Vikings host Steelers tonight in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Vikings will look to return to the winning column when they face the Steelers tonight at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in Week 14 of the NFL season.

The Vikings (5-7) just lost 29-27 to the Lions on Sunday in Detroit. The Steelers (6-5-1) beat the Baltimore Ravens 20-19 Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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Injury report

The Vikings will be without the services of wide receiver Adam Theilen (ankle) and offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle) – both “absent” for tonight’s game. Running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder), linebacker Blake Lynch (hip) and safety Camryn Bynum (ankle) are all listed as “questionable.”

For the Steelers, cornerback Joe Haden, linebacker Robert Spillane, offensive lineman BJ Finney and defensive end Isaiah Buggs are all “out” tonight.

Correspondence history

The Vikings and Steelers have faced each other just 18 times in the regular season and playoffs, including their meeting at Super Bowl IX in 1975 (PIT 16, MIN 6). The series is tied at 9-9-0, with the Steelers winning the last game 26-9 in Pittsburgh in 2017.

And this from Vikings.com …

The Vikings have their backs to the wall with five games to go. Just 10 days ago, Minnesota sat down 5-5 and looked ready to push for a playoff spot in the NFC. Since? The Vikings have lost back-to-back road games, including a demoralizing last-second loss on Sunday to the previously winless Lions. Minnesota are now 5-7 and trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.

NFC North Ranking

  1. Green Bay Packers (9-3) vs. Chicago Sunday night
  2. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) against Pittsburgh tonight
  3. Chicago Bear (4-8) in Green Bay Sunday evening
  4. Detroit Lions (1-10-1) in Denver Sunday

Playoff photo

The Vikings are away, currently in 9th place in the NFC, three places behind last place in the Wild Cards. With five games to go, the Vikings are expected to edge out Washington (6-6), San Francisco (6-6) and Philadelphia (6-7) to advance to the playoffs. The Panthers, Falcons and Saints are all on the heels of the Vikings with 5-7 records to them.

The Steelers occupy a similar position within the AFC, currently sitting in eighth place, having to overcome Cincinnati (7-5) and Buffalo (7-5) to advance to the playoffs as a Wild Card team.

The chances

Vikings are 3 favorite points against the Steelers tonight.

Diffusion

The match is scheduled to kick off at 7.20pm CT. (TV: FOX, RADIO: 1240 AM and 95.3 FM WJON.)

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