The Las Vegas Raiders travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in Week 2 in a game that should be a lot closer than the experts think.
It is a good morning to be a fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, as they opened up Allegiant Stadium to Raider Nation last night and won stunningly. After erasing a 14-0 deficit to the Baltimore Ravens, yes you read that right, the Silver and Black came all the way back, winning in overtime against Lamar Jackson and company.
That statement does not do that game justice, as the Raiders looked to have won the game on a touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Bryan Edwards, only to be ruled down at the one. From there, the Raiders could not get in, and Carr’s pass bounced off Willie Snead’s hands and into the hands of the defense, giving Baltimore the ball back.
After Carl Nassib’s forced a fumble on Jackson, the Raiders got it back, and at first, looked to be going for a field goal until a delay of game cost them five yards. They decided to bring the offense back out and ran a running play before Carr hit Zay Jones for a 31-yard touchdown to win the game.
In Week 2, they take on another AFC North team in the Pittsburgh Steelers, who shocked some people by beating Buffalo on the road last weekend. This should be another tough game for the Silver and Black.
Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Odds Week 2
The Week 2 betting odds on WynnBET have the Raiders as 5.5-point underdogs on the road. The total for the game is set at an over/under of 47.0 points.
Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Prediction Week 2
In Week 1, we predicted that the Raiders would take care of business against the Ravens at home, and they did just that, although it took an extra frame to do so. We liked Las Vegas at home in that matchup, especially with fans invading Allegiant Stadium for the first time ever due to COVID last season.
This weekend will be a huge difference, as the Silver and Black have to go across the country on a short week and take on one of the better defenses in the NFL in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sure, Ben Roethlisberger has cement feet at this point, and the Raiders should be able to get a pass rush, but the Las Vegas offensive line looked very bad at times on Monday night.
In the end, the Raiders make this a game and cover the spread, but I like the Steelers to move to 2-0 in front of the home faithful. It is early, and we will see what the injury report looks like before making a final prediction later in the week.