The Oakland Raiders haven’t done all that well in games outside of the AFC West over the course of the last few seasons. However, one team that they have a history of terrorizing is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who could be on upset alert on the NFL odds once again this week at +4 when these teams meet at the O.co Coliseum.
Simply put for the Steelers, they just might not have enough warm bodies. The defense is going to be without S Troy Polamalu and LB James Harrison in all likelihood, and that doesn’t even include the fact that LB Sean Spence, a rookie that was projected to challenge for a starting spot is out for the season. This unit hasn’t picked off a pass this year, and it has just two forced turnovers in two games.
Offensively, the line is still a wreck. The running backs on the team have toted the rock a grand total of 48 times this year for just 124 yards, and there hasn’t been a run longer than 13 yards for the campaign. G David DeCastro was supposed to help anchor the middle of the offensive line, but it just hasn’t happened, as he was injured in camp and hasn’t gotten on the field yet. The team’s second round NFL Draft pick, T Mike Adams hasn’t panned out either, as he was supposed to come in and help an awful offensive tackle situation. Needless to say, the situation is still awful.
QB Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked eight times and unofficially been hit 11 others over the course of the first two games of the season, and that just isn’t going to cut it.
Oakland is going to come after Big Ben with everything that it has on Sunday in search of its first win, and if three covers in the last four games in this series is any indication, the Raiders might be able to do it to the Steelers once again.