The Pittsburg Steelers travel west to face an Oakland Raiders team that is still looking for Its fIrst win of the season.
Coach Mike Tomlin looks to have his Steelers ready to go Sunday afternoon as they have looked shaky on both sides of the ball the past two weeks, managing to split the last two games.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been asked to contribute more to the offense as the Steelers have had issues effectively running the ball combining to gain a meager 141 yards in both of those games. He seems to have stepped up in a big way recording a total of 520 passing yards with four touchdowns so far this year.
Experts do predict the Steelers to come out on top in today's meeting given that the Raiders are having even more trouble finding their offensive rhythm.
The Raiders top running back Darren McFadden is finding it hard to gain any yards on the ground behind an offensive line that has been porous at best. McFadden has averaged only 2.1 yards-per-carry so far this year while the entire team is rushing for a mere 2.0 ypc.
That translates into additional pressure for Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer who, having thrown for 670 yards so far this season, produced only two touchdowns and during last week's meeting against the Miami Dolphins completed less that 50 percent of his passes.
The one offensive bright spot for the Raiders so far this year has been tight-end Brandon Myers who has 151 receiving yards and is averaging 13.7 yards-per-catch.
The Raiders will also have to overcome the loss of cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell who are both out due to injury. The Steelers will look to take advantage of the Raiders weakened secondary.
Coverage for the game starts at 4:25 p.m. EST and can be watched online here.