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Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers HOF Game - 8/9/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) at Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

NFL Football: Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Fawcett Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 -- Over/Under: 35 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The Minnesota Vikings Battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings look like they were coming together offensively last season with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater taking over under center and the team is hoping for even more from their offense then just handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson. Of course that didn’t look like it would happen given the offseason controversy surrounding the star running back but he is back along with the addition of Mike Wallace to give the attack more consistent punch. The defense has talent and youth and the season has the potential to be a good one for the organization. As for this game I expect to see Shaun Hill under center before he gives way to Taylor Heinicke or Mike Kafka.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers HOF Game - 8/9/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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You are probably living under a rock if you are not aware of the Pittsburgh Steelers getting some younger bodies on the defensive side of the football but most fans are concerned with the health of Ben Roethlisberger who seemed to be hit on every play in season’s past. That won’t be a problem here as the Steelers obviously don’t want their star signal caller even stubbing his toe in this one especially with back up Bruce Gradkowski already out. Just like the Vikings we will see guys trying to make the team as the third stringer so Tajh Boyd and Landry Jones will be seeing the majority of the playing time and throwing to or handing off to guys who are fringe players looking to make the roster.

The under is 3-0-1 in Steelers last 4 games overall while the Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and  are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.

I don’t think trends are something to put a whole lot of faith in when talking about the first preseason game of the year because we don’t have a clue of who is playing and for how long as teams want to exit these games healthy. I’m leaning Vikings here who have played competitively in the preseason before and hopefully do so here…

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Minnesota -2.5

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