4 bold predictions for the Steelers vs. Raiders in Week 3

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The Steelers enter week three as one of the least confident 1-1 teams I have seen in a long time. Sure, they rebounded and found a way to win in week two, but it certainly wasn’t pretty, as the offense failed to inspire any hope. The defense came up in a big way, but it is hard to imagine them reproducing that output this week.

Thankfully, the Raiders don’t post a huge threat either, as they have also struggled to find their footing this season. If you read Ryan’s weekly thread on what us writers think will happen though, you already know how I see this game going. With that said, here are my four bold predictions for the Steelers Sunday night game against the Raiders.

George Pickens doesn’t stop for the Steelers

The Steelers offense, as a whole, has been pathetic this season. The lone bright spot has been George Pickens. While the second-year receiver struggled in week one both statistically and in the mental sphere, he more than delivered last week. He was the only good thing about this unit on Monday.

I don’t expect that to change this week. Pickens will still be the top receiver for this offense and with good reason. While I’m not confident that this is the rebound week for the offense, I do think Pickens continues his strong start to his second season. He has another 100-yard game, finds the endzone, and reproduces a few of his incredible grabs that have been lacking from this season so far.