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For the first time in a long time, there will be a very meaningful game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Raiders are currently in first place in the AFC West with a record of 5-4. Oakland's last game came against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs, where they recorded a crucial, 23-20 overtime win.
Sunday's meeting with the Steelers is the Raiders' most difficult test of the season, as well as one of their most significant games.
Oakland is coming off a bye week and has had two weeks to prepare for this very tough road game. Darren McFadden has been excellent this season and should be fresh after getting some time to rest his hamstring.
If the Raiders can win in Pittsburgh, their chances of making the playoffs increase greatly. However, they still have road games in San Diego and Kansas City remaining on the schedule.
Last Sunday night,Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lighted up the Steelers’ defense. Since the return of Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh really has not played up to their potential.
Their only easy win came at home against the Cleveland Browns. They barely won (23-22) in Miami and were on the right end of an official's bad call. Pittsburgh also had trouble finishing out the Cincinnati Bengals and won by less than a touchdown.
Have the Steelers been overrated all season?
Oakland is the second best rushing team in the NFL, while Pittsburgh has the best rushing defense.
Pick: Oakland Raiders (Pittsburgh will be able to run the ball against Oakland, but Big Ben will struggle.)