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Coming off a huge win over the Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers are quickly back action on Thursday Night Football. They’ll head to Minnesota to take on a Vikings team that just gift-wrapped the Lions their first victory of the season. Steelers vs. Vikings on Thursday Night Football: Live stream, start time, TV, how to watch

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Though they had very different outcomes last Sunday, both teams need a Week 14 win badly. At 6-5-1, the Steelers are currently on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture, and the 5-7 Vikings are fighting to stay alive in the NFC.

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How to watch Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (Week 14 | Thursday Night Football)

What time does the game start? Where can I watch it on TV? – Thursday night’s game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. EST for viewers in the U.S and will air on TV via NFL Network and FOX.

Live steam options: NFL Network | FOX Sports | Amazon Prime Video | Sling | fuboTV – Viewers who have cable can use login credentials from their TV provider to watch via NFL Network and the FOX Sports app. Fans who don’t have cable can also watch the game with a la carte streaming options such as Sling or fuboTV, which has a free seven-day trial. The game will also be streaming via Amazon Prime Video.

Keith Butler doesn’t have time to keep all the unfamiliar faces straight in the middle of the season, so he doesn’t even really try.

At least initially.

It’s why the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator offers the same bit of advice to any fresh-faced newbie the first time they sit down at one of Butler’s meetings. See Cam Heyward? See T.J. Watt? Follow them.

“I just tell all the defensive lineman, ‘watch (Heyward),’” Butler said Tuesday. “Do what he does and you’ll be around for a while. If you don’t, you won’t.”

It’s a lesson Butler has imparted frequently during his team’s wildly uneven season. A series of injuries to high-profile veterans — from Watt to linemen Tyson Alualu and Stephon Tuitt to cornerback Joe Haden — has forced the Steelers (6-5-1) to scour opposing rosters in search of help.

Taco Charlton, Derrek Tuszka, Montravius Adams and Ahkello Witherspoon. All of them were elsewhere when September began. Heck, Adams was in Seattle for Thanksgiving. All of them were on the field during crucial moments of Sunday’s 20-19 high-wire escape against Baltimore.

Charlton and fellow linebacker Tuszka, both signed in September, combined for three tackles while helping keep Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson relatively in check. Adams, plucked off the Seahawks’ practice squad at the beginning of last week to add some heft to Pittsburgh’s sagging run defense, had two tackles and swatted down a pass in 34 snaps.

“Adams came in and did a good job for us,” Butler said. “It’s very interesting that he did. He helped us and we think he’ll continue to help us.”

The Steelers needed the jolt. After getting gashed for a month while allowing 180.5 yards per game on the ground, Pittsburgh limited the Ravens to just 107 yards with the 6-foot-3, 304-pound Adams clogging up the middle for large chunks of the game.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin joked when you play nose tackle, there’s really not much to learn. Just figure out which gap you’re supposed to occupy and then go do it. Only there’s a bit more to it than that, and Butler and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar did what they could to speed up Adams’ crash course in a completely foreign system.

“We tried to simplify and not have a whole lot of different things we want to run and try to stay away from a lot of checks and stuff like that,” Butler said. “Sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you have to do that. So we’ve been fortunate that our guys can pick it up and our coaches teach it. It takes a while sometimes.”

Like Witherspoon.

Acquired from Seattle on the eve of the regular season to help out a secondary in need of depth, Witherspoon played all of four snaps during the first half of the year. Pittsburgh traded for Witherspoon because there aren’t too many 6-foot-2 cornerbacks running around. Yet there was a certain something lacking in his approach.

“He probably hadn’t been urgent enough as he should be,” Butler said. “And he’s starting to get that now. You’ve got to be able to play with a sense of urgency when you’re playing corner in this league because guys can run by you.”

As difficult as it was being in essence a healthy scratch for weeks on end, Witherspoon understood why.

“In the beginning, with a new defense, I wasn’t as comfortable, I wasn’t as fast,” Witherspoon said. “I know I have to make plays in this league at a high level and a consistent level. You have to have the details of the defense down first and then the rest will follow.”

It appears as if he’s finally caught up. Witherspoon’s playing time has increased each of the past three weeks and he was on the field for 92% of the snaps against the Ravens after James Pierre — who surprisingly claimed a spot in the rotation coming out of training camp — faltered. Witherspoon had five tackles and just missed his first interception since grabbing one last December while playing for San Francisco.

Witherspoon figures to get another start on Thursday night in Minnesota with veteran Joe Haden likely to miss his fourth straight game with a sprained foot.

In a way, Haden’s absence has given Witherspoon a little bit of comfort in knowing that he’s going to probably get a chance to stay out there.

“It kind of puts me back in my comfort zone,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it affected my confidence, but understanding that if I make a mistake it’s time to take note of it and correct it and have that game flow and that’s always something you love as a corner, especially in this league.”

And on the Minnesota side:

After Adam Thielen was injured on Minnesota’s sixth offensive play Sunday, Kirk Cousins naturally focused on his other standout receiver, Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson responded with career highs of 11 catches and 182 yards, but the Vikings wasted that performance in a gut-wrenching 29-27 loss to Detroit.

It’s becoming a trend.

Despite a dynamic and record-filled two seasons in the NFL for Jefferson, the Vikings are again looking at the playoff picture from the outside. Their loss to the Lions dropped them to 5-7 in a crowded NFC race.

“As long as we don’t get the ‘W,’ it doesn’t matter what type of game I have,” Jefferson said. “If I have a career game, record-setting game, it doesn’t matter. If we don’t come out with the ‘W,’ it’s pointless.”

The career day gave Jefferson 2,609 receiving yards through his first 28 games. He surpassed Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (2,497) for the third-most receiving yards in NFL history through two seasons. Only Odell Beckham Jr. (2,755) and Randy Moss (2,726) had more through their first two seasons, and Jefferson has five more games on the 2021 schedule.

Jefferson had the second-most receiving yards by a rookie in NFL history last year, breaking several franchise rookie records previously held by the Hall of Famer Moss. The Vikings still finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs. The defeat in Detroit to the previously winless Lions could prove disastrous for their attempt to make the playoffs this season.

“There’s only so much that I personally can control, so I just always try to do my part, what I can control,” Jefferson said.

After a two-week stretch when he was targeted just nine times with five catches for 90 yards, Jefferson has taken full control. In the past four games, he’s averaged 11 targets, eight catches and 144 yards per game with three touchdowns.

Jefferson is seventh in the league with 78 catches. He’s second in receiving yards with 1,209, behind only the Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp. Jefferson has the most receiving yards of anyone in the NFL over the past two seasons.

“He’s done a great job,” Cousins said. “He plays big. He’s not a big guy, necessarily, but he plays big with long arms and has a big catch radius. He runs so well, he cuts so well, he’s great after the catch running away from people. He’s natural at finding the football. I think our coaches have done a tremendous job of finding ways to get him the ball.”

The Vikings will need Jefferson just as much going forward. Thielen has a significant ankle sprain that will likely keep him out of Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh and possibly longer.

He has not practiced this week. Neither has left tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle), who did not play at Detroit. Running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis, but he’s unlikely to play on Thursday.

Minnesota did activate veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson from the COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday. Linebackers Eric Kendricks (bicep) and Anthony Barr (hamstring/knee) also returned to full participation, putting them on track to play against the Steelers.

When Thielen missed a game last year while on the COVID-19 list, Jefferson had a season-high 13 targets. He finished with seven catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a 28-27 win against Carolina.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Jefferson said. “Defenses focused on me a little bit, but we still had an overall good game. I think like three receivers had seven catches that game, so I mean, if one man’s down, the next man’s up. You can’t really get frustrated over that. You’ve just got to keep playing and make sure everybody’s on the same page.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Minnesota Vikings for Thursday Night Football in NFL Week 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium on Thursday, December 9 (12/9/2021).

The Steelers are 6-5 and 3rd in the AFC North following a 20-19 win over the Ravens on Sunday. That win hasn’t been enough to make them the favorite in the upcoming game. Every game from here on out is a must win in the hotly contested division.

Somebody had to hand the Lions their first win of the season, and the Vikings were the ones to do it in their 29-27 loss to the worst team in the NFL last weekend. Minnesota is now 5-7, but still managing to hold the 2nd place spot in the NFC North.

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