Raiders open as underdog vs Steelers
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Oakland Raiders|
After an 0-4 start the Pittsburgh Steelers have won consecutive games.
The offense isn't doing a whole lot yet, scoring 19 points in both their victories, but the defense has allowed one touchdown in eight quarters since the team returned from London.
The Steelers will try to make it three wins in a row when they visit to Oakland to take on the 2-4 Raiders Sunday afternoon in the renewal of a classic AFC rivalry from the 1970s (4:05 pm ET, CBS).
Oakland had last week off, after losing at Kansas City two weeks ago. But the Raiders have found some financial success with Terrelle Pryor at quarterback, going 3-1-1 ATS in the five games he's started.
These teams also met last year at the O.co Coliseum, the Raiders rallying for a 34-31 win as three-point home dogs. As of early this week Pittsburgh was once again favored by a field goal over Oakland.
The Raiders sit at 2-4 (4-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Steelers are currently 2-4 (2-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oakland is 1-5 OU, and Pittsburgh is 2-4 OU.
The Raiders - Steelers odds would favor the Steelers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Oakland is rated No. 21 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Steelers sit at No. 17. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 16-14 win for the Raiders.
The Steelers were a 19-16 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Ravens. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (35) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Raiders suffered a Week 6 loss against Kansas City in their last game, falling 24-7 at Arrowhead Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 17.5 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 15 this week at 22 PPG. The Raiders aerial game is averaging 191.67 yards per game, less than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 197.5 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Steelers own the league's No. 22-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 118.33 yards per game when on the road. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 5 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Steelers at Raiders trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 3-10-1 SU in its last 14 games
Pittsburgh is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
Oakland is 3-12-1 SU in its last 16 games
Oakland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home
Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
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