The 2021 regular season is just around the corner and the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2. As the Steelers prepare for their home kick-off, it’s time for the BTSC staff to put on their forecasting hats and guess the winner of the competition.
Who comes closest We’ll keep track of things, so let’s make the selection. Check out the staff picks below and even a pick from a hostile guest!
Many predict the Steelers will blow up the Raiders, and while I would be happy with that result, I don’t see it that way. I think the Raiders, with Waller in the lead, will make this a close match. Ultimately, the Steelers’ defense will prove to be too much and the home team will go victorious, covering the 5.5 point margin.
Choose: Steelers 27, Raider 20
It is the Steelers’ defense that will keep the train moving. I was never entirely sure why this device wasn’t sold during the off-season, let alone with their other late-night additions. As long as the Steelers don’t have to score too many goals early in the season, they can be successful. I think the Steelers end up with the same number of points as they did last week, but the offense gets both touchdowns this time around.
Selection: Steelers 23 Raiders 13
Bryan Anthony Davis
By the time the Raiders have nine lives in 2021, they may have consumed them all in Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. That was a 2am win and I’m not so sure how impressive that really was. But the same could be said of the Steelers in Buffalo. I expect a win from black and gold, but not in an outlier.
Choose: Steelers 27, Raider 23
The Raiders achieve an emotional overtime victory, fly across the country and suffer injuries. Anything the Steelers way could go is for this game. There will be no excuse for the Steelers not to take care of business. You should win this game with ease.
Choose: Steelers 31, Raider 10
The Raiders tossed the ball 59 times against Baltimore last week. Meanwhile, the Steelers pounced on Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen when he fell back to drop by like flies at a picnic. Something has to give. The Vegas offensive line is crazy. If they can’t play the football, Carr will have a tough time against the Pittsburgh Pass Rush. That and a competent afternoon from the offensive gave the Steelers a 2-0 start.
Choose: Steelers 27, Raider 19
Neither offense does much in three quarters, but after Chris Boswell scores his second field goal of the game, Derek Carr does what Derek Carr does best and only puts the Raiders 7-6 ahead in the fourth quarter to see how Ben Roethlisberger Najee meets Harris for a long TD to win the game.
Choose: Steelers 13, Raiders 7
Rich Schofield (Big Bro Scho)
After shocking the world by defeating the Bills last week, the Steelers come home to play in front of Heinz Field fans. The defensive remains dominant and the offensive continues to build on its success in the second half of last week. The Raiders play hard and physically but in the end are no match for the Steelers.
Choose: Steelers 24, Raider 14
The Raiders always gave the Steelers seizures, especially when the Steelers had to travel to the west coast. This matchup takes place in Heinz Field’s friendly, for the first time since 2019 with a full stadium. A huge advantage for the Steelers.
The Raiders have a talented offensive led by Pro Bowl TE Darren Waller, but the Steelers’ elite pass rush will push QB Derek Carr into 2 or 3 turnovers that afternoon. The Steelers offensive will benefit from the resulting field position.
Choose: Steelers 27, Raider 23
The Raiders tend to be one of those teams that the Steelers might have trouble clearing away, but the depth in the offensive skill positions is going to be too much for Vegas’ secondary. Plus, the Raiders have completely rebuilt their offensive line this off-season, and the Steelers proved the strength of their pass rush last week. Expect Derek Carr to be on his back often.
Choose: Steelers 27, Raider 17
Bring the Vegas Raiders! While TJ Watt – who is not from this earth – cannot play in the UFO or giant robotic vacuum cleaner (depending on visual interpretation), he plays in his adopted home of Heinz Field and boy is this asteroid ready to leave an impact! The Raiders will worry the Steelers more than many might think, but the Black and Gold Defense will get one if not two defensive results to put this game out of reach for the most represented team among Australian NFL fans.
Choose: Steelers 30, Raider 17
Last week at Steelers Touchdown, under my co-host Matty and I, we picked every game during the 17-game season. Matty asked who will win the Las Vegas Raiders or the Pittsburgh Steelers. I quickly announced that the Steelers would win 45-0. A few days later, during the Scho Bro show with Dave and Rich, I confirmed what I said. As stupid as it sounds, I stand by my word and believe the Steelers will win big here. The Steelers must treat this opponent as a five-star matchup. However, if the Steelers show up like they did against the Bills, this offensive is ready to explode and the defense will take Derrick Carr’s ignition off.
Choose: Steelers 45, Raider 0
Will the Steelers overlook the Raiders? In all honesty, I don’t think they’re capable of overlooking anyone. Even if they were absolutely ready for this game, I still think that they are not loaded enough to necessarily win. But I think the Steelers will win. The Raiders come to town and miss some key players due to injuries. There is also the full range of cross-country flying for a 1pm game.
Choose: Steelers 21, Raider 17
Matt Holder (Silver and Black Pride Contributor)
If I come up from a win in Week 1, I’ll have to be a homer and go with the Raiders. I think it’s going to be an old fashion slug festival.
Choose: Raiders 20, Steelers 16
What’s your prediction? Let us know in the comments section below, and feel free to let the above contributors know why they are completely wrong or meet them!