A pair of 1-1 teams are trying to move above .500 in a primetime showdown. The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a divisional win on Monday. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win, especially against a rival.
They may not have won last weekend, but the Las Vegas Raiders are also gunning for win number two. This is their home opener, so there should be extra energy in the building. Let’s see if it successfully transfers into their on-field performance.
Sunday Night Football is bringing back a classic matchup this week. Here’s a look at Steelers vs. Raiders.
Fixture: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Las Vegas Raiders
Date and Time: Sunday, September 24, 2023, 8:20 p.m. EST
Venue: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada
|Steelers||+2.5 (+100)||Over 43.0 (-108)||+124|
|Raiders||-2.5 (-120)||Under 43.0 (-112)||-148|
Pittsburgh’s offense has been atrocious, averaging 4.3 yards per play so far. The result is 33 points through two weeks, 26 of which came last week (aided by two defensive touchdowns). Four giveaways and seven sacks allowed are compounding their inability to move the ball.
Defensively, they have five takeaways, including the two touchdowns from last week. They’re allowing 5.4 yards per play, but have nine sacks already to help offset it. However, allowing 5.6 yards per carry (32nd) won’t lead to long-term success.
Las Vegas has had a scoring problem, only putting up 27 total points after two games. The good is that they’re averaging 5.3 yards per play and haven’t allowed a sack yet. The bad is that they’ve committed four turnovers and run fewer plays than every other team. They’re also gaining only 2.6 yards per rush.
On defense, the Raiders haven’t gotten a takeaway yet. They’ve surrendered 54 points and are allowing 5.4 yards per snap. On the ground, opponents are gaining 4.9 yards per rush attempt.
Both of these offenses are struggling, to say the least. Neither team has shown that they can run the ball at all this year. The Raiders’ passing game is functional, but the Steelers can’t say the same. This game probably won’t feature a ton of ball movement. Fade the offenses and take the under on Sunday night.