Vikings sign former Denver Broncos QB Kyle Sloter to active roster

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The Steelers have ruled out T Jerald Hawkins of the game due to a knee injury. The Vikings are a better team against the run than the Browns are, making Pittsburgh's task this week a bit hard.

Bradford is throwing the ball as well as he ever has, as he threw for three touchdowns, and 346 yards against the Saints on Monday night.

The Steelers will need to get after him and get him off his spot as often as possible (Bradford has adequate mobility and can throw on the run but would prefer not to).

Repeating it on the road today in Pittsburgh against a team that figures to play into January and beyond would go a long way toward quieting the doubters. Even their impressive opening victory over New Orleans in Week 1 only led to more questions about whether their dominant performance was real or a mirage.

SPECIAL EDITION: Minnesota kicker Kai Forbath was 15-for-15 on field goals last season and 3-for-3 against New Orleans.

And the Vikings also have five Pro Bowl players on defense.

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Rhodes is expected to play, but has been nursing a hip injury this week, which means he's not fully healthy.

Pouncey anchors a powerful Steelers offensive line that likes to drive block, push defensive fronts around, and - as Zimmer insinuated on Friday - hold on to defenders. They kind of got away with some things last week, so hopefully they will look sharper in coverage. In his past three vs. the AFC, he has 854 passing yards, three TDs and one INT. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards in Week 1, the most by a Viking in his National Football League debut.

Sloter played just one season under center for Northern Colorado, throwing for 2,656 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 62.1 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 155.7.

Whether it's the sea of black and gold or the sight of thousands of Terrible Towels, the Steelers have carved out a clear home-field advantage over the years. Last week, Drew Brees was effective working passes to his backs against the Vikings defense - Mark Ingram had 5 catches for 54 yards and rookie Alvin had another 4 catches for 20 yards.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense may be bad against the pass, but they are great against the run. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards, two TDs and one INT last week.

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