The Oakland Raiders will be hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. The match will be the 25th meeting between the two. The overall record belongs to the Raiders (as LA and Oakland) sitting at 13-11, including a 8-3 home record.
Both teams will be stepping into the field with a two victories under their belt. The Steelers also have four losses and are looking to get a third straight victory while visiting the O.com Coliseum.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not a high scoring offense. The highest scoring game for the Steelers this season was in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings. Pittsburgh scored 27 points and still lost while playing in Minnesota.
The big three for the Steelers are QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, and WR Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger has a passing rating of 90.7 with seven touchdowns so far. Not bad, but he does have five interceptions. Ben should really be aware of the Raiders' secondary who have been doing a decent job so far this season.
Le’Veon Bell has 187 yards in five games with two touchdowns. Not very good for six games; however, he is due to explode. Against the Oakland Raiders’ defense, who have been holding their ground, could give Brown a tough day.
Antonio Brown has a lot of receiving yards accumulated, 548 yards, but only has two touchdowns. Again, the Raiders’ secondary should be able to hold him, at least from scoring.
The Steelers defense is not bad, always keeping most of their opponents at scoring 20 points or less. There were only two times when the opponents scored more than 20 points on the Steelers. The Vikings scored 34 points, and the Chicago Bears scored 40 points. The Bears and the Vikings defeated the Steelers.
Much like the Raiders, the Steelers defense is strong but has a hard time getting victories due to the offense’s lack of luster. Their weakest point so far is their ability to stop the run. Opponents have average 656 yards on the Steelers. This means that Darren McFadden will be up for another test with the help of Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece.
The game could go either way. Being at home, the Oakland Raiders should take this victory and put a stop of the Steelers' two-game winning streak. Terrelle Pryor is going to have to turn up the heat and redeem himself from the Kansas City loss. Also, the Oakland Raiders’ secondary will have to keep up their stamina against the very much experienced Roethlisberger who has 1,655 yards in passing so far this season.
In the end, the Raiders need to just win baby!