Sam Bradford has been a steady presence on Minnesota’s offense in his first two games back after missing the first four with a foot injury.
The Vikings have won four of their past five games after a 7-1 start to the season.
The team has a nine-game winning streak at home, and they are averaging 26.2 points per game in the process.
The only problem is Bradford’s knee.
His ankle has been bothering him since Week 1, and he missed all but one game in 2016.
“We know he’s going to have a little setback here, but we’re just going to get through it,” head coach Mike Zimmer said after Sunday’s loss.
Bradford’s teammates have been vocal in their support for him, with tight end Kyle Rudolph posting on Twitter: “We all know Sam Bradford is going to be fine.
He has no issues with anything.
He’s going in the right direction.”
Heck, Bradford himself tweeted: “Hopefully I’ll be back to 100% sooner rather than later.
The quarterback’s teammates will be hoping for the best when they take on the Steelers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Steelers, who have been the NFL’s worst team over the past two seasons, are 3-6 this year, which is the worst record in the league.
It is a stark contrast to their 10-6 start in 2016, when they won eight of their first 10 games.
Bradford was sacked five times and had five interceptions in the Vikings’ loss to Pittsburgh.
“They played some great football, but it was just a matter of trying to find a way to win the game and that’s what we tried to do in the second half,” Zimmer said.
A few things happened to give the Steelers an edge in this game, especially after they allowed seven touchdown passes to the Vikings in the first half.
The first touchdown was an 85-yarder to Stefon Diggs with 4:03 left in the fourth quarter.
The second came on a 26-yard touchdown pass from rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu to tight end Anthony Fasano, who finished the game with four catches for 62 yards.
The third touchdown was on a 2-yard pass from Ryan Grant to Fasano.
The fourth touchdown came on an 87-yard drive in the third quarter when Diggs and Sanu were wide open.
They were both wide open for the touchdown, which gave the Vikings a 21-14 lead.
The Bengals were the only other team to score on Sunday, and it was a big step up from last week’s loss in Cincinnati to the Eagles, when the Bengals failed to score in the opening three quarters.
The last time Minnesota was without a winning record was in 2016 when they lost 13 of their final 14 games.
The NFL has also suspended linebacker Chad Greenway for the second straight week after the linebacker’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.
Greenway’s wife, who has a child with Greenway, is a police officer in her home state of Florida.
The Browns have not won a game this season, but they are 10-2.