with the Vikings.

Bud Dupree will make his 2017 Steelers debut vs. the Vikings

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:44am

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to make their Heinz Field debut vs. the Minnesota Vikings. See who is inactive for the Week 2 contest.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings are getting ready to go head-to-head in Week 2 NFL action, and the teams have released their inactive lists prior to kickoff.

For the Steelers, it will be the first game action for outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who missed the Week 1 game vs. the Browns due to a shoulder injury, but two other players who played last week won’t be active vs. the Vikings, including recently acquired TE Vance McDonald.

Inactives for @Steelers: QB Dobbs, WR Hunter, S Wilcox, T Hawkins, G Feiler, TE McDonald, DE Tuitt

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 17, 2017

Here is the full list of Steelers inactives:

QB Joshua Dobbs
WR Justin Hunter
S J.J. Wilcox
T Jerald Hawkins
G Matt Feiler
TE Vance McDonald
DE Stephon Tuitt

As for the Vikings, Sam Bradford has been ruled out and won’t start, giving way to Case Keenum for the Vikings. Keenum last started for the Rams in 2016.

Below is the Vikings complete inactive list:

QB Sam Bradford
WR Rodney Adams
CB Tramaine Brock
G Danny Isidora
T Aviante Collins
DE Tashawn Bower
DT Jaleel Johnson

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the Steelers Week 2 game vs. Minnesota.

Game Day Blog: Steelers vs. Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:31am
Follow along for updates from the Steelers-Vikings game at Heinz Field.

Game Day Blog: Steelers vs. Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:31am
Follow along for updates from the Steelers-Vikings game at Heinz Field.

Steelers inactives for game vs. Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:28am
Who is in, who is out this week for the Steelers as they take on the Minnesota Vikings.

Steelers inactives for game vs. Vikings

Steelers.com News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:28am
Who is in, who is out this week for the Steelers as they take on the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Week 2 Predictions: Predicting the winner of Steelers vs. Vikings

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:15am

AFC vs. NFC when the Steelers and Vikings square off in Week 2. We lay down our prediction for the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings are about to go head-to-head in Week 2 NFL action, and some of these interconference games can be difficult to predict. There isn’t much familiarity with these two teams, but the matchup about to get going could have the making of a tremendous contest.

At the moment this article was written, Sam Bradford was still expected to be the starting quarterback for Minnesota, but as he is dealing with a knee injury his participation is up in the air.

To save you some time, if Case Keenum gets the start over the hobbled Bradford, I don’t see there is any chance the Vikings go into Heinz Field, in the season opener when the team honors the late Mr. Dan Rooney, and win this football game.

Nonetheless, if Bradford is able to play, and is healthy enough to move, this game could be interesting. The Vikings defense is stout, and they have playmakers all around the offense, highlighted by Stefon Diggs; however, the Steelers, especially Ben Roethlisberger, at home are a different beast.

After a very mundane outing against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, where some viewed it as nothing more than a Preseason Week 5 game, the Steelers offense will look to make a statement in front of the home crowd.

Plain and simple, whether Bradford plays or not, I think the Steelers win this game to advance to 2-0 on the 2017 season.

(If Sam Bradford plays)
Pittsburgh - 28
Minnesota - 20

(If Sam Bradford doesn’t play)
Pittsburgh - 31
Minnesota - 17

Other AFC North Picks:
Baltimore - 27
Cleveland - 13

Feel free to give your predictions in the comment section below!

5 impact players to watch in Steelers vs. Vikings Week 2

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 9:50am

Who besides the big names could impact the Steelers’ fortunes? BTSC explores the possibilities.

With the Steelers getting ready for a season in which their ultimate goal is to climb the two extra rungs to Super Bowl glory, the usual suspects (Roethlisberger, Bell, Brown and Shazier) are expected to put up big numbers and lead the Steelers to victory. But please indulge us at BTSC as we highlight some other Black-and-gold warriors who could steal the headlines tomorrow at home against Minnesota.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

It was far from a stellar debut for the new Steeler receiver from USC. His only highlights were lowlights, as he was flagged twice for holding. JJSS has the intangibles to be a great receiver, he just needs to clear the jitters and put on a show.

TE Jesse James

The JV comments surrounding the Steelers stable of tight ends must have resonated with the big guy from Penn State. His two TDs led the way for the Steelers. He should be a huge red zone threat again this week.

OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree

At the time of this writing, Dupree was doing everything possible to play this weekend. In the final seven games of 2016, No. 48 had 4 1/2 sacks. After working out with NFL veteran, Chuck Smith, Bud is primed to break out.

CB William Gay

Not quite the ageless wonder that is James Harrison, Gay had a nice 2017 opener against Cleveland. His play in the secondary seemed inspired. He should definitely feel needed against the talented receivers from the twin cities.

DE Tyson Alualu

The free agent from Jacksonville gets extended playing time with the absence of Stephon Tuitt. Alualu can ease minds and raise his profile with a great game on Sunday.

3 Keys to Victory: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings Week 2

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 9:15am

Blazing the path to 2-0 will require a more balanced performance between the Steelers’ offense and defense.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field on Sunday for what promises to be a raucous “welcome back” from their Steel City fans, they’ll face a Minnesota Vikings team considerably tougher than many anticipated back when the Steelers originally released their 2017 schedule. By contrast to Pittsburgh’s Week 1 opponent, the Cleveland Browns, the Vikings are a team with a realistic shot to defeat any NFL team on any given Sunday, Thursday or Monday.

In view of what we saw (or didn’t see) from the Steelers last Sunday in Cleveland, and also taking account of the team that Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has carefully assembled during the 2016 season and via the 2017 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh definitely has its work cut out in its season debut before the hometown crowd. With the stage set for what promises to be a very competitive clash, it’s time to roll out the three keys to a Steelers victory over the men in purple:

Key No. 1: Limit Dalvin Cook (i.e. the Vikings’ rushing game)

If you’re under the impression—following Adrian Peterson’s departure for The Big Easy back in April—that the Vikings have reverted to a pedestrian ground attack, you might be in for quite a surprise. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook has a stellar resume which includes the notable honor of being the Florida State Seminoles’ all-time leading rusher. Despite being a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Cook had been ranked by Sports Illustrated in its draft preview as the top RB available. Last Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, Cook set a new Minnesota record for a regular-season debut by a rookie RB with 127 yards on 22 carries—an impressive 5.8-yards per carry average. In so doing, Cook bested the Vikings previous record set by—you guessed it—Peterson.

To extend their record to 2-0, the Steelers’ defense will need to contain Cook, as they succeeded in doing last week with Isaiah Crowell. On the other hand, if Cook is able to turn in another performance like his Week 1 outing versus the Saints, this might serve as the perfect complement for the preferred, short-to mid-range passing style of Sam Bradford—and that could spell a long day for the Steelers.

Key No. 2: Pressure Sam Bradford consistently

While Sam Bradford probably is a better quarterback than many believe, he’s never been able to prove it because of injuries and the challenges of a journeyman NFL quarterback who’s worked with multiple offensive coaches on three different NFL teams. Bradford’s acute awareness of the severe injuries which have hounded and marginalized his career represents his Achilles’ heel because, whether they admit it or not, veteran quarterbacks commonly alter their playing styles in efforts to avoid injury. That’s potentially a psychological edge which might be exploited by an aggressive Pittsburgh defense.

Last Monday night, given adequate pocket time to survey the field, Bradford passed for 346 yards and three TDs. That’s why, despite the anticipated absences of some key defensive players, the Steelers must harass Bradford throughout this game. With reports circulating this past week that Bradford might be working with a gimpy knee, there’s a real possibility he might not be able to finish the game, particularly if he’s sacked or forced to run out of the pocket. Make no mistake, though, that Bradford knows better than to hold onto the football as long as rookie DeShone Kizer repeatedly did last Sunday in Cleveland, thereby helping Pittsburgh to pad its early-season sack stats. Given enough time with his talented receiver corps, Bradford has shown that he can do some real damage.

Key No. 3: Take some pressure off of Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh’s offense clearly needs to be more productive this week than in its Week 1 performance in Cleveland. Additionally, the Steelers can’t expect even the incomparable Antonio Brown to be their savior each and every week, as he was in the Browns game. Martavis Bryant, who got off to a slow start in the Cleveland game, must step up to reclaim the bookend role he played so well prior to his suspension by the league. While the presence of Eli Rogers as an effective receiving option certainly has helped, nothing will make a bigger difference in the performance of Todd Haley’s offense than for Bryant to reprise his former beast role.

Ideally, Le’Veon Bell will not only turn in a more typical performance running the football, but he’ll also see more action as a change-of-pace receiver for Ben Roethlisberger. This would present a further diversion for the Vikings’ defense, taking the focus off of Brown and the Steelers’ other receivers.

The faithful of Steelers Nation are anxiously anticipating the emergence of a team whose performance recognizes the preseason as history. There’s no longer any good excuse for a plodding effort on either side of the ball. Anticipating that the Vikings will be fully prepared to take advantage of any Steelers’ weaknesses, it’s up to Mike Tomlin and company to make sure the Black-and-gold is hitting on all cylinders right from the opening kickoff.

Injury Report: Vikings unsure if Sam Bradford will start vs. Steelers in Week 2

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 8:46am

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be facing Case Keenum instead of Sam Bradford.

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be facing Sam Bradford under center for the Minnesota Vikings, and they might not.

After being on the injury report the majority of the week, Bradford isn’t just listed as ‘Questionable’, but the knee injury will leave him as a game-time decisions for the Vikings.

Vikings believe Sam Bradford, listed as Q for Sunday, will be gametime decision, per source. They plan to work him out pregame, then decide.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2017

The status of #Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) to be decided after a pregame workout, source said. Good news: His ACL & ligaments are intact

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 17, 2017

Will Bradford be under center? A pre-game workout will dictate whether he will be able to play Sunday at Heinz Field or not, but most are expecting Bradford to be under center when the game officially begins at 1:00 p.m. ET.

If Bradford cannot play in Week 2, it would be Case Keenum getting the start in the home opener for the Steelers.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, and other reports, leading up to the game.

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