Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders - 12/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-10)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm (Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders +10 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders meet Sunday in NFL week 14 action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Pittsburgh Steelers need a win here to snap a two-game skid and get back on track in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four of their last five road games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 66 percent of his passes for 3,945 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in 17 of his last 21 games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown have combined for 2,132 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Vance McDonald has 40 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 93.1 yards per contest, and Conner leads the way with 909 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 23.5 points and 328.9 yards per game. Vince Williams leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 67 tackles, T.J. Watt has 10 sacks and Cameron Sutton has one interception.
The Oakland Raiders look to play spoiler at this point after losing seven of their last eight games. The Oakland Raiders have lost their last three home games. Derek Carr is completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 3,112 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. Jared Cook and Jalen Richard have combined for 1,187 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jordy Nelson has 35 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 105.3 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 445 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 30.6 points and 396.6 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 94 tackles, Maurice Hurst has four sacks and Gareon Conley has two interceptions.
The Steelers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. AFC and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raiders are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Steelers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 13-6 in Raiders last 19 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Steelers last 7 vs. AFC.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off back-to-back frustrating losses and only have three wins this season that have been decided by double digits. The Oakland Raiders have given up 34 or more points in four of their last six games and every week there seems to be more and more drama surrounding this franchise. The Pittsburgh Steelers have failed to cover nine of their last 13 games as a double-digit favorite. The Oakland Raiders have failed to cover five of their last eight games as a double-digit underdog. Double-digit underdogs at home in the NFL hold a lot of value, and I considered taking the Raiders here. However, the Steelers should have little trouble lighting this Oakland defense up, and I don't have much faith in this Raiders offense to respond. The wheels have already fallen off this team and you may see guys starting to quit. I'll take the Steelers in a beatdown.