NFL Picks: Bet Steelers to Get Back on Track & Cover ATS vs. Raiders

Nikki Adams

Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:21 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 9:21 PM GMT

The Raiders are riding a two-game winning streak into week 9 NFL betting. Can they make it three in a row at the expense of the Steelers? Here’s a preview complete with NFL picks.

Raiders (4-3, 2-1 Away)
The Oakland Raiders are riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak into week 9 NFL betting having beaten the Chargers and Jets. Can they make it three in a row when they descend on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field?

If the NFL odds were any indication, they do have a shot. NFL betting lines opened with the Raiders at the 6-point disadvantage but have been bet down since early doors to a low of 4.5-points. Clearly, there are those NFL bettors that are sweet on the Raiders plus the points.

Money line odds have also come down where they are concerned from an opening +200 to almost +150, depending on your choice sportsbook. The totals, meanwhile, have moved in the opposite direction, increasing from 47-points to 48-points.

The Raiders beat the Chargers 37-29 on the road and then backed up the win with a 34-20 win over the Jets, albeit banged-up Jets with both Fitzpatrick and Smith suffering injuries. Not to be churlish about this winning run of form seeing their offense really perked up and put up 71 points over the course of these two games. But conceding 49 points in the process is somewhat concerning. It’s also something Big Ben and the Steelers will be keenly looking to capitalise on.

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Steelers (4-4, 2-2 Home)
Despite the return of Big Ben, the Pittsburgh Steelers slipped to a 16-10 defeat to divisional rivals Cincinnati Bengals in week 8 NFL betting. It wasn’t the return Steelers fans hoped for when news came out that their beloved starter was fit to come back and it puts their playoff bid into some jeopardy as they’re more likely than not to be thrust into the wildcard race.

Credit must be given to the Bengals for putting in a concentrated effort against Big Ben and holding him to just one touchdown pass in the game and forcing three interceptions. On the whole, Big Ben’s performance left much to be desired as he went for just 28-of-45 and 252 yards and finished with a low 23.3 QBR. Rust also played a factor in his first game back since injuring his knee in week 2 as evinced by his many overthrown passes, but he was having none of it in his post-game interview, not being best pleased with his performance.

It’s therefore unlikely that big Ben will be so out of sorts in week 9 when the Raiders roll into town. He should be sharper and more focused, raring to go and move his side a step closer to the postseason Promised Land. The Steelers injury list saw a key addition in week8 when Le’Veon Bell suffered an injury in the game to his MCL. Obviously, he’s going to be missed. But the Steelers have plenty of offensive weapons that can step up to the plate so it might not be as disastrous for our NFL picks as some NFL prognosticators would have you believe.

 

NFL Betting Verdict
To put it bluntly, we’re not entirely sold on the Raiders and believe they’ll have a much tougher time to compete against the Steelers in week 9 NFL betting. With an AFC wild card potentially on the line in this clash of contenders, Big Ben and the Steelers surely have the significant edge at home. They are 7-5-1 ATS at home with a 5.7-point winning margin since 2014 and 5-4 ATS with a 6-point winning margin as home favorites.

NFL Picks: Steelers -4.5 (-110) at bet365

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