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Raiders vs Steelers Betting Odds - Steelers to take frustrations out on Raiders

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/4/2009 11:37:23 AM

NFL Odds: Pick Steelers -15

NFL line bettingThe Raiders vs Steelers betting odds shows that the Steelers shouldn’t have much of a problem getting a win this week. They are a 15-point favorite over the hapless Oakland Raiders and all signs point to a blowout in this one. After a few tough losses, this should be a nice day at the spa for the Steelers. Online betting sharps should expect them to win and cover.

Raiders vs Steelers betting odds: Steelers -15, Under 37
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, December 6th – 1:00 PM ET
WHERE: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA
KEY STAT: Raiders are 19-40 ATS in last 59 December games

Raiders vs Steelers betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
Who would have thought that the Raiders would have finished November with as many wins as the Steelers? Don’t be fooled, though: the Raiders are completely hapless. Their lone win was a miracle win over Cincinnati, and in their other three games, they were outscored 81-53. They’re coming off an ugly performance on Thanksgiving in Dallas, and traveling up to the East Coast and playing early won’t be a pretty sight for this team.

For Pittsburgh, it has been a tough three-week stretch. A tough loss at home to Cincinnati followed by a letdown in Kansas City, then a hard-fought loss in Baltimore has landed the Steelers on the outside of the playoffs. This is an important game for them as they need to finish strong in December to make the playoffs.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Raiders vs Steelers betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Raiders offense has switched to Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback, and that has done very little for this team. They are physical, but they still have a bad quarterback, bad receivers and a so-so running game. NFL betting fans won’t expect them to find much success on the ground against the Steelers defense, which is part of why this game will be very one-sided.

For the Steelers, getting Ben Roethlisberger back in the lineup will be the key this week. He’ll infuse some confidence for this team and bring back a passing threat that was sorely lacking last week. The Steelers should be able to move the ball at will against this lousy Raiders squad.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Raiders vs Steelers betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Raiders defense is ranked 29th in the NFL, allowing 376.9 yards per game. While their passing defense is decent, their run defense is ranked 31st in the NFL, which is bad news considering who they’re playing. The Raiders will have to stop the run this week, and if they don’t, the Steelers will score in the 30’s.

For Pittsburgh, they have the league’s best rushing defense, which is great news when you consider that if they can stop the run, they’ll put the ball in Bruce Gradkowski’s hands and force him to win the game. If that’s the case, the Raiders won’t be winning this game; they won’t even be close.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Raiders vs Steelers betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Steelers will be without Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu this week, which has affected the betting line in the sportsbook. They also might be without defensive end Travis Kirschke, who has a nagging calf injury.

The Raiders are relatively healthy for this contest.

Betting Edge: Raiders

Raiders vs Steelers betting odds for total: 37
The Steelers aren’t a team that runs up the score, and while they may find it easy to score this week, the Raiders may not score any points whatsoever. This is a low total but this is two run-oriented teams and only one good offense.

Pick: Under 37

Raiders vs Steelers betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
This is a long road trip and an early start for the Raiders, who may have to play in colder temperatures than they are used to. On top of that, the Steelers need a win to get right and get their stretch run on track. Don’t expect them to let up in this contest as they need the confidence. This is a bad matchup for the run-based Raiders and they may not score many points in this contest.

STAN’S PICK: Steelers -15

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