After a less than stellar opening week against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers looked to improve in their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field. This afternoon, the Steelers’ defense was stifling against Minnesota and Ben Roethlisberger and the offense wore down the opposing defense on their way to a 26-9 victory.
The Vikings received a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell this afternoon, as the Steelers running back had 87 yards on 27 carries. Antonio Brown was held in check for the majority of the afternoon, tallying five catches for 62 yards. Roethlisberger, after getting off to a bit of a slow start, finished with 243 yards and two touchdowns.
The Steelers had control of this game all afternoon, even when the score was relatively close. Martavis Bryant scored on a 27 yard touchdown reception to make it a 7-0 game. A shovel pass from Ben to JuJu Smith-Schuster made it 14-0. The Vikings did get on the board with a field goal, but the Steelers led 14-3 at halftime.
Chris Boswell connected on field goals from 46, 29, 37, and 43 yards to keep the Vikings at distance throughout the second half. Minnesota did score a touchdown in the third quarter, but they couldn’t make any threat in the Steelers lead.
This was a solid win for Pittsburgh, though it did lack a lot of excitement. For the second straight week, the Steelers won, and getting off to a good start in the regular season is a key in advancing to the postseason. Pittsburgh is 2-0 despite clicking offensively, and they have put themselves in a solid position to begin this season, one in which high expectations have been place on this team.
Overall Record: 2-0
Next Game: Sunday September 24 @ Chicago Bears 1:00pm CBS