Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders: Preview and Pick
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best teams in the National Football League, but they had a slow start to the season. After a convincing win against the Baltimore Ravens they are back on track to start a winning streak and play a role in the playoff picture. However they will need to avoid the letdown when they head to the west coast and take on the Oakland Raiders who are off a bye and ready to take to the field.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders Odds
The Steelers may not be having a very good season, but the football betting fanatics are still ready to back them up. The early wagers are backing the Steelers on the road to the tune of 65 percent. The opening line was posted with Pittsburgh as three point favorites and that line has yet to change. With the amount of money on the Steelers that line could change, so check out your top rated online sportsbook for the latest point spread on this game.
The Steelers are starting to play much better because they are running the ball and stopping the run. Le'Veon Bell gained 79 yards on 15 rushes between the tackles Sunday (5.3 yards per rush). Entering the game, the Steelers hadn't gained more than 45 yards between the tackles in a game, and averaged an NFL-worst 2.5 yards on those runs.The Ravens rushing game continued to stall Sunday, as Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce gained 58 yards on 21 rushes. Rice and Pierce combined to rush for a season-low 11 yards after contact.
The latest football betting trends for this game indicate that neither team is in a very good position to get the win and cover the spread. The Steelers are 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last 9 games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games when playing a team with a losing home record and are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win.
The Raiders are 21-44-1 ATS against a team with a losing record, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games when playing a team with a losing road record and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a bye week. The Steelers have struggled in the black hole in the past where they are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.