Fresh off consecutive victories, the Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the playoff hunt as they travel to Oakland to face the Raiders at O.co Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The Steelers snapped a four-game losing skid with a road victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 13, and then held off the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Defeating the defending Super Bowl champions, who also just happen to be a division rival, can do wonders for a team’s attitude.
"You have to have confidence and I want the guys to see the confidence from me," Ben Roethlisberger said after Sunday’s win, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We need to have all the confidence in the world that we are going to go down and win this game. I think everyone believed it. I think it is big when everybody buys into what you are doing and we did a good job of that."
Roethlisberger completed 17 of his 23 passes against Baltimore, and didn’t throw an interception. The Steelers defense also had a strong game, denying Baltimore a touchdown for the first three quarters, and holding the Ravens to just 287 total yards.
Pittsburgh may have a tough test at the road. The Raiders have won two of their three home games this season, and have looked slightly better than many expected. The Raiders have the ninth-best rushing attack in the NFL, while the defense has allowed the fifth least total yards in the league.
Coming off a bye week, Oakland will look to bounce back from a road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Terrelle Pryor had an uneven game with seven carries for 56 yards, while completing 18-of-34 passes for 216 yards, but he was also intercepted three times.
The Raiders could use more holes for Darren McFadden. In his last three games, the 26-year-old running back has rushed for a combined 90 yards on 33 carries. McFadden is healthy after being plagued by a hamstring injury this season.
The Raiders have won three of the last four meetings with the Steelers. Both teams enter the game with a 2-4 record.
Player To Watch: Terrelle Pryor. The Raiders can squeak out a victory if Pryor makes good decisions, and can scramble for first downs.
Point Spread: Steelers by 2.5
Kickoff time: 4:05 ET
TV Channel: CBS
Online Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket Max