Pittsburgh Steelers(7-4-2) Vs Oakland Raiders(2-10)
December 9, 2018 4:25 PM ET(Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
Spread: Pittsburgh -11
Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Oakland Raiders 12-9-2018 Free NFL Expert Picks, Parlays and Spreads
Next week the Pittsburgh Steelers head to California to take on Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh is coming off back to back loses for the first time this season, next week they take on one of the worst teams in the league in hopes of getting back into the winning column. Oakland is coming off one of their better games this season,they were able to rally back late into the game against the Kansas City Chiefs but fell short after an unsuccessful onside kick.
Oakland Raiders Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh’s match-up Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers was a showdown between two AFC juggernauts and a possible future match-up in the playoffs. Chargers kicker Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give Los Angeles a 33-30 victory. Badgley initially missed a 39-yard attempt, but the Steelers were called for offsides. Badgley’s 34-yard attempt was blocked, but Pittsburgh was flagged again for crossing the line of scrimmage. Badgley then knocked down the 29-yard field goal to get the win.
In the game Big Ben threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for a season high 154 yards and a touchdown. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. JuJu Smith-Schuster finished with six receptions for 49 yards. Pittsburgh will have a much easier match-up next week, but we all know any team can win any given Sunday. If the Steelers think they are going to have an easy win they have another thing coming. Oakland was able to drop 33 points last week against the Chiefs, next week they try to build momentum after one of their best offense performances of the year.
Oakland fell just short last week in a 40-33 match-up against the 10-2 Chiefs. The Raiders were able to rally together in the fourth scoring 17 points, but fell just short after failing to convert an onside kick. Derek Carr finished the game completing 29 of his 38 pass attempts for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Jared Cook finished with seven receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown.
The Raiders have struggled all season and some people might say they are the worse team in the league. Oakland ranks 31st in the league in total defense and 28th in offense, it can’t get much worse than that. If Oakland keeps it up they should have the first or second pick in next’s years draft. It’s been 10 years since Jon Gruden has been a head coach, and I think we can all agree that this year has not gone according to plan.
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Oakland is 2-6 ATS in it’s last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Oakland’s last 19 games
Oakland is 2-5-1 ATS in it’s last 8 games at home
Oakland is 4-2 ATS in it’s last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland’s last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 1-6 ATS in it’s last 7 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in it’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in it’s last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Prediction Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Oakland Raiders
Next week the Steelers look to rebound after losing two straight, they will need a win next week to keep up with the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. If the Steelers don’t win next week they could fall out of the playoff hunt. After next week Pittsburgh heads back home to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, then they head to Louisiana to take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Against Oakland I see Pittsburgh dominating from start to finish. The only way I see the Raiders winning is if the Steelers start looking forward to New England, but there is no way Mike Tomlin will let that happen after losing two in a row. The Steelers win huge.
Pick: Pittsburgh -11 Under