"Every situation's different, and I would say that you can be forgiven if the right steps are taken", Gase said.
For a team that spent most of the offseason talking about its high-powered offense, the guys on the other side of the ball are more than holding their own until the "Killer Bs" gets it together. The loss came on the road against a legitimate Super Bowl contender and the Vikings' defense committed costly penalties. Early in the game on a fourth down, Brian Robison inexplicably jumped off sides to give Pittsburgh a first down. There were 71 yards worth of pass interference flags on cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes.
KEYS TO THE GAME: With uncertainty at the quarterback position, the Vikings will have to bank on riding a dominant defense that can reach a higher level when there's home-field advantage. They have only allowed seven third-down conversions on 24 attempts for a 28-percent rate that is seventh-best in the NFL. When he inevitably succumbs to a multi-game injury, next up is Case Keenum. "I'm not going to jump head over heels because it's two games". Keenum who has beaten Tampa twice already in his stint with the Rams has proved that he is more than capable to take down the Bucs. However, running back Rex Burkhead, who sustained a rib injury, was not seen during practice.
Cook is third in the National Football League in rushing with 191 yards on 34 carries (5.6 yard average) and his 95.5 yards per game average ranks fourth.
They are two of seven players selected in the first three rounds of the draft in the past four seasons now starting on that defense.
Bradford missed the Vikings' game last week due to soreness and pain in his left knee, and was limited in practice this week. "He's worked hard on trying to improve, and he's doing a good job".
The Steelers needed to stack wins in the second half of 2016 just to win the AFC North after a four-game losing streak - including losses at Miami and Baltimore - left them with a 4-5 record. "If it is something that lingers and we have to deal with it, then we'll figure out the best approach on how to manage it". "If I'm on Mike Evans, I got to get in the weight room".
Bradford had a brilliant Week 1 game, going 27-for-32 for 346 yards (3 touchdowns, no interceptions) in a Vikings win over the New Orleans Saints.
"It didn't change", Zimmer said. "He moves well in the pocket, gets out of the pocket". There have been countless basketball players who end up with hip problems, for example, because they play through injury and end up putting too much weight on one leg.