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NorthBet NFL Expert Pick – Oakland Raiders At Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by Brett Nielson on 11/20/2010 1:41:04 PM

The Oakland Raiders have a chance to claim first place in the AFC West division by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers this NorthBet NFL expert pick Sunday.

(5-4) Oakland Raiders at (6-3) Pittsburgh Steelers
Live from Heinz Field – PA
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST Sunday, November 21, 2010
Broadcast: CBS

NorthBet NFL Expert Pick
Oakland Raiders +7
Pittsburgh Steelers -7
Total 41.5

No matter which way you slice it, the heart and soul of the Raiders’ this NorthBet season has been their running game.

Oakland ranks 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards, with over 160 per game, largely due to the emergence of 23-year-old running back Darren McFadden.

Thanks to his consistent and brilliant performances this NFL expert pick season, the third-year pro has solidified himself as a top-5 running back in nearly every statistic.

He is averaging 108.1 yards per game (first in the NFL), while at the same time gaining 5.4 yards per carry (second in the league). McFadden also has 8 carries this season of more than 20 yards, just two behind the leader, New York Giants Ahmad Bradshaw.

Keep in mind that McFadden missed Weeks 5 and 6 because of a hamstring injury he sustained against the Houston Texans in Week 4.

Now, despite all the praise I just gave Darren McFadden, he’ll have his most difficult test of the season against Pittsburgh this NFL expert pick weekend.

The Steelers currently hold the first-place ribbon for halting talented running backs.

In Week 1, Pittsburgh limited Michael Turner to 42 rushing yards and no scores. The following week, they kept Chris Johnson to 34 yards and no touchdowns. In Week 4, Pittsburgh gave up just 20 yards to Ray Rice and no scores. The list just goes on and on for the Steelers.

Their first-ranked defense is the biggest reason why they sit atop of the AFC North Bet division. Expect Raiders’ Darren McFadden to suffer a similar fate against the Steel Curtain.

And with McFadden useless in this NorthBet matchup, I don’t see Oakland’s 21st-ranked passing offense getting it done against the Steelers in Heinz Field.

Brett’s Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers: 24 Oakland Raiders: 13

NFL Expert Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)


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