The Pittsburgh Steelers emerged victorious on Monday Night Football in Week 2 against the Browns, but that might not have been possible without a pair of defensive scores from T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. Mike Tomlin is going to take every win how he can get it, but he understands that the defense won't be able to bail the offense out of a jam every time.
This week, the Steelers get a rematch of the Christmas Eve game last year against the Raiders in primetime football. This vintage game has big implications as one AFC team will fall to 1-2 while the other will advance to 2-1. While the Steelers are coming off a win, Las Vegas is coming off a humiliating loss, and they are going to be seeking redemption in Week 3.
Kenny Pickett knows he needs to step up his game this week as the Steelers offense looks for its identity. Pittsburgh will again be without Diontae Johnson and Cameron Heyward, while eight total names were added to the injury report this week.
Even with their sloppy play over the first two games, Pittsburgh is still in the thick of things in the AFC North as they are only a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens for the division lead. This will be another big game that could vault the Steelers higher or cause them to slip lower in the AFC. Here's everything you need to know.
Steelers vs. Raiders Game Time:
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders are set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday Night Football. This will be the second straight primetime game for Mike Tomlin's team, and all eyes will be on Kenny Pickett and the offense on SNF.
Steelers vs. Raiders Location:
After two straight home games to open up the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will play on the road against the Raiders in Week 3. The game will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas Nevada. Interestingly, the Steelers have lost four straight games when playing the Raiders on the West Coast (though these games were previously played in Oakland).
Steelers vs. Raiders Streaming and TV:
The Steelers vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football game will be broadcast nationally on NBC. Viewers should be able to watch via their local NBC cable channel. For those looking to stream the game, you can do so with a subscription to YouTube TV or NFL+. However, we recommend using FuboTV.
Steelers vs. Raiders Odds:
The Pittsburgh Steelers open Week 3 as 2.5-point underdogs against the Las Vegas Raiders, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Pittsburgh has a moneyline of +120 and the over/under point total for this game is set at 43.0.
What to Watch for in Steelers vs. Raiders Game:
Without Diontae Johnson in Week 2, the offense struggled for the second straight game to open the season. However, this team appears to have issues rooted more deeply than the absence of one receiver. Pittsburgh's offensive line has been in shambles, and Kenny Pickett has played poorly early in the year.
After knotting up their record at 1-1 on the season, Pittsburgh will look to advance to a winning record for the first time this season. In order to do so, they will need to get past a desperate Raiders team. Neutralizing one of the league's most talented pass rushers in Maxx Crosby will be key.
If you take away Pittsburgh's defensive scores against the Browns, their offense is managing a dismal 9.5 points per game entering Week 3. Steelers fans should be looking for noticeable improvement from a lifeless offense this week on Sunday Night Football.