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Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings: Betting Guide

The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers have the distinction of providing the Detroit Lions with their only win (Minnesota) and tie (Pittsburgh) of 2021. The NFL odds favor the Vikings in this crucial contest between up-and-down teams that sit just outside playoff position in their respective conferences.

  • Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
  • Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
  • Day/Time: Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Television: FOX, NFL Network

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Minnesota Vikings: Betting Guide

Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under
Pittsburgh +3 (Ev) +150 43½ (-110o)
Minnesota -3 (-120) -170 43½ (-110u)


The franchises that met in Super Bowl IX have split 18 meetings. The last came in 2017, when Pittsburgh prevailed 26-7 in the Steel City behind a pair of touchdown passes by Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers were favored by 8½ while the game easily stayed under 43.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings: Betting Guide
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings: Betting Guide

Pittsburgh Steelers

Next game: vs Tennessee Titans

Last Game

Pittsburgh stopped Baltimore’s two-point conversion attempt with 12 seconds remaining to prevail 20-19. Players who bet under 44 rejoiced when the Ravens lined up for two, eliminating the possibility of the total being exceeded with a touchdown in overtime. The Steelers were covering for the first time as a four-point underdog when betting online as they trimmed the deficit to 10-9 with 14:01 to play. The clubs traded field goals before Pittsburgh scored the winning touchdown with 1:48 left.

Injury Report

Roethlisberger is doing what it takes to make it on the field these days, and that should continue despite pectoral and shoulder injuries. B.J. Finney left the Baltimore game with a back injury. The center is questionable to play. Joe Haden is also questionable. The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback has missed the last two games (foot). The short week will make it tougher for either player to return. Wide receiver Chase Claypool (leg) and linebacker Robert Spillane (knee) are also question marks.

Minnesota Vikings

Next game: at Chicago Bears

Last Game

Minnesota was never covering as a seven-point favorite against Detroit. The Vikings’ moneyline backers in the Las Vegas odds were also crushed when the Lions won 29-27 by scoring a touchdown on the final play. The total of 47½ provided drama until Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins with 1:50 remaining to trigger a celebration among over players.

Injury Report

Wide receiver Adam Thielen left the Detroit game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. He is doubtful to play against Pittsburgh. Depth wide receiver Bisi Johnson missed last week’s contest (COVID-19 list). Two-time Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook is likely to miss at least one more game as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

Betting on the Game

The winner takes a big step toward staying in the postseason hunt while the loser could be forced to win out to make the playoffs. The line opened at 3½ with some Pittsburgh support knocking it down one-half point. It may ultimately drop a bit more seeing as the Steelers gutted out a victory over the favored Ravens last week while the Vikings could not defeat the winless Lions. This will be among the toughest decisions to make in the Week 14 NFL predictions.

Pittsburgh has split its last six games against the spread and in the total while going 3-2-1 straight-up. Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost two straight – as a favorite and an underdog – while the over has hit in its last three. The Vikings have lost six straight ATS as a home favorite. Minnesota has allowed an average of 25 points this season – eighth-highest in the NFL.

Pittsburgh has scored 26 per game in its last five non-AFC North contests. A prop bet consideration would be to play Pittsburgh at +320 to reach 25 points first or +500 to reach 30 first. This game could come down to the quarterbacks with Roethlisberger winning more than his share of these coin-flip games.

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