TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: O.Co Coliseum
Weather: High 74, Low 50
Line: Pittsburgh (-1.5)
It’s hard to believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are not one of the best teams in the NFL this season. The team won a Super Bowl not too long ago and are seemingly in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy every season. However, poor offensive play has led to a 2-4 start to the season and it looks like Mike Tomlin is desperately tying to take control of this team, banning games from being played in the locker room. Ben Roethlisberger has not had a great start to the season, passing for 1,655 yards and seven touchdowns on the year and it looks like he misses Mike Wallace a bit. Antonio Brown has become the top receiver on this team in Wallace’s absence, catching 47 passes for 548 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is back to leading the offense in his third game back from injury, rushing for 184 yards and two scores for the 27th-ranked rushing offense.
The Oakland Raiders are led by a young quarterback that had never really seen the field prior to the start of the 2013 season. Terrelle Pryor is in his first season as the starting quarterback of this team and he has played pretty well considering the lack of weapons he has on offense. Pryor has passes for 1,061 yards and five touchdowns in five starts this season. The young quarterback has also rushed for another 285 yards which leads the team in that category — the Raiders rank ninth in rushing yards per game. Denarius Moore leads all receivers with 25 catches for 399 yards and four touchdowns. Darren McFadden has been fighting through injuries at the running back position, rushing for 267 yards and two scores on the season.
Defensively, the Raiders rank in the top-half of the league in most major categories. They rank 13th in points allowed per game, 12th in total yards per contest and excel in run defense, ranking 10th in rush yards allowed per game. The Steelers are also a top-tier defensive unit, ranking 14th in points allowed per game and sixth in total yards allowed per game. They excel in pass defense, raking fourth in the league, but struggle to stop the run — ranking 19th in the NFL.
PREDICTION: Steelers 21, Raiders 16