Week 14 in the NFL is loaded with divisional matchups and also features several cross-division games that have critical implications in the NFL Playoff race. This article will cover the Steelers at the Vikings, the Bills at the Buccaneers, the 49ers at the Bengals, and the Lions at the Broncos, while Part Two of The Professor’s NFL Games of the Week will focus on divisional matchups including the Rams at the Cardinals, the Raiders at the Chiefs, the Cowboys at the Football Team, and the Ravens at the Browns. All spreads and totals are provided by DraftKings.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (MIN -3, Total 43.5)
The Vikings and Steelers both broke with their expected narratives in Week 13 of the NFL season, with the Vikings dropping a game to the previously winless Lions and the Steelers hanging on for a win against the Ravens in games that were both decided on the final snap.
Minnesota is particularly hampered by the short turnaround before the NFL’s Thursday Night Football matchup, as running back Dalvin Cook and receiver Adam Thielen are dealing with injuries that could prevent them from playing in the short week. It is a frustrating situation for a Minnesota team that has played toe-to-toe with some of the NFL’s best teams but sits at 5-7 because of week-to-week inconsistencies.