The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5-1) and Minnesota Vikings (5-7) will battle it out on Thursday Night Football. Mike Zimmer's seat may be heating up as the Vikings fight to make the playoffs after missing out in 2020. This may be Ben Roethlisberger's last season in Pittsburgh and the Steelers are currently fighting to secure a playoff spot in the AFC playoff picture. The Steelers will try to win their third straight game.
Kickoff from U.S. Bank Stadium is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Minnesota is favored by 3.5 points in the latest Steelers vs. Vikings odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 44.5. Before locking in your Vikings vs. Steelers picks, make sure to check out the NFL predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has simulated Steelers vs. Vikings 10,000 times and just revealed its coveted NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Steelers vs. Vikings:
- Steelers vs. Vikings spread: Minnesota -3.5
- Steelers vs. Vikings over-under: 44.5 points
- Steelers vs. Vikings money line: Minnesota -170, Pittsburgh +145
- MIN: Over is 7-1 in Vikings' last eight games following an against the spread loss
- PIT: Steelers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games
Why the Vikings can cover
This offense is very versatile and can present problems for Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson is second in the NFL with 100.8 receiving yards per game. The 2020 first-round pick is one of the best deep-threats in the league, hauling in 21 passes over 20-plus yards downfield. Alexander Mattison has 448 scrimmage yards in his three starts, including two games with more than 100 rushing yards, and the team could get starting running back Dalvin Cook back from a shoulder injury.
Tight end Tyler Conklin is third on the team with 47 catches for 469 yards and three scores. The Central Michigan product has four games with more than 50 receiving yards. Conklin saw a season-high 10 targets in Week 13. K.J. Osborn has racked up more than 70 yards in three games in 2021. Osborn also came up clutch this season, reeling in the game-winning touchdown pass in the Week 6 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers.
Why the Steelers can cover
Pittsburgh has legitimate playmakers on both sides of the ball. On the offensive side, rookie running Najee Harris has been terrific thus far. He is fourth in the league in carries (217), sixth in rushing yards (779), and has five rushing touchdowns. Harris is also a potent receiving threat coming out the backfield with 57 receptions for 387 yards. The Alabama product is averaging 97.2 scrimmage yards per game. Diontae Johnson is the No. 1 wideout for Pittsburgh and is eighth in the league in catches (76), ninth in yards (914), and has six scores.
Johnson is coming off his third 100-yard performance of the year. In the win against Baltimore, he had eight catches for 105 yards with two touchdowns. On the defensive side, linebacker T.J. Watt is having another sensational season. Despite missing two games, Watt is first in the NFL with 16 sacks. The two-time First-Team All-Pro dominated Baltimore in Week 13, finishing with six total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.
How to make Steelers vs. Vikings picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 46 points. The model also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Steelers vs. Vikings picks at SportsLine.
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