The Minnesota Vikings will be trying to start the season 2-0 for the second consecutive year as they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in what is expected to be one of the best matchups of the week. It also gives the Vikings a chance to see how they stack up against one of the best teams in the NFL.
The game will be played at Heinz Field and is scheduled to begin at 1 PM. ET.
Vikings vs Steelers Odds
Here are the odds for this game from Bovada.lv, our top rated betting site for US residents:
- Minnesota +6
- Pittsburgh -6
- Over/Under 45.5
- Minnesota +185
- Pittsburgh -225
Minnesota Vikings Analysis….
The Vikings opened the season with a big win against former franchise star Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints.
Coming into the season, the Vikings were projected to finish second or third in the NFC North after suffering a late season collapse that cost them a chance to make the playoffs last season.
On Monday, the Vikings showed that they are capable of winning the division as long as their defense is playing well and their offense puts a few points on the board.
Rookie running back Dalvin Cook, who was drafted to replace Peterson, showed he is more than capable of filling Peterson’s shoes and finished with the most yards for a rookie debut in Vikings history.
With Cook providing a reliable running game, quarterback Sam Bradford was able to pick the Saints defense apart, and finished with one of the best performances of his career.
Since the Saints aren’t considered world beaters, it will be interesting to see how he performs against a good defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis…
The Steelers did enough to get past the hapless Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but the win wasn’t very impressive.
Their defense did a good job harassing rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer, but the offense looked out of synch for most of the first half, and didn’t start playing well until the second half of the game.
Running back LeVeon Bell, who missed all offseason workouts because he was holding out for a new contract, didn’t look to be in football shape as he finished with 32 yards on 10 carries.
After the game, the Steelers said they weren’t worried about Bell and expect him to improve as the season wears on.
Antonio Brown picked up where he left off last season and finished the game with 182 receiving yards.
While the Steelers did enough to get the win in Cleveland, they will need to be better on both sides of the ball if they want to defeat the Vikings on Sunday.
The Vikings are a very dangerous team, but the Steelers are capable of putting up a lot of points against anyone, especially at home, so I’m taking the Steelers to cover the spread.
Play: Steelers -6 @ Bovada.lv