Affiliate – A huge Week 3 game awaits the Steelers as they travel west to take on the Oakland Raiders before their BYE.
Pittsburgh righted the ship after losing to the Denver Broncos in the opener, beating the New York Jets 27-10 at home. It was a dominating performance from top to bottom from Mike Tomlin’s crew.
Ben Roethlisberger had no troubles shredding a Jets secondary that was missing Darrelle Revis. He finished 24-of-31 for 275 yards and two touchdowns, one to Mike Wallace and the other to Heath Miller.
The running game continued to struggle though with Rashard Mendenhall still out of action. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman combined for 24 carries for only 53 yards, though Redman was able to get into the endzone during the victory.
A win’s a win though and now the Steelers head to Oakland as four-point favorites on the NFL odds board.
The Raiders have been one of the biggest disappointments of the young season so far. They lost their home opener 22-14 to the San Diego Chargers and then were trounced by the Miami Dolphins 35-13. The Dolphins were expected to be one of the worst teams in football, to put that result into perspective.
That would explain why you see Pittsburgh favored for this game.
Perhaps the Raiders just need some time to adjust to their new coach, but the early signs have not been promising whatsoever.
The Steelers meanwhile are going to be chalk full of confidence after killing the Jets at home. Even Tomlin himself was celebrating as if he was a player while on the sidelines in the closing minutes.
Another victory would be huge for Pittsburgh right before their off week. It’s a massive difference between having a winning 2-1 record rather than being 1-2, especially when the Steelers will be returning to action in Week 5 with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.