Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Week 2 Predictions: Against the Spread, Total, and Props
Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Las Vegas Raiders came away with surprising wins in Week 1. For Pittsburgh, they found themselves on the road against the defending AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills.
Pittsburgh did a good job of limiting the damage of Josh Allen and containing Buffalo to just 16 points while capitalizing on special teams. As for Vegas, it was a come-from-behind win in a Monday night game against Baltimore.
After being down 14-0 the Raiders came storming back thanks to an unreal performance from Darren Waller and two lost fumbles from Lamar Jackson. Which classic AFC team will come out on top in Week 2?
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It was looking like another pedestrian Derek Carr game before the fourth quarter and overtime in Week 1. To his credit, he came on strong and ended up with 435 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns.
While the comeback will be remembered for the crazy overtime, the Raider defense deserves credit for getting Lamar Jackson to fumble twice. Maxx Crosby had two sacks, two tackles for a loss, and four QB hits in the best performance of his young career.
As they take their talents on the road, they will need more from the ground game in Week 2. Josh Jacobs had 10 carries for 34 yards on Monday Night Football. Sure, the two touchdowns he had were nice but the Raiders need more consistency per carry from their featured back.
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On the offensive side for Pittsburgh, it was a rather boring day in Buffalo. They had just one offensive touchdown, a passing TD from Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger didn’t really do too much going just 18 for 32 for 188 yards (5.9 yards per attempt).
On the ground, Najee Harris was extremely quiet averaging just 2.8 yards per carry on 16 carries (45 yards). It was the defense and special teams that won this game for Pittsburgh.
T.J. Watt made his presence felt with two sacks and five QB hits and the difference in the game ended up being a blocked punt touchdown for the Steelers. In Week 2, they’ll need more consistency on offense to keep pace with Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Predictions
Since 2020, the Steelers are the second-best team in the NFL against the spread. They’re 11-7 ATS for a 61.1 cover percentage. Looking at how they’ve done against the conference since the start of last year they cover 64.3 percent of the time and as the home team, that number sits at 55.6 percent.
For Vegas, they’re 2-1 as away underdogs since the start of 2020 and 7-6 in the conference over that same time period. Where they succeed is hitting the over. They are 13-3-1 as a team when it comes to hitting overs for an insane 81.2 percent return.
While the confidence in the Raiders on the road might not be there, the chances of them on the over looks pretty enticing.