Steelers Top Vikings 26-9 in Pittsburgh 18 Sep 17

PITTSBURGH — The Vikings dealt with too many “Bs” on Sunday in a 26-9 loss to the Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field.

With Sam Bradford out, the Vikings started backup quarterback Case Keenum, played behind the chains on multiple possessions and were backed up against their own end zone to start a drive in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers variations of Bs were typically tough, particularly at home. Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns for a rating of 104.8. Le’Veon Bell rushed 27 times for 87 yards.

Antonio Brown caught five passes for 62 yards, and the trio was joined by Martavis Bryant in his first game of 2017. Bryant caught three passes for 91 yards and a touchdown and drew an important pass interference call early. Chris Boswell kicked four field goals for the Steelers.  

Bradford was a no-go after being limited during practices all week with a knee injury.

Keenum, who joined the Vikings this offseason, took his first regular-season snaps for Minnesota and faced Pittsburgh for the first time in his career.

Sunday marked Keenum’s 27th game and 25th start in the NFL. He previously played for the Texans and Rams after entering the NFL with Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Keenum completed 20 of 37 passes for 167 yards and was under frequent heat from Pittsburgh’s blitzes and other pass rushes.

Dalvin Cook rushed 12 times for 64 yards. Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 45 yards, Adam Thielencaught five passes for 44 yards. Laquon Treadwell added three catches for 33 yards, and Stefon Diggsfinished with two receptions for 27 yards.

The Vikings trailed 14-3 at halftime and cut it to 17-9 in the third quarter thanks to a six-play, 82-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by C.J. Ham on his first career carry.

Ham’s score followed a 25-yard run by Dalvin Cook and a 21-yard pass from Keenum to Diggs. Cook also had a 10-yard run on the possession that opened with a 17-yard pass interference penalty on

Minnesota tried a fake punt on its opening series of the second half, but Ryan Quigley’s pass to Blake Bellwas broken up, and Pittsburgh took possession at the Minnesota 36. The Vikings defense held and forced a 51-yard field goal attempt, which was no good, but Minnesota was flagged on the play.

Boswell was good on his second chance, booting a 46-yarder for a 17-3 lead with 12:19 left in the third quarter.