Vikings coach unsure about Bradford's return

Vikings still optimistic that Sam Bradford will play vs. Steelers

Vikings still optimistic that Sam Bradford will play vs. Steelers

On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings played in Pittsburgh against the Steelers without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who was unable to make it through pre-game warmups due to a knee issue.

After watching the film of Sunday's road loss, Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer broke down more of what he saw from his team against the Steelers.

Backup Case Keenum now gets the start for the Vikings, who this week promoted practice-squad quarterback Kyle Sloter as insurance. "He played in a lot of big games in college", coach Mike Zimmer said of the third-round draft pick from Ohio State. When Bradford's swollen left knee prevented him from going to work against the Steelers, the Vikings hoped Keenum would provide a spark.

The Steelers already have their franchise rusher, but they're working him back into game shape.

"I'm good now", he said. "Maybe the next week, maybe six weeks from now, he's going to be OK". But, how will the Steelers break through against a Vikings defense that is justifiably considered one of the best? Antonio Brown did not disappoint and, while he is nearly always a good play, he should command attention, opening up the field for Martavis Bryant.

The first real test won't come until October 15, when the Steelers visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

Minnesota (1-0) quarterback Sam Bradford, also known as "Captain Checkdown", was anything but a conservative quarterback in their win against New Orleans.

It was the kind of performance the Steelers (1-0) were looking for but didn't get in Week 1. "We didn't get the running game going until later on, so that kind of hurt the passing game, as well".

Keenum has thrown for 5,224 yards, 24 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career.

"We've just got to fill a little better and not give up those big runs", Heyward said after the game. "I don't think it's going to be a long-term thing, but honestly I have no idea, just like I have no idea about Teddy [Bridgewater]".

There are adjustments to be made, but for the most part, Pittsburgh is perfectly fine with where they are.

When the Minnesota Vikings play in Pittsburgh, which isn't often, weird things tend to happen. "They have a good running game, three really good backs, but we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard". His 27 yard touchdown reception was a bullet that Ben Roethlisberger uncorked.

The Vikings offense looks much more explosive this year and even with the addition of former Browns cornerback Joe Haden, the weakness on the Steelers defense lies in the secondary.

In a surprisingly close contest, the Steelers barely held off Cleveland 21-18 in the season opener for both games. The run game was also impactful as Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries in his National Football League debut.

William Gay, S, Steelers (Louisville):Three tackles, two solo in win against Vikings.

"I'm kind of dealing with the guys that played", Gase said.

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