The Oakland Raiders had high expectations coming into this season, but they have yet to get a win so far on the young season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to contend for the Super bowl but they will be one of the many NFL week 3 upsets.
Steelers vs Raiders Odds: The first indication that this game could be an upset is the betting line. The Pittsburgh Steelers are listed as five point favorites over the Raiders on the road at online sportsbook BetOnline. Look for an updated spread on this game at BetOnline, the top-rated sportsbook and get up to $900 in free plays to bet on football!
The Raiders are back home in the black hole to host the Steelers but are licking their wounds after getting upset by the Miami Dolphins in week two. The Raiders realize that teams that start the season 0-2 have just a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. Therefore they are desperate for a win.
The Steelers are off a win over the New York Jets and sit at 1-1, after an opening loss to the Denver Broncos. The Steelers beat a depleted Jets team who were hurting in the secondary. They will face a Raiders team who has a decent secondary and an underrated offense.
Love him or hate him, but quarterback Carson Palmer is looking god early in the season. This is despite the struggles of the offensive line to adjust to the new zone blocking scheme. Running back Darren Mcfadden had the chance to throw his teammates under the bus for a poor performance, but he declined. The team is getting better each week with this scheme and expects a better output against a Steelers team dealing with injuries.
According to CBS’s Dale Grdnic, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and outside linebacker James Harrison (knee) will miss Sunday’s Week 3 game at Oakland. This will hurt a Steelers team that needs help especially in the secondary where they have looked vulnerable at times.
The trends in this game point towards a silver and black victory. With a win the Raiders will br on the right road to the playoffs.
The Raiders play well after a lackluster effort on defense. The Raiders are 6-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 3.
The Steelers are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games against a team with a losing home record and often fall flat after a big win. The Steelers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games following a win of more than 14 points and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
What has gone unnoticed is the play of Ben Roethlisberger of late. In this last four games dating back to last year, Biig Ben has a QB rating of 79.3 and four interceptions. The Raiders can take advantage fo that and they pull of the biggest upset of the week.