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Expert Picks: Do Experts Predict A Road Team Win at Heinz Field?

Posted Sep 14, 2017

The Vikings (1-0) will head to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (1-0) in Week 2.

After an impressive 29-19 home victory against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium Minnesota will try to stay undefeated with a road win.

Let’s see who the experts pick to win Sunday’s matchup.


Fantastic matchup, that like Eagles-Chiefs, that won't get its due. This is also a rematch of Super Bowl IX, one of the most boring Super Sundays ever. It was played at Tulane Stadium. Home of the Green Wave. Home to absolutely zero offense -- other than Pittsburgh's running game -- on that January day back in '75. Will the Steelers be able to run 42 years later? Le'Veon Bell did nada last week. Utilizing him will keep Minnesota's formidable pass rush off Ben Roethlisberger. On the other side, can T.J. Watt bring the same motor he ran in Cleveland? Holy cow. If so, expect Sam Bradford to return to his days of dink and dunk 'til you drop. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen can beat the Steelers' secondary if Bradford plays with the same focus on the road, and receives ample time to focus. #MINvsPIT

Steelers 24, Vikings 20 — Elliot Harrison, NFL.com


The Pittsburgh Steelers defense was more impressive than the offense last week against the Cleveland Browns. That could be a problem because this is a Minnesota Vikings defense that matches up pretty well against the Steelers. There is plenty of talent in the secondary to at least limit Ben Roethlisberger and the weapons at his disposal, and I don't think Le'Veon Bell is quite back to full speed.

What we saw Monday night from the Vikings offense was encouraging. This is a unit that should be considerably better than it was last year — and it should be able to challenge the Pittsburgh defense.

Still, this is the Steelers at Heinz Field in their home opener. The Vikings are coming off a win, but they're also coming off a short week. The situation and the setting might just be too much for the Vikings to overcome.

Steelers 27, Vikings 23 — Chris Simms, Bleacher Report


The Vikings are playing on a short week and have to travel. That's a tough combination, and it's even more so since this is Pittsburgh's home opener. The Vikings looked great beating the Saints Monday night, but this is a big step up in competition. Steelers take it.

Steelers 24, Vikings 17 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports


These looked like two of the better teams in the league last week. I don’t think Sam Bradford is going to be able to do against the Steelers’ defense what he did against the Saints’ defense, and so I’m picking Pittsburgh.

Steelers 23, Vikings 20 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk


The Vikings haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 1995. They’ve only played there twice since then, however. This year, perhaps they’re better than many expected. That still may not be good enough to take down a potential Super Bowl contender in their own stadium.

Steelers 23, Vikings 20— Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk


FiveThirtyEight’s 2015 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. Playoff probabilities are based on 20,000 simulations of the season and will update after each game.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 29 percent FiveThirtyEight.com


6 of 9 experts pick the Steelers, SB Nation

9 of 9 experts pick the Steelers, CBS Sports

5 of 5 experts pick the Steelers, USA TODAY

9 of 10 experts pick the Steelers, ESPN