It's more likely that this will be a hard-fought, sloppy game that comes down to the wire. Let's break it down:
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- I went back to watch all of Peterson's runs on Game Rewind to see if he looked any different than during last season. He's still running like the best player in the league. He is creating a ton of yards after contact, and his lateral movement to slide through holes is unmatched. Minnesota's offensive line just isn't opening up holes, which makes sense because every team is loading up to stop Peterson.
- There's no reason to think the Steelers will take a different approach with Matt Casselstarting at quarterback over Christian Ponder for the Vikings. Cassel seems well liked in Minnesota by folks inside the organization and by his teammates. He's played at a higher level as a starting quarterback than Ponder ever has, but Cassel has been in a downward spiral since leading Kansas City to the playoffs in 2010.
- Looking for some positives from the Vikings? They have been competitive in every game. There's really not much separating them from many of the 2-1 teams around the league. Brian Robison is playing outstanding at defensive end. (Jared Allen, however, is starting to finally look his age.) Harrison Smith is one of the best safeties in the league and cornerback Marcus Sherels did a nice job against Josh Gordon last week after he got on the field.