You may not like the matchup on Thursday Night Football, but at least we’re going to get some football that resembles the game in the new century. The Monday Night Football game in Orchard Park was a blustery matchup in the snow that sent the game back to the 1930’s.
Was it the worst thing to watch, though? For most of you, yes, but I like old school, smash mouth football. The fact that Mac Jones only had three passing attempts had to excite Bill Belichick as well.
— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2021
Ask a question about military academy football and he’ll give you a long winded answer. For a guy that doesn’t like to talk much, Belichick will go on about the history of military football. Anyway, we are not going to see the same in Minnesota tonight.
The Vikings might go to Alexander Mattison often, but we’re going to see Kirk Cousins put the ball in the air. They will likely lean on Mattison against a paper thin rush defense from the Steelers. Cousins needs a big game after the Vikings came up short to give the Lions their first win last week.
Pittsburgh edged the Ravens out by a score of 20-19 for a big win. This is another important game for the Steelers and Vikings. The Steelers and Vikings are in the playoff mix, but need to finish strong. A win or loss in this one could be the difference. Head below for our best Steelers vs. Vikings prop bets on December 9, 2021.
Pat Freiermuth Total Receptions
Playing these off the grid prop bets can often be the best bets on the board. For defenses playing the Steelers, Frieremuth shouldn’t be a tight end to ignore, though. He’s a good rookie that can only get better from here.
The Nittany Lion has collected 6 touchdowns to go along with 353 yards and 43 receptions through 12 games. Ben Roethlisberger has looked to Frieiremuth often this season. He’s been targeted 57 times with 43 catches.
In his last seven games, he’s been targeted at least 4 times in every game for an average of 6.3 targets per game. He’s had an average of 4.6 receptions during that seven-game stretch. In six of his last seven outings, Frieiremuth has made at least 4 receptions.
The Vikings haven’t been the best against the pass, so expect the Steelers to keep the ball in the air throughout Thursday night. Freiermuth should be on the receiving end of at least 4 receptions in this one.
Chase Claypool Total Receiving Yards
As I just noted, the Steelers are going to attack the Vikings through the air in this one. Whether the Vikings tighten up in the secondary remains to be seen, but they are going to have to take their chances. The Vikings should be able to move the ball and score points.
Chase Claypool hasn’t been as effective as in his rookie campaign, but still a viable target, especially in intermediate and deep routes.
Claypool has recorded 660 yards and a touchdown this season. He was a touchdown magnet last year with 9 scores. That hasn’t been the case this year.
That said, the 23-year-old hasn’t been bad, and he’s coming off three decent games. Claypool had 5 receptions and 93 yards against the Chargers, and then followed up with 3 receptions and 82 yards against the Bengals.
In most recent outing, he needed just 2 receptions to record 52 yards against the Ravens. This prop is a case of it just appearing too low. Give me Claypool to finish with at least another 52 yards on Thursday night.
T.J. Watt Total Tackles+Assists
It’s never a bad thing to look at a T.J. Watt production prop. With Watt you know that you’re going to get a full game out of him.
He is going to go all out and leave everything on the field. That’s all you can ask from a bet. Watt is also probably a good bet to back that effort up with good numbers.
Watt is going into Thursday night with 47 combined tackles and a whopping 16 sacks. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get DPOY honors.
I give his teammate, Cameron Heyward, a nomination for DPOY as well. I know where my vote would be going if I had the opportunity, though.
He is coming off a monster showing against the Ravens with 6 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks. The Ravens didn’t have an answer for Watt.
In five of his last six games, Watt has made at least 5 combined solo tackles and assists. It’s hard to argue that he isn’t going to do something similar in Minnesota tonight.