Grading the Steelers-Vikings matchup
The Tribune-Review takes a position-by-position look at the Steelers-Vikings matchup at Heinz Field:
Steelers — Position — Vikings
B- — Quarterback — B-
The battle of the gunslingers might have turned out differently had Chester Taylor held on to an ill-fated screen pass. Favre's fumble was a killer, too.
C — Running back — C
Rashard Mendenhall and Adrian Peterson each rushed for 69 yards, though Mendenhall fumbled and Peterson added 60 yards as a receiver. But about Taylor's bobble ...
B — Wide receiver — A
Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice are as explosive as any duo in the NFL. Hines Ward (one catch, 3 yards) was awfully quiet for the Steelers.
C — Tight end — C
Heath Miller was called for an offensive pass-interference penalty that wiped out a touchdown, but he led the club with six receptions.
B — Offensive line — C-
The statistician must have lost count of all the false-start penalties on the Vikings. The holding call on tackle Bryant McKinnie, against James Harrison, was a game-changer.
A- — Defensive line — B
Travis Kirschke held up nicely until he was injured. Max Starks did a bang-up job on Jared Allen (two tackles, no sacks).
A+ — Linebackers — B
Keyaron Fox and LaMarr Woodley outscored the Steelers' offense, so that's a pretty good day. James Farrior (15 tackles and a sack) was phenomenal.
C- — Secondary — C
Ike Taylor had a mighty rough day, and the Vikings made a critical error in allowing Mike Wallace to slip free for a 40-yard TD at the end of the first half.
D- — Special teams — B
The Steelers kick coverage suddenly stinks again, allowing a return TD for the second consecutive week. Still waiting for Stefan Logan to break one, too.
B — Coaching — D
The Vikings' decision to ignore Adrian Peterson at the goal line on second and third downs was borderline criminal. Dick LeBeau's group outscored the Vikings' offense, 14-10, and held Peterson to 3.8 yards a carry.