Steelers vs. Raiders: Writers' picks and predictions for crucial Week 3 matchup

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) celebrates the game winning touchdown with wide
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) celebrates the game winning touchdown with wide / Michael Longo/For USA Today Network /
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The Still Curtain Staff overwhelmingly has the Steelers winning in a close game

"The Steelers hit the road for the first time this season and will be playing a Raiders team that has also struggled offensively. Monday Night’s win was a huge confidence booster for Pittsburgh" - Cory Rogers (Steelers 24-17)

"The Steelers didn't show enough in their first two weeks to inspire much confidence. They face their easiest opponent yet, but Pittsburgh has struggled on the West Coast and against the Raiders. This offense is also abysmal, and I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel yet." - Andrew Falce (Raiders 20-10)

"Josh Jacobs and the Raiders ground game struggles again as the Steelers walk out of Las Vegas with a win. Kenny Pickett and the Steelers offense finally put together a more balanced performance." - Christopher Catalano (Steelers 24-17)

"The Pittsburgh Steelers squeaked out an ugly divisional win over the Browns in Week 2, but it required a pair of defensive touchdowns in order to get the job done. As bad as the offense has been in the first two weeks, Kenny Pickett and company now get a much more manageable task against the Raiders. I think Mike Tomlin rolls to his second straight victory, but don't expect a high-scoring affair." - Tommy Jaggi (Steelers 19-17)

"After getting a much need win in Week 2, the Steelers will find it difficult, but not impossible, to replicate the defensive performance turned in against the Browns. In another back and forth contest, the Steelers prevail on a last second Chris Boswell FG." - Eric C Hassel (Steelers 21-18)

"If bizarre football is going to continue to be on the menu for the Steelers, it might actually be a good thing. No one wins ugly like the Steelers. They'll do it again as the offense baby steps its improvements against the Las Vegas Raiders." - Jacob Harrison (Steelers 17-13)