NFL Prime Time Best Bet Picks and Parlay Week 3: PIT Steelers vs LV Raiders

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Welcome to The Bet Club an enticing Sunday Night Football showdown, the Pittsburgh Steelers lock horns with the Las Vegas Raiders in the vibrant setting of Sin City. Both teams arrive at this clash with matching 1-1 records, but the Raiders are reeling from a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills, conceding a whopping 38 points and struggling to halt the Bills’ ground game, surrendering 183 rushing yards. Fortunately for the Raiders, they face a Steelers offense struggling to ignite their run game, ranking as the second-worst team in rushing yards and averaging less than 50 yards per game on the ground. Najee Harris needs to step up to alleviate the pressure on young quarterback Kenny Pickett. Winning consecutive games becomes quite challenging when a team struggles to establish a ground attack, and the Raiders should exploit this vulnerability in the Steelers’ offense.

The Raiders boast a robust offensive unit led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and star receiver Davante Adams. While Josh Jacobs has had a sluggish start on the ground this season, averaging just 1.6 yards per carry, this matchup offers him the opportunity to break out. Facing a Pittsburgh run defense that has surrendered the most rushing yards at the start of the season, Jacobs should find running lanes and, in turn, open up the play-action pass for Garoppolo to target Davante Adams or Jakobi Meyers downfield.

Best NFL Bet

My confidence lies with Jimmy G and the Raiders to deliver a strong performance and cover the spread this week.

Best Bet of the Day: Raiders -2.5 available at the time of publishing. Playable up to -3.

NFL Game Total Prediction: Over 43.0 (-110)

In a clash between two struggling defenses, the over is the prudent choice, and there’s no need to overthink it. Both of these teams feature porous run defenses, likely to yield numerous big plays and opportunities for long touchdowns. Brock Purdy tormented the Steelers’ pass defense in Week 1, and I anticipate Jimmy Garoppolo replicating that success here. The Steelers’ defense faces a daunting task in trying to contain both Davante Adams in the air and Josh Jacobs on the ground. I foresee the Vegas team putting up 24 points on their own.

The Steelers also possess playmakers of their own. While Najee Harris has had a slow start, he remains one of the premier running backs in the league and should find success on the ground. This, in turn, will allow Kenny Pickett to pass the ball more efficiently and with reduced pressure. Expect a high-scoring Sunday Night Football affair, and I’m taking the over.

Over 43 available at the time of publishing. Playable at this number.

NFL Same Game Parlay Selection

What better way to celebrate a nationally televised primetime game than by crafting a Same Game Parlay? Here’s what I’ve concocted for the occasion:

  • Las Vegas Raiders -9.5 alternate spread (+260)
  • Josh Jacobs to rush for 125+ yards (+470)
  • Same Game Parlay odds: +926

This two-leg Steelers vs. Raiders Same Game Parlay offers enticing odds north of 9/1 with FanDuel Sportsbook. Let’s delve into the details:

NFL Pick: Las Vegas Raiders -9.5 Alternate Spread over Pittsburgh Steelers (+260)

We kick off this same game parlay with the Raiders on an alternate spread. The Steelers’ offense has struggled mightily this season, making them an attractive target for an alternate spread. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has drawn rightful criticism for his play-calling, and Kenny Pickett has shown no signs of making a sophomore leap; if anything, he appears to have regressed. Pickett has tossed three interceptions in two games, averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt, and suffered seven sacks. The ground game hasn’t fared much better, accumulating a mere 96 total rushing yards thus far. While Pittsburgh secured a win over the Browns last week, it was more a result of Cleveland’s ineptitude than any exceptional performance by the Steelers. In Week 1, they were soundly defeated by the 49ers, and their struggles in pass protection against the Browns indicate that Maxx Crosby could have a field day. The Raiders, despite a loss to the Bills on the road last week, showcased a strong performance the previous week with a road win over Denver.

NFL Pick: Josh Jacobs to Rush for 125+ Yards (+470)

This selection is closely tied to the first leg of our same game parlay. If Josh Jacobs has a substantial impact on the ground, it significantly boosts our chances of covering the Raiders’ -9.5 alternate spread. Jacobs has experienced a slow start in the first couple of games, providing an opportunity to buy low here. He remains a back who rushed for 1,653 yards last season. Jacobs registered five games with 140+ rushing yards last year, demonstrating his immense potential. Pittsburgh’s vulnerable run defense was evident as they allowed Nick Chubb to average 6.4 yards per carry before he was sidelined due to injury. Jerome Ford, Chubb’s backup, replaced him and continued to exploit Pittsburgh’s run defense, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and rushing for 106 yards after taking over midway through the game. Jacobs has a sky-high ceiling, and the Raiders will likely emphasize the running game to avoid the pressure exerted by TJ Watt and the Steelers’ pass rush.

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