Vikings Struggle in Week 2
The Minnesota Vikings traveled to Pittsburgh Sunday to take on the Steelers. The Vikings are coming off of a great win against the Saints last week while the Steelers narrowly survived their divisional foe in Cleveland.
Sam Bradford, coming off one of the best performances of his career did not play due to swelling in his knee. The same knee that he has had multiple reconstructive surgeries. The timetable for his return is still up in the air. There have been some reports that have him coming back next week and others saying it could be as long as a six weeks. Stepping in his place is the University of Houston standout, Case Keenum. Despite all of Keenum's success in college he has still yet to find his groove in the NFL. After a dismal 2016-17 season with the Rams, he was signed by the Vikings this past off-season. Keenum went 20 of 37 passing with 167 yards against the Steelers Sunday. The Vikings as whole did not look right. The quarterback is the easy target to blame in this situation but it seemed every time the Vikings made a play it was called back. Nick Easton did not have his best game being called for multiple holding penalties.
The Vikings defense played okay as they managed to keep Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell in check throughout the game. Martavis Bryant had a few big plays including a touchdown. He served a one year suspension for all of last season for violating the league’s substance policy.
Next week the Vikings play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who stomped the Chicago Bears on Sunday 29-7. Xavier Rhodes will most likely match up with Mike Evans which will be entertaining to say the least. Game time is noon central time at US Bank Stadium.
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