Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
September 19, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -6 / Las Vegas Raiders +6; Over/Under: 47.5
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The Pittsburgh Steelers meet the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday in week 2 NFL action at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Las Vegas Raiders look for another win after beating the Ravens in overtime. The Pittsburgh Steelers look for another win after beating the Bills in their opener.
The Las Vegas Raiders look for their third 2-0 start in the last five seasons. Derek Carr is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 435 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Darren Waller and Bryan Edwards have combined for 186 receiving yards and one touchdown while Hunter Renfrow has six receptions. The Las Vegas Raiders ground game is averaging 82 yards per contest, and Josh Jacobs leads the way with 34 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Las Vegas is allowing 27 points and 406 yards per game. Denzel Perryman leads the Las Vegas Raiders with 10 tackles, Maxx Crosby has two sacks and Johnathan Abram has one pass deflection.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look for back-to-back 2-0 starts to the NFL season. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 188 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool have combined for 97 receiving yards on seven catches while Diontae Johnson has five receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 75 yards per contest, and Najee Harris leads the way with 45 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 16 points and 371 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 10 tackles, TJ Watt has two sacks and Cameron Heyward has two pass deflections.
The Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. AFC. The over is 13-3-1 in Raiders last 17 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Steelers last 5 games overall. The Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Give the Steelers credit for the way they bounced back in the second half against the Bills, but the truth is they weren’t all that impressive and Big Ben doesn’t look good. The Las Vegas Raiders showed serious flashes offensively against the Ravens and their pass rush on defense was a lot better than what we saw a year ago. Also, the Raiders have covered six of their last nine games in the underdog role, which includes outright wins in two of their last four games as an underdog. The Raiders are better than what oddsmakers are giving them credit for. Give me the free touchdown.