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Live from Heinz Field -- Oct. 25
October 25, 2009 - Buck Frank
Mike Wallace's flip into the end zone at the end of a 40-yard reception has the Steelers in front of the Vikings, 10-7, at halftime in a game that has featured nine first-half punts.
The Vikings were able to put together one good drive in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead after the Steelers had to settle for a field goal after getting a touchdown wiped out by a Heath Miller pass interference penalty.
The Steelers, especially Max Starks, has done a good job of neutralizing Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
The Vikings seem to be concentrating on stopping Hines Ward, which has allowed Wallace to make several plays.
The guess here is the offenses will open up a bit in the second half, but as of right now, the game hasn't been real entertaining.
One hour before kickoff.
Beautiful day here in Pittsburgh. Traffic pretty heavy right now. The anticipation for this game has been as big as just about any October game. Seeing a splash of purple in the stands. Saw several Favre (I was trying not to mention that name) and Peterson jerseys and a Jared Allen 69. Didn't see any throwback Tarkenton, Page, Eller, Marshall, etc.
Hopefully the game lives up to the hype. The Steelers obviously will be trying to shut down Adrian Peterson, but they better not overlook Chester Taylor, who can also cause problems. The Vikings have some emerging receivers, but the Steelers' experienced secondary should be able to keep them in check.
On offense, the Steelers will try and go after Benny Sapp, who will be starting for injured cornerback Antoine Winfield. Look for the Steelers to continue with their strong aerial assault.
A quick inactive check: Limas Sweed, Andre Frazier and Carey Davis are OUT, which means David Johnson will start at fullback and Shaun McDonald will be the fourth receiver. For the record, Tony Hills' streak of inactivity is now at 25 straight games.