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The Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 as NFL pre-season kicked off in Canton with the Hall of Fame Game.

Mike Kafka threw a touchdown pass for the Vikings and Joe Banyard ran for their other score in a game that saw very few reps for likely starters on either team.

Minnesota used quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a couple more regulars in their first series on offence, but it was back-ups and third-stringers the rest of the way.

Pittsburgh gave quarterback Landry Jones the chance to shine under center but he could only manage to complete 16-of-32 passes for 135 yards as they failed to make it into the end zone all evening.

Bridgewater completed five of his six passes for 44 yards but missed Mike Wallace on a simple flip pass to bring an end to a promising drive.

Shaun Suisham gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead with a 36-yard field goal, and Kafka soon had the Vikings in front after taking over from Bridgewater, connecting with backup tight-end MyCole Pruitt from 34 yards with 4:20 remaining in the first half.

They extended the lead midway through the third quarter following a 62-yard punt return by rookie Stefon Diggs.

He was tripped up just short of the goal line but one play later Banyard strolled into the end zone to make it 14-3 and complete the scoring.