Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-17-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Jason Green
Minnesota Vikings (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS, 0-1 O/U) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET
The Line: Steelers -7
The Vikings got off to a good start to the season winning their first game where they played well on both sides of the ball. Sam Bradford had a great game and rookie RB Dalvin Cook set a rookie debut record for the squad rushing for 127 yards.
While the Steelers won their opening game of the season they were not that impressive only beating the Cleveland Browns by three points. The offense failed to go over 300 total yards, but the defense played pretty well, which they will have to do in this game against a Vikings’ offense that was impressive in their season opener.
These teams have not met since the 2013 season where the Vikings beat the Steelers 34-27 in Minnesota.
Offense clicks in win
Last season the Vikings did not have a good offense and ranked dead last in the league in rushing yards per game, but in their 29-19 season opening win over the Saints their offense clicked. They racked up 470 yards in the game and they did not turn the ball over with a solid balance of the pass and run game. Sam Bradford was very impressive going 27 for 32 for 346 yards with three TD and no picks. Adam Thielen had 157 receiving yards and Stefon Diggs had 93 receiving yards and two TD. Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards averaging 5.8 yards per carry and he could not have had a better debut. The Minnesota defense kept Drew Brees and company out of the end zone until the mid 4th quarter and they held New Orleans to only 60 rushing yards.
Good thing the D showed up
The Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 21-18 in their season opener where their offense was not impressive, especially the run game, but the D played well. They held Cleveland to only 237 yards and 57 rushing yards. Ben Roethlisberger had a pretty good game going 24 for 36 for 262 yards with two TD and one INT and Antonio Brown was his top WR, by far, with 182 yards star RB Le’Veon Bell was a little rusty after missing camp and the preseason and he only rushed for 32 yards averaging only 3.2 yards per carry and only had three catches for 15 yards. Pittsburgh had seven sacks in the game and they will face a Minnesota offensive line that had major issues last season, but only gave up one sack in the win over the Saints.
The Minnesota Vikings are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
The Pittsburgh Steelers are:
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 2
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September
- 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall
The Vikings did look good in their season opener, but that was facing a less than stellar defense in the Saints and they were at home. In Pittsburgh facing a much better defense Minnesota will fare as well. Big Ben will have a good game, Bell will rebound and play well, and the Steelers defense will torment Bradford all game. Take the Steelers to easily win this game and cover the spread.
PICK: Steelers -7
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