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Oakland Raiders (0-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Before the season, I made a list of underrated and overrated teams, with the intent of betting them (or against them) until the odds makers caught up and I was proven wrong. This approach has worked well for me because I’m 10-4-2 ATS on games involving those teams. One thing I was dead on about was that the Raiders would be one of the worst teams in the league. They’ve been favored in each of their first 2 games, losing them both, including the last one in embarrassing fashion to the Dolphins, 35-13, a game I made a big play on in favor of the Dolphins.
Their defense has been exactly as you’d expect from a defense that ranked 29th in scoring last year and then who lost their top cornerback and top pass rusher this offseason. Injuries have hammered them on that side of the ball too as linebacker Aaron Curry is expected to miss the entire season, while top cornerback Ronald Bartell will miss at least 6 weeks after being put on non-sea...
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The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is now out and it shows that tackle Mike Adams (back), linebacker James Harrison (knee), quarterback Byron Leftwich (illness), tight end Heath Miller (abdomen) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) all failed to practice. Adams had been limited on Wednesday and Leftwich was added to the report today with an illness.
I called the Raiders overrated before the season and said they were one of the worst teams in the league and an ugly 35-13 loss to the Dolphins is making that look pretty good. The new regime has a lot of promise, but they inherited a mess, an 8 win team (with a Pythagorean Expectation of 6 wins for stat nerds) that was above the cap and didn’t have very many draft picks. Whether...
The Thursday practice participation injury report for the Oakland Raiders is now in and it shows that tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) did not practice once for a second straight day as expected. Both players will most likely miss the week 3 game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cornerback Coye Francies (concussion) and linebacker Rolando...
When the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday they will face the new zone blocking scheme that offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has implemented for this season.
While the Raiders, and more specifically running back Darren McFadden, are still in the early stages of being accustomed to it, the Steelers defense has struggled recently against defending it.
There has been a lot of talk the last two years about the age on the Steelers defense the past two years. Casey Hampton, James Harrison, Larry Foote, Ike Taylor, and Brett Keisel are all in their thirties. However, behind Hampton are two youngsters in Steve McLendon and Alameda Ta’amu. James H ContinueThe post Steelers: Perfect Time to Need a Safety appeared first on SteelBlitz.
The Steelers have a plan when to play all of their injured players and it involves their early bye in the fourth week of the season. The plan is that none of their questionable players will play until they return for the fifth week, when they resume with a game against Philadelphia Oct. 7 at home. That is when James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Rashard Mendenhall and one or two others...
Sunday against the Oakland Raiders the Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking for their first road win against the Silver and Black since 1995 when they won 29-10.
The Steelers last trip out to Oakland was not a memorable one for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who went 25-of-37 in the game passing with 4 interceptions, of which 2 were returned for touchdowns by Nnamdi Asomugha and...
As I wrote early this week Lawrence Timmons helmet to helmet hit on Mark Sanchez may have changed the game between the Jets and Steelers, but that doesn’t ignore the fact that the hit is categorized as illegal in the NFL today. The crown of Timmons’ helmet collided with the side a ContinueThe post Steelers’ Timmons Fined 21k for Illegal Hit on Jets’ Sanchez appeared first on SteelBlitz.
Pittsburgh's offense has been getting away without production on the ground, and they don't want to continue in that vein. The Steelers have the 30th-ranked run game, and they have averaged just 2.6 yards per carry. This after they let coordinator Bruce Arians go, in part because they did not like his philosophy when it came to the ground game. However, Arians oversaw a...
The NFL's Oakland Raiders have teamed with Overstock.com to generate fan engagement during home games at Raiders' Overstock.com Coliseum (or "O.co", as Overstock has termed it) during the 2012-13 season. The company has created numerous themed football games to hopefully generate fan interest and ticket sales.
Overstock signed a six-year deal in partnership with...
After the Steelers had sealed up their big W over the Jets, Mike Tomlin let his excitement out… to say the least (offset the word “flair” because after all, he is doing a damn accurate Ric Flair impersonation here).
“Wait… I didn’t get burned by Tebow? WOOO!” – Mike Tomlin
“I know it needs to be an asset for us moving forward, particularly as we move into a hostile environment like the one we are going into this weekend,” said Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
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