The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings met at Heinz Field in Week 2 NFL action, and it was the first game at Heinz Field in the 2017 regular season. Although news fluctuated from the Steelers’ honoring Mr. Dan Rooney before the game or the team’s inactive list, the biggest news came from the opponents.
Sam Bradford, who played extremely well in the team’s Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, was listed as OUT for the game due to a knee injury. With Bradford out, Case Keenum was now in charge of the Minnesota offense, but he would have to wait to steer the Minnesota ship as Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense took the field to start the game.
After a three-and-out by Pittsburgh, the Vikings were unable to muster a drive of their own as both punters got early work in the game. On Pittsburgh’s second drive they attacked the Vikings from all areas. After a 41-yard defensive pass interference call on Xavier Rhodes on Antonio Brown, it set up a Ben Roethlisberger strike to Martavis Bryant for a 27-yard touchdown. Chris Boswell tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.