Rivalry renewed: Raiders, Steelers square off after opening season with upset wins

A classic NFL rivalry is restored when the Raiders travel to take on the Steelers — and the game may even have a throwback feel heavy on defense and rushing offense, or at least more of one than anticipated. The current over/under total of 47 points is the smallest line in a Raiders’ game since 2019. Pittsburgh was tabbed to have one of the NFL’s best defenses for the second year in a row and lived up to the expectation in a 23-17 Week 1 upset of the Buffalo Bills. Las Vegas, meanwhile, gave up more yards and points in a 33-27 overtime win over Baltimore but came up with several key stops and other big plays in its debut under defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Neither Pittsburgh nor Las Vegas ran the ball as much or as well as they hoped in Week 1, but both sides have been vocal about wanting to be run-first teams. The Steelers took Alabama running back Najee Harris in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, while the Raiders turn to Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber to fill in for the injured Josh Jacobs. […]

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