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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 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).
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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