With another action-packed Sunday underway, we end the day with a solid Sunday Night Football matchup with 1-1 AFC teams squaring off. Not to the surprise of many, the Las Vegas Raiders’ offense has struggled to get things going early on this season. The Raiders are tied with the lowest points per game in the NFL. On the other side, the Steelers aren’t much better at 26th, but we may just need to throw away their embarrassing Week 1 loss that saw them score only seven. Despite the poor offensive production from both clubs, I expect some scoring opportunities to come on Sunday Night Football. With that comes touchdowns, and the train is ready to run it up! We’ll be here all season long, giving our 2023 NFL predictions.
Here is a look at the Vegas NFL odds for Sunday Night Football. The current odds for this matchup have the total set at 43 points, and surprisingly, the Raiders are three-point favorites. These defenses have struggled through the first two weeks, as the Steelers have allowed 26 points per game and the Raiders 27.
Both teams could easily be 0-2 coming into Week 3 as both sides have struggled to run the ball, and the defenses have been pushed around. This might not be a marquee matchup between big-name quarterbacks, but it promises to be entertaining as one side looks to establish some playoff hopes this season. Steeler fans have been clamoring for offensive coordinator Matt Canada to be fired, and the Raiders have been flat-out terrible on both sides of the ball. Something’s got to give on Sunday night.
If you are new here, you’ll need to know that I will always play this game smart. We’re not going to shoot blindly and throw noodles at the wall to see if they stick just because a player’s odds are long to score. The research I’ve done will always back up my anytime touchdown picks.
I’ve narrowed down the best options for anytime touchdown scorers for you here on Sunday Night Football. Let’s get to the best anytime touchdown picks for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers. Best of luck if you tail!
Josh Jacobs -126 *BANKER – 2 Units*
Josh Jacobs has been that dude and, frankly, still is that dude! He is still seeing elite usage, and I give credit to some better-than-average defenses the Raiders have faced in Weeks 1 and 2 for his poor showings. His role in the passing game is extremely relevant, with 21 percent targets per route run in Week 1 and 27 percent targets per route run in Week 2. He scored in 5 of 8 games he played at home last season. Jacobs had three games last season that saw him score multiple touchdowns. I think he’s worth a sprinkle to find the end zone twice on Sunday night at juicy NFL anytime touchdown odds.
The Steelers’ defense hasn’t exactly been the Steel Curtain against the rush since last season, and so far in 2023, they are allowing a league-high 5.6 yards per rushing play! We nearly saw Jerome Ford step in and score twice on Monday night if it wasn’t for an insane hustle play from Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers defensive line will be without standout tackle Cam Heyward for about two more months, leaving a massive hole up the middle in their defense. The only hesitation has been the Raiders inability to establish the run through the first two weeks, but again, I give credit to their opponents. With Raider Nation behind them in their home opener at Allegiant Stadium, we should expect a significant improvement for the Raiders run game.
George Pickens +179
The Raiders’ defense has allowed opponents to either reach the red zone or score a touchdown before they get inside the 20-yard line at a league-high 66.7% of drives!
They have allowed a league-high completion rate and the second-highest passing touchdown rate through the season’s first two weeks. The Raiders have also yielded a league-high 84% catch rate to wide receivers.
This is all outstanding news for one coming out party on National TV for George Pickens. I expect my two close friends, who happen to be Steeler fans attending the game on Sunday night, to approve this message. The second-year wide receiver led Pittsburgh with a massive 34.5% target share in the Steelers Week 2 win and scored a long touchdown.
Pickens was the Steelers second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft out of Georgia. I fully expect he will become a household name after Sunday night. In Week 16 last season, he had five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. At 6 feet 3, Pickens possesses the size and physicality to be a strong presence in the red zone for Kenny Pickett. Dating back to last season, he has scored in three of his last five games, and I expect that number to be four of six after Sunday night!
Raiders vs Steelers Best Anytime TD Scorer Bets
- Josh Jacobs -126 *BANKER – 2 Units*
- George Pickens +179