Steelers vs Vikings: NFL Thursday Night Football Week 14 Picks

  • Date & Location: Thursday, December 9 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Game Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon

Week 13 of the NFL Thursday Night Football schedule saw the Dallas Cowboys defeat the New Orleans Saints. The win moved the Cowboys, who are the No. 1 team in the NFC East, to 8-4 and dropped the Saints, who are in a three-way tie with Carolina and Atlanta behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South, to 5-7.

In Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers head to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh (6-5-1) is coming off a Sunday night win over the Baltimore Ravens. Minnesota (5-7) is on a two-game losing skid after the team dropped a 29-27 game to the Detroit Lions in their most recent outing.

Before we review the odds, preview the matchup and make our pick for the Steelers vs. Vikings, here’s where you can find the top betting sites for NFL football in 2021 and the latest Super Bowl betting tips and odds.

Steelers vs Vikings Odd

BetOnlineSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Pittsburgh Steelers+3 (+101)+150Ov 45 (-105)
Minnesota Vikings-3 (-121)-170Un 45 (-115)

Steelers vs Vikings

The outlook for this game changed on Sunday after the Steelers came out and defeated the favored Ravens and the favored Vikings lost to the previously winless Detroit Lions. With the way these two teams played on Sunday, the Steelers will get a few more looks than they would have before Week 13 came to a close. The Minnesota loss has put a lot of pressure on the team’s head coach, Mike Zimmer.

The Vikings defense and coaching failed in a big way on Sunday. Minnesota had a 27-23 lead with 1:50 left in the game. The club then allowed the Lions to go 75-yard down the field to win the game. The Vikings blitzed only once during that 14-play drive. No team has allowed more points in the final two minutes of a half this season than the Vikings have at 101. If the Vikings allow six more points at the end of a half this season, the team will tie its own record of 107 points allowed, which it set in 2020.

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The Vikings failing defense will be a concern against the Steelers. Pittsburgh was down 10-3 heading into the fourth quarter against Baltimore and turned that deficit into a 20-19 win. If Pittsburgh can come out of the gate against the Vikings the way the team closed out the game against Baltimore, they have a good chance to get the victory on Thursday night.

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Pick Minnesota to win. The Vikings defense was bad on Sunday, but I don’t expect the Vikings D to play as poorly against the Steelers. I think the team approaches this game with renewed vigor. Expect the Vikings to see the Detroit loss as if the effort was the club’s “rock bottom” moment.

Pick the Under. Pittsburgh has gone under in nine of their 12 most recent games in December and the Vikings have gone under in four of their past five home games.

Steelers vs VikingsUNDER 45 POINTS
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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.