Steelers vs. Vikings NFL Prediction
A pair of teams that are fighting to stay in the wild card race in their respective conferences will meet in Minnesota on Thursday night when the Vikings host the Steelers at 8:20 p.m. ET. With Minnesota laying a field goal as home chalk, is the wrong team favored for this matchup?
101 Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at 102 Minnesota Vikings (-3); o/u 43.5
8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 9, 2021
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
TV: NFL Network/FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers DFS Spin
Ben Roethlisberger (pec/shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday. Roethlisberger was estimated as sidelined on Monday but got in a full session the following day. He'll be available, for better or worse, on Thursday night against the Vikings as a low-end QB2.
Minnesota Vikings DFS Spin
Adam Thielen (ankle) is out for Week 14 against the Steelers Thursday night. The high-ankle sprain and short week was just too much to overcome for Thielen. With the veteran wideout sidelined, look for Justin Jefferson to command double-digit targets while K.J. Osborn picks up most of the slack as the third or fourth option on offense behind Jefferson, Dalvin Cook/Alexander Mattison, and perhaps even Tyler Conklin.
Thursday Night Football Prediction
The Steelers are 35-16-3 against the spread in their last 54 games as an underdog, are 13-5 against the number in their last 18 games as a road underdog and are 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus an opponent with a losing home record. On the other side, the Vikings are 0-6 against the spread in their last six games as a home favorite, are 1-9 against the number in their last 10 games as a favorite either home or away and are 2-7 at the betting window in their last nine games as a home favorite.
NFL WEEK 14 PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH STEELERS +3