Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers Predictions

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Las Vegas Raiders

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Pittsburgh Steelers
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LV Raiders Win +5.5

Las Vegas and Pittsburgh upset the odds in Week 1 to make a winning start to the new season and a close battle is expected when the teams face off at Heinz Field. The Steelers had to lean heavily on their defense to get the job done in Buffalo and they did a remarkable job shutting down what was one of the most explosive offenses in football last year. TJ Watt marked becoming the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL by registering 2 sacks and a forced fumble as he led by example in a 23-16 win over the Bills. It was a good thing Watt and company were on top of their game as far as Pittsburgh was concerned as they really struggled to get going on offense. Ben Roethlisberger managed 188 passing yards behind the Steelers’ new-look offensive line, while the rushing game didn’t fare much better as they made 75 yards on the ground.

Pittsburgh’s lack of offensive production was in stark contrast to Las Vegas, which put up a league-best 491 yards of total offense in Monday’s wild 33-27 OT win over the Baltimore Ravens. It’s easy to overreact to what we saw in Week 1 but the Raiders’ offense looked impressive in the second half of that win with Derek Carr well protected from a dangerous Ravens defense. The Raiders got cooking on the other side of the ball too, finishing the game with 7 quarterback hits, 4 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. Those will be concerning statistics to Pittsburgh’s offensive linemen. Las Vegas was one of the better road teams in the league last year, going 6-2 away from home and they have a tendency to cause the Steelers problems. The Raiders have covered in the last 4 meetings between the teams and could do so again if they can match Monday’s performance level.

Raiders +5.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Pittsburgh Steelers
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Under 47.0

Pittsburgh’s offense improved after half-time against Buffalo but overall it was an underwhelming performance, ranking 26th in offensive DVOA. The Steelers will hope these are just some early teething problems in Matt Canada’s new-look offense but Roethlisberger’s struggles last season suggest there are some underlying issues. Those issues won’t be resolved in a week so don’t expect the Steelers to blow the doors off Las Vegas. The Steelers defense should do a better job exposing a questionable Raiders offensive line than Baltimore did and they may find it very difficult to match their Week 1 output.

The over is usually the go-to play when looking at games involving the Raiders, particularly in September, while the teams shared 73 points the last time they met at Heinz Field. However, it should pay to take a cautious approach to this game based on the potentially mixed bag we could see on offense.

Under 47 available at time of publishing. Playable to under 46.5.

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