Steelers vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Week 14 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 06, 2021

It will be cooler temperatures for the NFL's Thursday nighter this week as the NFC North's Minnesota Vikings play host the AFC North's Pittsburgh Steelers.

AT
December 09, 2021, 8:20 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
8-9
Pointspread +3.5 -107
Moneyline +148
Over / Under o +45

58%

Betting Action

42%

Pointspread -3.5 -113
Moneyline -179
Over / Under u +45

58%

Betting Action

42%

We have interconference action for the Thursday night NFL game in Week 14 as the Pittsburgh Steelers make a rare visit to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota is a 3-point favourite to win on the NFL odds, with a total of 45.0.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

What do the Steelers and Vikings have in common? I’d say two things. First, neither is winning its respective North Division but both could earn wild-card playoff spots. Obviously, Thursday’s loser would be in worse shape.

Second, both teams could have new head coaches in 2022. It’s almost a lock that the Vikings will replace Mike Zimmer if they miss the post-season for a second straight year. Zimmer was nearly fired after a 7-9 record in 2020 and basically given a playoff mandate. The Steelers are the most stable organization maybe in all of the major sports leagues with Mike Tomlin as only the franchise’s third head coach since 1969. More likely than not, Tomlin will be back next season barring the team completely going down the drain the rest of the way or Tomlin himself wanting to step away.

The all-time series between the teams is tied 9-9, which includes Pittsburgh’s 16-6 victory in Super Bowl IX in New Orleans. They last played in 2017 and the Steelers were last in the Twin Cities in 2013, so this will be their first look at the fairly new US Bank Stadium.

The Vikings are 5-4 ATS in the past nine meetings.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh was a home underdog vs. Baltimore on Sunday, the first time the Ravens were ever favoured in Pittsburgh in a game that Ben Roethlisberger started at QB. Apparently, the Ravens shouldn’t have been favourites as they lost 20-19. The Steelers were rather fortunate that Baltimore tried for a two-point conversion and win in the final seconds, but tight end Mark Andrews bobbled a pass (wasn’t a very good one) and it was incomplete. Roethlisberger threw for 236 yards and two scores and didn’t commit a turnover. Diontae Johnson finished with eight catches for 105 yards and two scores. Canadian wideout Chase Claypool had two catches for 52 yards.

Star linebacker TJ Watt was put on the COVID list early last week but was activated from that Saturday and played – with 3.5 sacks. Starting cornerback Joe Haden missed a third straight game with a foot injury. Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its past five following an ATS win.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings nearly lost to the winless Detroit Lions in Week 5 but prevailed on a 54-yard field goal as time expired. On Sunday, the Vikings did lose to the now nearly winless Lions, 29-27, an absolutely crushing and probably fatal blow to Minnesota’s wild-card chances. Detroit scored the winning TD as time expired. Kirk Cousins threw for 340 yards and two scores with red-hot Justin Jefferson catching 11 balls for 182 yards and a TD. With top running back Dalvin Cook out injured (he’s not likely for this week, either), Alexander Mattison rushed for 90 yards and a TD. Two of the Vikings’ top linebackers, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, missed it. Pro Bowl receiver Adam Thielen left with a sprained ankle. The Vikings are 0-6 ATS in their past six as home favourites.

NFL Prediction: Who Will Win Steelers vs. Vikings?

SportsInteraction