Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 9/19/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 2
Game: Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (-5.5)
The Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) are on their way to Heinz Field on Sunday where they will attempt to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0). Pittsburgh opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 48.
The Las Vegas Raiders step onto the field holding a record of 1-0 for this year. In their last contest, the Raiders went up against the Ravens and notched a win by a score of 33-27. Derek Carr finished 34/56 with 435 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 89.5 and walked away from the game with 1 pick. Darren Waller had an average of 10.5 yards per catch by earning 105 yards on 10 catches. Josh Jacobs was the best rusher for the Raiders with 10 carries for 34 yards (3.4 yards per attempt). When the final whistle blew, they tallied 80 plays which gave them a total of 491 yds. The Las Vegas Raiders ended up rushing 21 different times and accrued 82 yards, earning them an average of 3.9 yds per carry. Against the run, the Raiders gave up 189 yards on 34 attempts, which calculates to 5.6 yds per rush surrendered. Las Vegas gave up 19 completions on 30 attempts for a total of 217 yds, and a completion rate of 63.3%.
The Raiders have earned 491 total yards this year. Las Vegas has earned 17 1st downs as a unit, and they have committed 10 penalties for 62 yds. As a unit they're averaging 82.0 yards in the run game which ranks them 21st in the league. In terms of putting points on the board, the Las Vegas Raiders are sitting at 33.0 PPG.
In terms of passing yardage, the Raiders have surrendered 217 yards which puts them in 11th in the league. They have surrendered 217.0 yards per contest via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 63.3%. In total, they are conceding 406.0 yards per contest which puts them 21st in the NFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.6 yards per rush and 189.0 yards on the ground per contest for the season. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 189 running yards through 1 game. The Raiders are ranked 18th in the NFL in relation to the opposition scoring, allowing 27.0 points per contest.
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The Steelers head into this game 1-0 this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Steelers took home the win by a final score of 23-16 against the Bills. Ben Roethlisberger (1 touchdown) ended the game with 188 yards on 18/32 through the air while his QB rating was 83.9. He didn't throw any picks and his longest completion went for 24 yards. Najee Harris carried the ball 16 times for 45 yds, walking away from the contest with 2.8 yards per carry for Pittsburgh. Diontae Johnson was the best receiver for the Steelers, bringing in 5 balls for 36 yds (7.2 yards per catch). Pittsburgh rushed the ball for 3.6 yards per tote, totaling 75 yards on 21 attempts. The Steelers finished the contest with a total of 252 yds on 55 plays (4.6 yards per play). The Steelers passing defense allowed a completion rate of 58.8%, relinquishing 254 yds on 30 out of 51 through the air. Pittsburgh gave up 25 attempts on the ground for 117 yards (4.7 yds per rush).
Regarding the points being put on the board, the Steelers rank 18th in football holding an average of 23.0 points per game. During this campaign thus far, the Steelers have thrown for a total of 177 passing yards, putting them at 28th in the league. They hold an average of 75.0 run yards per game. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold an average of 252.0 yards per contest which has them ranked 29th in the league. The Pittsburgh offense has totaled 32 yds of penalties on 5 violations, which has them ranked 24th in the NFL in terms of making mistakes.
The Steelers are conceding 16.0 points per game, which puts them in 9th of all teams in the NFL. Pittsburgh has surrendered a total of 117 yards on the ground. They have given up 1 touchdown through the air as well as 254.0 yards/game, which has them sitting 15th in the NFL. The Steelers defense has participated in 79 plays, which has them ranked 30th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Raiders/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pittsburgh -5.5
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