5 reasons the Steelers will beat Raiders on Sunday

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the snap during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The Black and Gold surprised the Bills last week at Orchard Park. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers host the unpredictable Las Vegas Raiders.

Mike Tomlin’s team comes off a surprising 23-16 victory over the defending AFC East champions at Buffalo. Now the club returns for its home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. The teams had a legendary rivalry in the 1970s and it’s the only series in NFL history where two clubs met in the playoffs five consecutive years.

But that was then and this is now. And this Week 2 match-up at Heinz Field has both teams coming off wins over 2020 playoff teams.

5. Lessons learned from last meeting

Back in 2018 at Oakland, Mike Tomlin’s team took it on the chin against Jon Gruden’s team, 24-21. The game-winning touchdown came with 21 seconds to play as Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr led an eight-play, 75-yard drive which culminated with a four-yard touchdown toss to tight end Derek Carrier. The resilient signal-caller overcame four sacks and one lost fumble to throw for 322 yards and a pair of scores.

It’s worth noting that the home team has prevailed in the last five meetings between the teams dating back to 2010 – three of those games at Oakland and two at Pittsburgh. The Steelers are hosting the Silver and Black for the first time since 2015.

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