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The Minnesota Vikings have shown resiliency this season, as they've bounced back to avoid a three-game losing streak on two different occasions. If they hope to accomplish the feat a third time, they will have to do so without one of their top offensive weapons when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5-1) on Thursday Night Football. Minnesota (5-7) will be without star receiver Adam Thielen, who leads the team with 10 touchdown catches but suffered a high-ankle sprain in last Sunday's loss at Detroit. However, top rusher Dalvin Cook is active after a shoulder injury forced him to miss one game.

Kickoff from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET. Minnesota is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Vikings vs. Steelers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 44.5. Before locking in any Steelers vs. Vikings picks or NFL predictions, make sure you see what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.

White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.

In addition, White has gone an amazing 38-19-3 on his last 60 picks involving Minnesota, returning over $1,600. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has broken down Vikings vs. Steelers from every angle and just locked in his against the spread pick and Thursday Night Football predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see White's Vikings vs. Steelers expert picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Steelers vs. Vikings:

  • Vikings vs. Steelers spread: Minnesota -3.5
  • Vikings vs. Steelers over-under: 44.5 points 
  • Vikings vs. Steelers money line: Minnesota -170, Pittsburgh +145 
  • MIN: Vikings are 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 games as favorites 
  • PIT: Steelers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 contests as road underdogs
Featured Game | Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Why the Vikings can cover

Cook already has missed three games this season, but Minnesota's ground game luckily has not suffered during his absences. While filling in for the two-time Pro Bowler, Alexander Mattison posted a pair of 100-yard performances and fell 10 yards shy of triple-digits in last week's defeat. Pittsburgh ranks 27th in the NFL against the run and Cook will be back in the lineup.

Without Thielen, more responsibility could fall on the shoulders of Justin Jefferson, who is second in the league with 1,209 receiving yards. The 22-year-old's personal-best 182-yard effort against the Lions was the 12th 100-yard outing of his career, the second-most by a player in his first two seasons during the Super Bowl era. Jefferson has amassed 2,609 yards in 28 contests, tying Hall-of-Famer Lance Alworth as the fourth-fastest in NFL history to reach 2,500.

Why the Steelers can cover

Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh to two touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter against the Ravens, completing 9-of-10 pass attempts for 129 yards while making a pair of scoring tosses to Diontae Johnson and a two-point conversion throw to Pat Freiermuth. His second TD pass left him one game-winning scoring drive away from tying Drew Brees and Peyton Manning for second-most in NFL history. Rookie Najee Harris ran for 71 yards on Sunday to increase his season total to 779, putting him sixth in the league in rushing.

On the other side of the ball, the Steelers registered a season-high seven sacks to give them a league-leading 37 this season. Linebacker T.J. Watt notched a career-high 3.5 and is first in the NFL this year with 16, tying him with James Harrison (2008) for Pittsburgh's single-season record. The 27-year-old has recorded 65.5 sacks over his first 72 career games, matching his brother J.J. Watt for second-most in league history in that span behind Hall-of-Famer Reggie White (80).

How to make Vikings vs. Steelers picks

For Thursday Night Football, White is leaning Over on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing what it is and which side of the Steelers vs. Vikings spread to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins Steelers vs. Vikings on Thursday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Steelers vs. Vikings spread you should jump on, all from the NFL expert who's an amazing 38-19-3 on picks involving Minnesota, and find out.