Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers News

Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers News

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The Minnesota Vikings (1-0) will try to shut down another explosive offensive team when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) on Sunday as solid road underdogs at the sportsbooks.

The Vikings are coming off an outstanding defensive performance on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, holding them to just one touchdown in a 29-19 victory to cover the spread as three-point home chalk.

          

NFL point spread: The Steelers opened as 4.5-point favorites; the total was 45 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 27.0-16.9 Steelers (NFL picks on every game)

        

Why the Vikings can cover the spread

Minnesota’s defense is as good as any in the league and will get a stiff test here at Pittsburgh. However, the Steelers looked lethargic last week in a 21-18 road win over the Cleveland Browns, as running back Le’Veon Bell got off to a slow start following his holdout and totaled just 47 yards (32 rushing and 15 receiving).

The Vikings held Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram to 35 yards on 12 carries between them, and a similar defensive effort will put more pressure on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

        

Why the Steelers can cover the spread

The Steelers, up to +750 (bet $100 to win $750) on the Super Bowl 52 odds, have a tendency to play to the level of their competition, but they were in control of the Browns throughout that AFC North matchup despite failing to cover the spread as 10-point road favorites. Roethlisberger had a solid 2017 debut, with 263 passing…

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