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Steelers at Vikings Betting Preview

Published on 12/10/2021
By Scott Gramling
Pittsburgh wide receiver Diontae Johnson
Pittsburgh wide receiver Diontae Johnson had 105 yards and 2 TDs last game.
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
12/09 8:20 PM ET
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ML
Score
101PITPIT
45
140
28
102MINMIN
-3.5
-160
36

Three things you should know before betting on Steelers-Vikings:

1. This marks the first time the Vikings have played on a Thursday night since Oct. 24, 2019, when Minnesota beat Washington, 19-9, but failed to cover the spread as a 16.5-point home favorite. The Vikings have been favored by more than 3 points 10 times since then — if you include the aforementioned Washington game, Minnesota is 0-11 against the spread over its past 11 games as a favorite of more than 3 points. That includes an 0-6 record, both straight-up and against the spread, as a single-digit favorite of more than 3 points. The Vikings have been outscored by an average margin of 7 points over those six games.

2. The Steelers enter Week 14 as one of 11 NFL teams that’s allowing an average of more than 360 total yards per game. The Vikings, however, are just 1-9 against the spread since the start of the 2019 when hosting an opponent that’s allowing an average of 350 or more yards per game. Minnesota scored an average of only 22.4 points over those 10 games against below-average NFL defenses. That record includes a 0-6 against-the-spread mark vs. visiting opponents that allow an average of at least 6 yards per play, with the Vikings having scored an average of only 19.2 points over those six games.

3. Pittsburgh has been solid as a road underdog in recent seasons, going 10-9 straight-up and 14-5 against the spread when getting points away from home over the past six calendar years. Minnesota is one of three NFL teams, along with Dallas and Las Vegas, that has been penalized for an average of more than 65 yards per game this season. In nine games the Steelers have played since the start of the 2019 season against opponents that are being penalized for an average of 60 or more yards per game, all but one have gone Under the total.

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