Coming off of a big Monday Night Football comeback victory over the favoured Ravens, the Las Vegas Raiders will take to the road in Week 2 as they look to continue their dominance over the AFC North.
This week standing in their way will be Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers, who secured a surprise victory themselves in Week 1. Pittsburgh’s defense stifled the Bills for all four quarters, and some timely scoring helped them escape Orchard Park with a perfect start. Heading home to take on the Raiders off a short week is another good chance for a victory.
While Pittsburgh’s offense didn’t click as well as their defense, there are simply too many weapons in black and yellow to keep this group down for long. The Raiders’ stop unit was exposed and enters Week 2 with glaring holes. It’ll be up to veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger to try and exploit them.
Vegas’ offensive line continued to be porous in Week 1, and without Richie Incognito still against Pittsburgh – that’s a big matchup disadvantage. Injuries and absences along their offensive line have quickly made this unit wildly inexperienced. And while there’s a lot of good vibes within Jon Gruden’s Raiders camp after a comeback Week 1 victory, a tough visit to Heinz Field might give them an early season dose of reality. Keep on reading beneath the live odds and betting data for further team news and betting analysis for Vegas vs. Pittsburgh here in Week 2.
Career NFL starts for #Raiders projected offensive line on Sunday vs Steelers:
LT Kolton Miller 47
LG John Simpson 3
C Andre James 2
RG Jermaine Eluemunor 11
RT Alex Leatherwood 1
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 17, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Points Per Game||33.0||23.0|
|Points Against Per Game||27.0||16.0|
|Passing Yards Per Game||409.0||177.0|
|Rushing Yards Per Game||189.0||117.0|
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction:
Though Pittsburgh didn’t exactly show that much offensive prowess in Week 1 vs. the Bills, some timely scoring and veteran ability from Ben Roethlisberger put them in the driver’s seat during the late stages.
This week the points should come a little easier against a Vegas group devoid of much of a pass rush. That should allow Roethlisberer more time and space in the pocket to operate, and with a shoddy linebacking corps and a porous secondary, it’s going to create ample opportunity for Najee Harris on the ground, and Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool through the air. Expect the Steelers to badly exploit their matchup advantages when they possess the football.
For Vegas’ offense, it’s hard to see this offensive line holding up against an intense Steelers’ front seven. Already banged up and devoid of key starters, Derek Carr will be under immense pressure from the opening snap. Look for Pittsburgh’s TJ Watt and Melvin Ingram to win battles at the line of scrimmage, and harass Carr from the pocket.
This is a tough spot for the Raiders, coming off of a short week in a very emotional spot, travelling across the country, to take on a solid Steelers squad. They’ll be without Josh Jacobs at running back, and Yannick Ngakoue seems unlikely to suit up either. The Raiders are going to struggle to keep Pittsburgh’s pass rush contained, and the skill disparity with the Steelers’ offense should overwhelm the Vegas stop unit.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 14, 2021
Raiders vs. Steelers Trends To Know:
- Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Raiders are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up win.
- Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
- Steelers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on grass.
- Over is 6-0 in Raiders last 6 games in September.
- Over is 4-1 in Steelers last 5 games overall.
- Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Expect the veteran presence of Pittsburgh to take over and easily take care of business against an overmatched Raiders squad in a tough travel spot. With the rash of injuries and Gruden’s past issues ATS when travelling with teams, expect the Steelers to get their offense firing against a porous Vegas defense. Expect some big plays through the air, and a breakout game from Najee Harris to seal a comfortable victory. Lay the points with Pittsburgh in Week 2.