The Oakland Raiders face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that has analysts talking AFC wildcard implications. The NFL week 9 betting line has the Steelers as 4.5-point favorites to beat the Raiders. Kick-off is scheduled for this Sunday, November 8th at 1:00 PM on CBS.
A Closer Look At Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 9 Odds & My Betting Analysis
What: Oakland Raiders (4-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
When: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Weather: 51° F | Sprinkles Early
Spread: Steelers -4.5
Moneyline: Raiders (+180) V Steelers (-220)
Game Total: 48
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Oakland vs Pittsburgh
If You Are Betting On The Oakland Raiders Odds At +4.5
The Oakland Raiders are 4-3 straight up and against the spread so far this season. They average 25.4 points (8th), 265.6 passing yards (10th) and 99.7 rushing yards (20th) per game. Last week, the young and hungry upset the defensive minded Jets by a 34-20 score.
This season, QB Derek Carr has thrown for 1793 yards, 15 touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 65.5% of his passes. He has a 105.7 rating and is showing signs of becoming the first franchise QB for the team since Rich Gannon. He is coming of his best game of the season, where he torched Revis Island. He finished with 333 yards passing and four touchdowns.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 5, 2015
Rookie WR Amari Cooper (38 rec, 565 yards, 3 TDs) and Michael Crabtree (40 rec, 483 yards, 3 TDs) have combined to become a great pass-catching duo for Carr. RB Marcel Reece (20 rec, 203 yards, 3 TDs) has helped catching the ball out of the outfield.
RB Latavius Murray (115 att, 534 yards, 3 TDs) is the Raiders top rusher. He averages 4.6 yards per carry and 76.3 yards per game.
Oakland’s defense allows 24.7 points (18th), 302.0 passing yards (31st), 82.9 rushing yards (2nd) per game. Malcolm Smith leads the team with 56 tackles, Khalil Mack has four tackles and Charles Woodson leads the league with five interceptions.
If You Are Betting On The Pittsburgh Steelers Odds At -4.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-4 straight up and 4-2-2 against the spread, so far this season. They average 21.0 points (22nd), 223.4 passing yards (21st) and 125.8 rushing yards (9th) per game. They lost a close game at home by a 16-10 score to AFC North rival Bengals.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (1174 yards, 5 TDs & 5 INTs) returned to action after missing three games with a sprained knee. He looked uncomfortable and wasn’t his mobile self. Big Ben completed 28 of 45 passes for 262 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions against the Bengals.
WR Antonio Brown (52 rec, 718 yards, 3 TDs) scored again last week. His first since week two. TE Heath Miller (27 rec, 273 yards, 1 TD) is Big Ben’s favorite short yardage target. WRs Markus Wheaton (13 rec, 257 yards, 1 TD) and Martavis Bryant (13 rec, 231 yards, 3 TDs) should improve as does the their QB’s knee.
Last week’s season ending injury to top rusher Le’Veon Bell (113 att, 556 yards, 3 TDs) is devastating and could cause the Steelers another playoff run. His backup DeAngelo Williams (63 att, 310 yards, 3 TDs) opened the season as the starter when Bell was suspended. Williams will start the rest of the way with newly signed Isaiah Pead.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 1, 2015
Pittsburgh’s defense allows 18.4 points (5th), 270 passing yards (26th), 97.0 rushing yards (8th) per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the team with 58 tackles, Bud Dupree has four sacks and Antwon Blake has seven passes deflected.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Oakland Raiders 5-6-1 On Road since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 7-5-1 At Home since last season
- Oakland Raiders 5-6-1 When Line was 46.5 to 49.5 since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 6-3 When Line was 46.5 to 49.5 since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 1-3 O-U At Home this season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 this season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-7 O-U When Line was 46.5 to 49.5 since last season
The Raiders are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a SU win, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games in Week 9, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS win, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in November, and 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. AFC.
The Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 9, 10-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in November and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
My NFL Week 9 Betting Pick: Raiders 4.5
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Oakland: Nate Allen, Benson Mayowa, Korey Toomer.
- Pittsburgh: Le`Veon Bell.