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The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders to close out an action-packed Sunday of football. Pittsburgh started off the season getting blown out by the 49ers but rebounded well in a division matchup against the Browns on Monday night.
This Steelers defense single-handedly won that game by picking apart Deshaun Watson, and now Jimmy Garoppolo will have to deal with them as well.
After getting embarrassed by the Bills last Sunday, the Raiders look to bounce back against the Steelers this Sunday night. Las Vegas has yet to show up this season even though they come into this game with a 1-1 record.
Josh Jacobs has struggled to find the gaps in the line and through two games he has 29 carries for just 46 rushing yards. The defending NFL rushing leader will have to get it together to take some pressure off of Garoppolo.
Let’s break down some of our best prop bets for this Sunday night showdown.
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While Jacobs has yet to produce big numbers through the first two weeks, this looks to be the matchup for him to boom.
The Steelers have given up the most rushing yards in the NFL and allowed opposing rushers to average 5.6 yards per carry. It seems like Pittsburgh has focused more on their pass defense than their rush defense this offseason.
Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels has mentioned that they have to get Jacobs more touches as this will measure their success. We fully expect Las Vegas to pound the ball through the tackles as much as possible, which should help Jacobs reach his yardage total on Sunday.
Last season, Las Vegas found tremendous success throwing the ball down the field with Derek Carr. This season, Garoppolo has struggled to move the ball.
Garoppolo has always been a game manager, who consistently takes the short passes. While he is accurate and consistent, he typically has a hard time converting his passes into points.
In week two, Buffalo was able to limit the passing production of Garoppolo. The amount of time he spends in the pocket will be key to him hitting this under. Garoppolo doesn’t move well when pressured.
He usually just ends up throwing it away or taking a sack. Therefore, if the Steelers, who have only given up three passing touchdowns this season, can get to Garoppolo, it’s gonna be a long night for the quarterback.
Garopolo has weapons to work with, but it hasn’t helped him in 2023. Davante Adams is one of the purest route runners in the league and if anyone can get open, it’s him. This team will continue to be below average until the quarterback can find a way to get Adams the ball.
Kenny Pickett has thrown to George Pickens 17 times this season. Pickens has shown incredible pass-catching ability with the ability to turn short gains into explosive plays.
The volume is definitely there for Pickens to emerge as a top receiver in the league. Last week Pickens caught four passes on 10 targets for 127 yards and a score. While 71 of those yards came from a long touchdown catch and run, he still managed three catches for 56 yards outside of the explosive gain.
Las Vegas’ defense is known to give up big yardage to wide receivers and it should be no different for Pickens. In week two, the Raiders secondary allowed 92 yards to Gabe Davis, and 66 yards to Stefon Diggs.
The second-year receiver has been turning heads with his route running and his quickness. Yet, the only head that’s gonna need to turn on Sunday is Pickett’s when he looks toward a wide-open Pickens down the field.
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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