Ben Roethlisberger - with a blindside as congested as rush hour traffic, Roethlisberger showed confidence and vision for the first time this season. He nearly led the Steelers back to tie the game late, but relentless pressure eventually took its toll.
Antonio Brown - He's adding toughness to his quickness, and it appeared the Steelers' short passing game is finally clicking.
Heath Miller - Hauled in a few tough catches, and took some big hits, but looks much more comfortable than he did last week in all areas of the game. Miller sprung rookie RB Le'Veon Bell on his first of two touchdown runs in the game.
Jerricho Cotchery - A touchdown catch and a big reception to start what could have been the game-tying drive in the game's final seconds.
Mike Adams - Each time it seems like Adams has hit rock bottom, he goes out and allows three sacks in the first half. It isn't even so much the clear and obvious fact he cannot compete at the left tackle position, his stunned approach after whiffing on Jared Allen led him to stand behind Roethlisberger in the pocket, and had the best seat in the house to see Allen notch his third sack.
Al Woods - He was on the field early and often, but just as frequently were his missed tackles of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. His 15-yard facemask penalty was probably his largest contribution on the day.
Ike Taylor - For a team that flat-out cannot take the ball away, Taylor blew two opportunities in the first half. He absolutely should have caught the first, although wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson made a nice play to knock it away. The second one was contestable, but at some point, the ball needs to be caught.
Cortez Allen - If anyone was affected by the travel, it would be Allen. He looked sluggish and weak, beaten for touchdowns twice by Greg Jennings.
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