Reuters/Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY SportsPittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field, Dec. 11, 2016.
So, for the most part, Sunday's regular season opener, in which the Steelers host the Vikings, will be the first chance for Pittsburgh fans to see what the team will look like this season. If Bell could only muster 47 yards against the Browns, he probably won't eclipse that total against the vaunted Vikings defense barring a miraculous turnaround. Rhodes is dealing with a hip injury, but is only listed as questionable and should be ready for the marquis matchup. Nonetheless, look for him to be more involved this week as the high-powered Pittsburgh offense looks to get back on track. It's Week 2 of the National Football League and it's already exciting with two high quality teams trying to prove themselves.
Dez Bryant: Bryant only caught two passes for 43 yards against a very good Giants defense-Denver's defense is better still.
The Steelers passing game started off the season on a bright note, thanks again to Brown, who accompanied for 69% of the teams receiving yards.
A similar performance this week will get the Steelers beaten by the Minnesota Vikings, a team that is sneaky good.
Getting to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is only half the battle. Week 2 always provides an exciting test for fantasy players because there was so much to be learned from Week 1's experiences. The offense has to run through the running back tandem of Jordan Howard and Tarek Cohen, but with the Buccaneers likely keying on them, this is probably not a bad week to avoid the duo. Diggs had seven receptions for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Monday night. I think that Maurkice Pouncey struggled as much as any of the linemen against the run, and we know that is not going to remain that way. The Saints gave up 346 yards to Sam Bradford, and this is Tom Brady. "I'm not going to talk about who had MRIs, who didn't have MRIs, Lots of guys have MRIs".
Watt downplayed his splashy start, pointing to mistakes such as a 15-yard personal foul penalty for a late hit as evidence he still has a ways to go. But Brown has proven time after time that he can get open against just anyone with four straight 100-catch seasons.