Pittsburgh Steelers will host Las Vegas Raiders in the Sunday afternoon match of the NFL 2021 season, Week 2. The home side goes to this clash full of confidence after beating Buffalo Bills on the road in the regular-season opener. The visitors have also been successful in Week 1, as they celebrated an extra-time victory over Baltimore Ravens at home.
Pittsburgh had a pretty solid preseason, as the hosts won three times and lost one match. They were better than the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame clash, adding two more victories against the Eagles and the Lions. Their only defeat came against the Panthers just before the start of the regular season. On the other hand, the Raiders had a similar preseason record. Las Vegas managed to beat the Seahawks and the Rams while losing to the 49ers.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Can they keep the defense tight?
A steel defense led Pittsburgh to the important victory in Week 1 of the regular season. Although they trailed 10-0 at halftime against the Bills, the Steelers pulled off a great turnaround in the second half. They produced 17 points in the last quarter and finished a touchdown ahead of their rivals. Now, Pittsburgh looks forward to their back-to-back 2-0 start of the campaign.
It was the defense that came up big in the game against the Bills. They allowed only 16 points and a total of 371 yards. The Steelers managed to stop the Bills on a fourth-down two times in a row in the second half. T.J. Watt starred in defense with a pair of sacks and forcing one fumble. In addition, Devin Bush logged ten tackles. On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger passed for 188 yards with a 56.3 success rate while adding a TD. Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster combined for 97 receiving yards, while Najee Harris was a leading rusher with 45 yards.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Pat Freiermuth, Derek Watt, Dan Moore Jr., Kevin Dotson, Kendrick Green, Trai Turner, Chukwuma Okorafor
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Wormley, Tyson Alualu, Cameron Heyward, T.J. Watt, Devin Bush, Joe Schobert, Alex Highsmith, Joe Haden, Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cameron Sutton
Quarter Back: Ben Roethlisberger
Kicker: Chris Boswell
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Las Vegas Raiders – Can they have another 2-0 start of the season?
The Raiders were successful in the opening round, and they now aim for the third 2-0 start in the last five seasons. They celebrated a 33-27 victory over the Ravens after extra time and head to this clash full of confidence. Derek Carr passed for 435 yards with a 60.7% accuracy with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Josh Jacobs rushed for 34 yards and two scores, while Darren Waller had 105 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.
Johnathan Abram, Denzel Perryman, and Cory Littleton led the Raiders’ defense with ten tackles each. In addition, Abram had one pass deflection, while Las vegas allowed a total of 406 yards in their latest match. The visitors want to keep up where they left off and go for a positive result in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Kenyan Drake, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, Kolton Miller, Brandon Parker, Jordan Simmons, Andre James, Jermaine Eluemunor, Jermaine Eluemunor
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Johnathan Hankins, Malcolm Koonce, Cory Littleton, K.J. Wright, Trayvon Mullen Jr., Johnathan Abram, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders +6.5 @-110
Although the Steelers pulled off a great comeback, they didn’t look too impressive against the Bills. Big Ben doesn’t seem to have caught a good form, while the Raiders were very good in offense. Las Vegas covered the number six times in their last nine games as underdogs, while the Steelers failed to do so in their previous four matches as favorites. The Raiders seem pretty underestimated by the odds, and I’m going to back them to cover the spread in the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 47 @-110
Looking into the past matches, the Over seems to be a reasonable choice for the second bet. It cashed out four times in Pittsburgh’s last five games and in the previous six September matches for the Ravens. Give me the over here as the second pick.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders Over 21.5 @+115
I find a pretty good value in the totals market for the Raiders. They showed significant improvement in offense compared to previous seasons. Therefore, I believe they can score more than 21.5 points, and that’s going to be my third bet.