Raiders vs Steelers Picks & Week 2 NFL Betting Preview
Both the Raiders and the Steelers are coming off impressive Week 1 games where both teams were heavy underdogs entering the week. They also both trailed by double-digits early in their contests but found a way to come back and emerge victorious.
This should be a fascinating battle in Week 2 between two teams that want to make the playoffs in 2021. But can the offensive lines hold up for either squad? That seems to be the biggest question surrounding both the Raiders and the Steelers this year.
Here is everything you need to know about this matchup from an NFL betting perspective.
Raiders vs. Steelers Key Matchups
Raiders RT Alex Leatherwood vs. Steelers LB T.J. Watt: Leatherwood struggled in his first start and will face arguably the best Edge rusher in the NFL in Week 2. The Raiders will need to help him in order to have any success on offense.
Raiders TE Darren Waller vs. Steelers FS Minkah Fitzpatrick: Waller saw 19 targets in Week 1, so expect the Steelers to throw double teams at him all day.
Steelers RT Chukwuma Okorafor vs. Raiders DE Maxx Crosby: Crosby won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 10 pressures and two sacks in Week 1. Can he repeat that performance in Week 2 and pressure Ben Roethlisberger?
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5 Key Raiders vs. Steelers Stats
1-5: The Steelers are 1-5 ATS against AFC West opponents in their last six games.
7-1: The Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings against the Steelers.
5-1: The Raiders are 5-1 in their last six road games.
5-1: The Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games in September.
6: The Over has hit in six straight games for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Raiders vs. Steelers Moneyline
Las Vegas Raiders
I really wanted to pick the Raiders in this spot, but after their overtime win in Week 1, this is a tough one for them. The Raiders were already playing on a short week and now have to travel to the East Coast to play a 1 p.m. ET kickoff. That’s a pretty bad schedule break, not to mention that the Raiders lost multiple starters in Week 1, including Denzelle Good, Gerald McCoy and Yannick Ngakoue.
Pittsburgh is healthy and should have no problem winning up front. The pass rush of the Steelers should win this game by itself on Sunday. Take the Steelers (-255) on DraftKings.
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Raiders vs. Steelers Point Spread
The Raiders have done a really good job of keeping games close over the last few years, especially early in the season. Since the conclusion of their game against the Ravens, most sportsbooks and betting sites have moved this line from Steelers -6.5 to Steelers -5.5.
But Jon Gruden’s offense could be in big trouble in Week 2 without both starting offensive guards. Cameron Heyward of the Steelers totaled 10 pressures last week against a veteran offensive line for the Bills. He’s going to have an even bigger advantage in Week 2 against lesser players.
With the Steelers going back home and playing in front of a full crowd, look for them to take advantage of that and win by at least a touchdown over the Raiders. This is one of the few NFL spreads that feels off by at least a few points entering Week 2. Take the Steelers -5.5 (-110) on FanDuel as it’s one of our favorite NFL picks of the weekend.
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Raiders vs. Steelers Totals
Both of these teams have the ability to score into the 30s on any given week. But the offensive lines can be very inconsistent. That’s why the Under is probably the right bet in this game as this could be an ugly one for both offenses.
Pittsburgh’s offense totaled just 54 yards in the first half against Buffalo and needed a blocked punt for a touchdown to score 23 points. They should hover around the same mark again this week, but that won’t be enough for the Over to hit.
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About the Author
Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys for Bookies.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.