Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4) vs Oakland Raiders (2-10)Date : 12/09/2018
Time : 4:25 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Oakland Raiders
The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, to face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Steelers come into this matchup losers of their last two games as they suffered a 33-30 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in their last matchup as Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns yet Philip Rivers threw for two touchdown passes while Keenan Allen led the receiving corps for Los Angeles with 148 yards and a TD catch in the huge victory for the Chargers.
Oakland has also lost two straight games as their last loss came at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs as they were edged at home by a 40 – 33 score as Pat Mahomes threw four touchdown passes in a contest where he would scorch the Raiders pass secondary by putting up 295 yards. The Steelers have covered the spread in only one of the last seven meetings against the Raiders.
Pittsburgh Steelers's Latest Performance :
After a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown to Antonio Brown late in the second quarter that put the Steelers up by a 23-7 score, the Chargers outscored the Steelers 26 – 7 in the second half as Philip Rivers threw a huge touchdown pass while Desmond King II scored on a 73 yard punt return in addition to Justin Jackson scoring on an 18-yard scamper in which to put the Chargers up by a 30-23 score with 8 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger then passed for yet another touchdown pass to Jaylen Samuels to tie the game at 30 all with four minutes remaining in the game until Michael Bagdley sealed the victory for the Chargers with a 24 yard field goal in a very exciting match up throughout.
Again, Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards on the night along with two touchdown passes and an interception while James Conner also chipped in two touchdowns on the night along with 60 yards rushing. Antonio Brown led the receiving corps with 154 yards along with a TD on 10 receptions on the day as the Steelers went 3-3 inside the red zone. And despite the loss, the Steelers remain in first place within the AFC North Division a game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. They will certainly look to put a win under their belt in which to create some space within the division versus the Raiders on Sunday afternoon while getting back to playing sound defense along with utilizing their ground-and-pound philosophy on the offensive end combined with an effective passing attack.
Oakland Raiders's Latest Performance :
Oakland Raiders have struggled all Season as they are winners of only one of their last seven games, overall. During this time, they have struggled on both sides of the ball as their offense has not been consistent enough to keep them in games lately, while their defense continues to give up too many yards to opponents on the ground, thus allowing them to control the overall pace of the game. With that being the case, one could imagine that Oakland has certainly been prone to giving up points like candy as of late as they are allowing opponents to average 37 points per game during their current two-game losing streak.
As stated, the Chiefs put up 295 yards passing along with four touchdown passes from Pat Mahomes in the Raiders last outing, yet Mahomes also led a rushing attack that put up 174 yards for the game by rushing for 52 yards on nine attempts. Travis Kelce also had an All-Star game for the Chiefs as he caught two touchdown passes along with racking up 168 receiving yards on the day.
On the other hand, Derek Carr also had a decent game for Oakland as he threw for 285 yards along with three touchdown passes in the game while their rushing attack came alive in racking up 171 yards on the day as Jalen Richard and Doug Martin combined for 156 yards on the ground while Martin also had a score in the loss. While Oakland was able to gain a bit of confidence on the offensive end versus a terrible Kansas City Chiefs defensive unit, they may find success in this weekend’s matchup versus a Steelers defensive unit that has allowed opponents to score 28 points per game during their two-game losing skid.
How Pittsburgh Steelers & Oakland Raiders Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pittsburgh is 6 – 5 – 1 ATS while the OU is 7 – 5
Oakland is 4 – 8 ATS while the OU is 6 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup for Pittsburgh in that it will be interesting to see how they will bounce back after losing two straight games. On the other hand, the Raiders have lost all season and will certainly give up some yardage and points in this matchup to a Pittsburgh Steelers team that will be looking to get back on track from an offensive standpoint. In all, look for this to be an exciting and competitive contest from start to finish as each team will be looking to take control of the trenches early and often and which to pull out a victory.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers - 10.5
My reason for the pick :
I will pick the Steelers in this matchup as they certainly allowed one to get away versus the Los Angeles Chargers at home last weekend. With that being the case, expect Roethlisberger, who had a great game in the passing attack versus the Chargers, to come out with a vengeance while the passing game, as a whole, will be the tip of the spear in running up the score versus a Raiders team that simply cannot stop anyone from scoring at this time of season. With that being the case, expect the Steelers to indeed cover the spread in this matchup while cruising to the win over the lowly Raiders.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 51.5
My reason for the prediction :
While I expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to put some points on the board in this matchup, I will back the under as I happen to not believe that the Oakland Raiders will score many points versus a defense for the Steelers that will be looking to have a much better at showing than in their last outing. With that being the case, look for the visitors to score just enough in which to cover while also picking up the much-needed victory, as the total will certainly not surpassed its set limit for this contest.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Steelers:
- Over is 6-0 in Steelers last 6 games in Week 14.
Over is 5-0 in Steelers last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Betting trends for Oakland Raiders:
- Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Raiders last 4 games in Week 14.
Under is 6-1 in Raiders last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.