Steelers vs. Raiders: 3 things to know about Pittsburgh's important Week 3 matchup

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While only Week 3, this is a crucial game for both teams

This has all the makings of a "get right" game...for both teams.

The Steelers should be able to get their putrid offense going against one of the worst defenses in football. The Raiders defense doesn't have a single turnover and has allowed their opponents to score on 60 percent of their possessions thus far, the worst mark by far in the NFL.

Las Vegas allowed Denver quarterback Russell Wilson and Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen to complete 81.7 percent of their passes (58-of-71) for 433 yards and five touchdowns (second-most in the league) in its first two games.

Along the way, the Raiders have just three passes defended and have allowed a quarterback rating of 116.6 (second-worst in the NFL), so Steelers' quarterback Kenny Pickett should be raring to go in an attempt to break out of his early-season slump.

Pittsburgh obviously doesn't have one of the worst defenses in football, as evidenced by the game-changing performance in the win over Cleveland. But statistically speaking, the Steelers do have the worst run defense.

Through two games, the Steelers rank last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (386), rushing yards allowed per game (193), and rushing yards per attempt (5.6). So, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is surely salivating at the thought of going against Pittsburgh this week.

The Steelers' defense has done a decent job limiting their opponent's passing game. San Francisco's Brock Purdy and Cleveland's Deshaun Watson combined to complete just 59.4 percent (41-of-69) of their passes during the first two contests. That completion percentage ranks sixth-best in the NFL.


Pittsburgh has allowed opponents a quarterback rating of just 87.5 (14th-best in the NFL) and just three touchdown passes through two games, The Steelers have also broken up 13 passes, tied for the third in the league.

So, on paper, it looks like the Steelers will have a huge opportunity to get their offense on track. Meanwhile, the Raiders will likely try to establish their running game and set up Garoppolo's play-action passing game.

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