As Minnesota and Pittsburgh face off on Thursday, the end could be near for major figures in each respective franchise. For the Vikings, there’s talk that coach Mike Zimmer may be on the hot seat after the way his team gifted Detroit its first win of the season.
For the Steelers, there’s been conjecture about just how much longer Ben Roethlisberger has and whether he’ll continue playing for the team beyond this year. Though, Roethlisberger has deflected those claims in recent days.
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In Zimmer’s case, the Vikings gave up a walkoff touchdown to the Lions as time expired, thanks in large part to blown coverage, which got Zimmer chided as he’s been known as a defensive coach during his time in the NFL.
Both teams are currently on the outside looking in for the playoff hunt as well. At 6-5-1, the Steelers sit in eighth place, behind the 7-5 Bills, who are coming off a 14-10 loss to New England. Minnesota is further back, sitting in ninth place in the NFC at 5-7.
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The Vikings’ task is even tougher as they’ll be without two of their top skill position players in wide receiver Adam Thielen and running back Dalvin Cook. Pittsburgh meanwhile, will be missing standout defensive back Joe Haden.
With the season nearing its end and the playoff race tightening, both teams are in must-win mode.
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Steelers vs. Vikings score
Steelers vs. Vikings live updates, highlights from Thursday Night Football
Halftime: Minnesota 23, Pittsburgh 0
9:50 p.m.: THe half draws to a close with MInnesota out to a resounding 23-0 lead a week after losing to the previously winless Lions.
9:45 p.m.: Pittsburgh’s offensive woes continue. Roethlisberger is sacked for the fourth time. Now fourth-and-20 and the Steelers punt it away with 1:42 left in the first half.
9:37 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Dalvin Cook takes it outside for 7 yards and a score, his second of the night. 2:20 left in the second quarter as Cook is averaging over 10 yards per carry. Minnesota 23, Pittsburgh 0.
9:34 p.m.: Pittsburgh takes a timeout, its second of the half. Third-and-10 for the Vikings from the Pittsburgh 28 and Cousins hits KJ Osborn in stride in the middle of the field for 13 yards. Prime red zone scoring opportunity for Minnesota.
9:30 p.m.: Kirk Cousins keeps it on fourth-and-1 on the QB sneak and Minnesota converts. Vikings now across midfield.
9:29 p.m.: Cook takes this one for 9 yards on second-and-10. Makes it third-and-1 for the Vikings from their own 49 but Cousins’ pass to Jefferson falls incomplete.
9:25 p.m.: Roethlisberger is sacked again, this time on third down. Steelers punt it away and Minnesota looks to continue its hot offensive night.
9:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. It’s the Dalvin Cook show as he rips off a 29-yard touchdown run. Minnesota 16, Pittsburgh 0 with 9:55 left in the first half.
9:15 p.m.: Another double digit run for Cook. This one goes for 15 and Minnesota’s across midfield to the Pittsburgh 41.
9:11 p.m.: The Steelers’ offense stalls again and goes three-and-out as MInnesota takes over at its own 22 following the punt.
9:05 p.m.: FIELD GOAL VIKINGS. The Vikings’ first drive of the second quarter results in points as Greg Joseph hits a 38-yarder. Minnesota 9, Pittsburgh 0 with 14:43 left in the first half.
End quarter 1: Vikings 6, Steelers 0
9:01 p.m.: Dalvin Cook with yet another big run. This one for 16 yards to end the first quarter. He’s up to 73 yards already on just five carries.
8:59 p.m.: DeDe Westbrook returns the punt 17 yards to the Minnesota 43. Good starting field position for the Vikings.
8:58 p.m.: The fumble is overturned. Ruled third-and-1 now for the Steelers but Najee Harris is met quickly in the backfield to force a punt.
8:54 p.m.: FUMBLE STEELERS. Harrison Smith comes and knocks the ball out Diontae Johnson’s hands as he tries to stretch for a first down. Currently under review.
8:49 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Kirk Cousins hits a wide open Justin Jefferson striding through the back of the end zone for 14 yards. First score of the game for either team. Minnesota 6, Pittsburgh 0 following the missed extra point.
8:48 p.m.: Alexander Mattison comes in to spell Cook and immediately takes it 14 yards for an easy first down and to put the Vikings inside the red zone for the first time.
8:46 p.m.: Cook peels off another massive run, this one for 30 yards. Minnesota now in great field position at the Pittsburgh 31.
8:42 p.m.: The pass on third-and-18, it goes for 7 and makes it fourth-and-11. Chris Boswell comes on the 49-yard attempt, which also sails wide left.
8:38 p.m.: Pittsburgh calls a timeout, its first of the half. Steelers have third-and-18 following a sack of Roethlisberger.
8:36 p.m.: On fourth-and-4, Roethlisberger takes it and keeps it himself for the first down. An extra 5 yards tacked on at the end on a defensive holding. Makes it first-and-10 at the Minnesota 34.
8:35 p.m.: Roethlisberger completes it for 15 yards and Pittsburgh goes for it on fourth-and-4 from the Minnesota 39.
8:33 p.m.: The Steelers get driven back 15 yards after an unnecessary roughness call. Now third-and-19 from their own 46.
8:32 p.m.: Najee Harris picks up 3 yards and a first down as the Steelers inch ever closer to midfield.
8:31 p.m.: Pittsburgh’s first play comes from their own 43 and goes for 7 yards and Ben Roethlisberger hits Ray-Ray McCloud.
8:27 p.m.: The field goal unit for Minnesota comes out on fourth-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 35 but they can’t cash in. Greg Joseph’s 53-yard attempt is wide left.
8:25 p.m.: On first-and-10, a hobbled Dalvin Cook takes advantage of a major hole and gains 20 yards on the play to the Pittsburgh 42.
8:22 p.m.: Pittsburgh kicks it away to start and it goes for a touchback. Minnesota’s opening drive begins at its 25.
Steelers vs. Vikings start time
The Steelers vs. Vikings game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. All “Thursday Night Football” games in 2021 are scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.
What channel is Steelers vs. Vikings on tonight?
- TV channel: Fox, NFL Network
- Live stream: Amazon Prime, fuboTV
Both Fox and NFL Network will broadcast the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Steelers and the Vikings. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will broadcast from the booth, while Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink will report from the sidelines.
Additionally, fans can stream the game on Amazon Prime with the same broadcast that’s shown on Fox and NFL Network.
Fans can also stream NFL games with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
Steelers schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|14||Dec. 9||@Vikings||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 19||Titans||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||@Chiefs||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Jan. 3||Browns||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|18||Jan. 9||@Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
Vikings schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|14||Dec. 9||Steelers||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 20||@Bears||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|16||Dec. 26||Rams||1:00 p.m.||Fox|
|17||Jan. 2||@Packers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|18||Jan. 9||Bears||1:00 p.m.||Fox|
‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|1||Sept. 9||Cowboys @ Buccaneers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sept. 16||Giants @ WFT||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|3||Sept. 23||Panthers @ Texans||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|4||Sept. 30||Jaguars @ Bengals||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|5||Oct. 7||Rams @ Seahawks||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|6||Oct. 14||Buccaneers @ Eagles||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|7||Oct. 21||Broncos @ Browns||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|8||Oct. 28||Packers @ Cardinals||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|9||Nov. 4||Jets @ Colts||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|10||Nov. 11||Ravens @ Dolphins||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|11||Nov. 18||Patriots @ Falcons||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|12||Nov. 25||Bills @ Saints||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|13||Dec. 2||Cowboys @ Saints||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|14||Dec. 9||Steelers @ Vikings||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 16||Chiefs @ Chargers||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 23||49ers @ Titans||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|