A pivotal matchup between the two teams that failed to beat the Lions graces us on Thursday Night Football. What a matchup! In all seriousness, this game should be fairly competitive as the Vikings look to right the ship and the Steelers come off an important win against the Ravens. Analysis done using SISBets.com. Let’s get into the picks:

1) Kirk Cousins, under 22.5 completions, under -105.

Cousins has been good for the past month, averaging 303 passing yards and over two touchdowns, but he’ll be challenged in this one because he will likely be without his “security blanket” and “red zone specialist” Adam Thielen (high-ankle sprain). The Vikings’ opponent, the Steelers, are only allowing 21.9 completions per game and love to get after the quarterback – leading the league with 37 sacks. SIS analysis has Cousins going 20-for-32 for 243 yards and a fair market value for the under at -199.

2) Ben Roethlisberger, over 22.5 completions, over -115.

Most of the talk last week was about the possible future retirement of Roethlisberger, but he’s not done yet. He no longer has those monster games, but his floor is still high. He’s cracked 200 yards in 10 consecutive games, and using his impressive rookies at tight end (Pat Freiermuth) and running back (Najee Harris) and his skilled wideouts he has averaged 24.5 completions. Our projection suggests he’ll go 25-for-38 for 263 yards.

3) Ray-Ray McCloud, over 12.5 receiving yards -120.

Over his last three games, McCloud has seen 18 targets, showing he’s becoming more involved in the offense. His yards aren’t there yet, but he’s still averaging 27.3 yards over that span. The Vikings’ pass defense has been pretty bad all season, allowing almost 190 yards to opposing wideouts per game. SIS analysis predicts McCloud to see 4.6 targets and catch 3.3 for 33.4 yards. That’s more than double what’s necessary to win the over.


*Odds courtesy of DraftKings


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Pittsburgh at Minnesota

Ben Roethlisberger

Over 257.5 yards -115, under -115

Over 1.5 TD passes -120, under -110

Over 0.5 INTs -125, under -110

Over 22.5 completions -115, under -115

Kirk Cousins

Over 254.5 yards -115, under -115

Over 1.5 TD passes -110, under -120

Over 0.5 INTs +110, under -145

Over 22.5 completions -125, under -105


TD Scorers

Pittsburgh –

Najee Harris, -135

Diontae Johnson, +120

Chase Claypool, +190

Pat Freiermuth, +190

Ray-Ray McCloud, +380

James Washington, +500

Benny Snell, +1300

Ben Roethlisberger, +1600

Minnesota –

Alexander Mattison, -125

Justin Jefferson, -105

K.J. Osborn, +200

Tyler Conklin, +225

Dede Westbrook, +350

Kene Nwangwu, +400

Kirk Cousins +850


Rushing Yards

Pittsburgh –

Najee Harris, over 71.5 yards -115, under -115



Pittsburgh –

Chase Claypool, over 3.5 receptions -150, under +115

Diontae Johnson, over 6.5 receptions -115, under -115

Najee Harris, over 3.5 receptions -130, under -105

Pat Freiermuth, over 3.5 receptions -125, under -105

Minnesota –

Justin Jefferson, over 7.5 receptions +100, under -135

Tyler Conklin, over 3.5 receptions -160, under +120


Receiving Yards

Pittsburgh –

Chase Claypool, over 51.5 receiving yards -115, under -115

Diontae Johnson, over 79.5 receiving yards -115, under -115

Najee Harris, over 26.5 receiving yards -115, under -115

Pat Freiermuth, over 36.5 receiving yards -110, under -120

Ray-Ray McCloud, over 12.5 receiving yards -120, under -110

Minnesota –

Justin Jefferson, over 92.5 receiving yards -115, under -115

Tyler Conklin, over 39.5 receiving yards -115, under -115

K.J. Osborn, over 41.5 receiving yards -125, under -115