Free NFL Prediction: Raiders vs Steelers
Week 9 NFL betting sees the Oakland Raiders taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday November 8th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NFL season long so stay tuned for more FREE NFL predictions.
Oakland Raiders (4-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
Date: Sunday November 8th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Heinz Field- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ATS Betting Lines: Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5
NFL Moneyline Odds: Steelers -240
NFL Betting Total: 48
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Two AFC teams currently in the thick of playoff contention will square off in the Steel City as the NFL season enters the latter portion of the schedule.
Kick off is set for 1:00 PM ET as the Oakland Raiders look for their third-straight win of the season as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on the road.
Led by head coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Derek Carr, the Oakland Raiders are quickly shedding the label of “losers” that’s plagued them for more than a decade.
Instead of being the laughing stock of the NFL, the Raiders are sitting at 4-3, and could just as easily be 6-1 after two heartbreaking losses to the Bears and Broncos respectively.
Oakland is 10th in the league in passing and 8th in points scored.
The Raiders also possess the NFL’s second-best rushing defense, and with journeyman Charles Woodson in the secondary, they’ve improved their pass defense over the last few weeks, allowing opponents to only rack up yards during garbage time.
Along with Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Latavius Murray, Carr has helped the Raiders become a major threat offensively, and they’ve averaged 35.5 points per game since their Week 6 bye.
The Raiders are also 2-1 on the road this year, and have forced seven turnovers in those three games.
Now, they’ll head to Heinz Field to take on a Pittsburgh Steelers team that coughed the ball up three times at home to the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
The Raiders are on the rise, and the rest of the league should take notice.
The Steelers were dealt a vicious blow when running back Le’Veon Bell tore his MCL against the Bengals in Week 8. Now, they’ll turn to DeAngelo Williams to fill the void, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Williams was a stud when he filled in for Bell during the first two weeks of the season and amassed 204 yards and three touchdowns.
However, Oakland possesses one of the NFL’s best rush defenses, so I look for Ben Roethlisberger to pick on the Raiders’ susceptible secondary which ranks 31st in the league in passing yards allowed per game.
When it comes to rush defense, Pittsburgh doesn’t trail Oakland by much. While the Raiders are allowing an average of 83 yards per game on the ground, the Steelers allow an average of 90.
Through 17 games between them, both teams have allowed a combined five rushing touchdowns.
The Steelers will be in for quite a challenge on Sunday.
The Raiders just destroyed the New York Jets’ stingy defense for 451 yards, and if the season were to end today, the Raiders would be in the playoffs.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Raiders are 2-0 ATS vs. AFC teams on the road this season.
- Raiders are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Steelers last 5 games.
- Steelers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the Raiders.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Raiders last 10 games.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Oakland +4.5
This Raiders team is not the same old Raiders we’re accustomed to seeing.
The Raiders are coming off two blowout wins, and they have all the momentum in the world on their side. They’ve also won four of their last five games against Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are coming off a hard-fought loss against their divisional rival, and they’ll be without their best player in this one.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Oakland 24 – Pittsburgh 21
The Silver and Black, led by Carr and Company, steal one in the Steel City to move to 5-3.
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