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

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The Steelers offense continues to regress

I’m looking at the first two weeks of the season, and I have to wonder if it can get any worse for this Steelers offense. Through two weeks, they are one of the worst-performing units in the league, as both their run and passing schemes have been ineffective. On top of this, the Raiders boast a very beatable defense, so the odds seem likely for a turnaround.

Perhaps it is the Raiders, who the Steelers always seem to struggle against. Add in the fact that this is a road game in the West on a slightly short week and I’m nervous. On top of all of this, I have lost a lot of faith in both Kenny Pickett and Matt Canada, and I’m not sure when the rebound will happen.

The playcalling has been lackluster and is the talk of the town. From “fire Canada” chants to just about everyone raving that he is the sole problem of this offense, I have almost no confidence that he can call an efficient game.

And then there is Pickett. He is a far more divisive name, as some seem to want him benched while the majority attribute all of his struggles to the aforementioned offensive coordinator. That said, Pickett has looked horrible so far this season. He seemed to play worse in week two as well, signaling a potential for further regression.

On paper, this offense should play well against the Raiders. The run game should be able to take the reigns and the secondary lends itself to exploitation. All of the factors above make me think that this won’t be the week for a true rebound though.