Kyle Sloter promoted to Minnesota Vikings' active roster

Posted September 17, 2017

The Steelers won the only postseason meeting between the teams.

Who is calling Steelers vs. Vikings for FOX? That's their goal every week.

Last week against the Browns, Steelers' defenders gave up six receptions for 62 yards. And even though it has been just one game so far, Brown has shown how devastating his skills are after torching the Cleveland Browns. With Le'Veon's role expanded and the offensive line cutting down on the holding penalties, I expect the Steelers to break the century mark in total rushing yards. Most of the games were blowouts, with a handful of games decided by less than seven points.

The final remaining link from the Front 7 dating back to days of Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, James Farrior and Larry Foote - Heyward was teammates with them all - Heyward had been a rock in the Steelers defense's lineup. If the Vikings' defense is not up to the task, and Bradford is limited, this will be a long day.

Bradford has had numerous injuries before so it wouldn't also be much of a surprise if the Vikings decide to put him on the shelf for at least Week 2.

Bradford, who had torn left ACLs in 2013 and 2014 while with the St. Louis Rams, was listed as questionable. In what very much could be Ben Roethlisberger's a year ago, Brown showed his connection with his gunslinger is still lethal. To do that, they first must stop Bell.

Minnesota was more impressive in a home win over New Orleans. He may need to do the same to slow down Brown.

Speaking of defenses, while we might have some legitimate questions about Minnesota's offensive explosion, there was never a doubt about the defense the Vikings are fielding. If he doesn't play, that could mean Heyward would revert back to his pre-injury form and carry a heavy snaps load. If they start doing that, the three-and-outs will pile up, and the Steelers will take control of the game.

I think Minnesota keeps it close, but the Steelers win, 27-23. Diggs had seven catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints while Haden was targeted early and often by the Browns.

"We're really going to have to work diligently to make sure we handle the leverage and the coverage on him as they move him around", Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said.

The game-within-the-game to watch will be when Pittsburgh has the ball will be All-Pro WR Antonio Brown against CB Xavier Rhodes, who made his first Pro Bowl last season when he intercepted five passes.