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Football Gambling - Raiders at Steelers

Football gambling respect is growing for the upstart Oakland Raiders as they have emerged as a legitimate NFL betting contender in the AFC playoff race.
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Football gambling handicappers were troubled by the pathetic play of the Pittsburgh Steelers last week on the NBC Sunday Night stage as they looked like a NFL betting playoff pretender.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday with a telecast on CBS set to kickoff at 1:05 PM Eastern Time.  Sports-Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 7.5 point home favorite and with a total of 41.5.

The Oakland Raiders are in a first place tie with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West with a record of 5-4 straight up and 6-3 with the NFL gambling odds as 6 of their games have gone over the total.  The Raiders are coming off a bye week that followed a 23-20 come from behind over time home payout over Kansas City.

Since getting back the starting job at quarterback Jason Campbell has emerged as a solid and clutch leader that has sparked the Oakland offense to rank 7th in the NFL for scoring.  The defense has also shown vast improvement and ranks 6th overall in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a record of 6-3 straight up and 5-4 with the NFL gambling lines as 5 of their games have gone over the total.  Pittsburgh is in a first place tie with Baltimore in the AFC North.

The Steelers are coming off an embarrassing 39-26 home loss to the New England Patriots last week on NBC Sunday Night Football for their second loss in three games.  The Steelers have failed to get the money in 3 of their last 4 games and have gone over the total in 4 of their last 5 matchups.

Despite last week’s subpar performance the Steelers rank 5th in the NFL for points allowed while ranking 24th for scoring offense.  Rashard Mendenhall has rushed for 752 yards while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a 97.1 quarterback rating with a 9/4 touchdown/interception ratio.

Mike Wallace is a breakaway receiving threat with 21.4 yards per catch and 7 TD’s.

This will be something of a “prove it” football gambling matchup for both teams as the Raiders will have a tough task in facing a host that was humbled as a favorite last week on the national stage.