Steel­ers (7-4-1) at Raiders (2-10)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Week 14 Matchups - Mar­cus Mosher

Sun­day, 4:25 p.m. ET, Oak­land Alameda Coli­seum, Oak­land, Calif.

TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 121⁄2

Steel­ers’ keys to vic­tory: Pitts­burgh is the more tal­ented team, so it just needs to play its game and avoid penal­ties and turnovers. But QB Ben Roeth­lis­berger has strug­gled to pro­tect the ball this sea­son, and it has led to a few un­nec­es­sary losses. If he can take care of the ball, he should be able to have a mon­ster day against the Raiders’ young sec­ondary. On de­fense, the key to stop­ping the Raiders is to get pres­sure on QB Derek Carr. Oak­land’s offen­sive line has been a prob­lem, and it has se­verely hurt the play of their fran­chise quar­ter­back.

Raiders’ keys to vic­tory: The Raiders will be se­verely out­matched. To keep this game close, they are go­ing to need to cre­ate a few turnovers and shorten the game. Carr is ac­cu­rate, but he has strug­gled on third down at times this sea­son. Ex­pect the Raiders to fea­ture RB Jalen Richard a lot in the pass­ing game to move the chains. On de­fense, ex­pect the Raiders to blitz of­ten to try to cre­ate turnovers. Oak­land strug­gles to get sacks with its front four and will need to be ex­otic in its rushes to dis­rupt the Steel­ers’ offense.

Matchup to watch: WR Antonio Brown vs. CB Gareon Con­ley. Since the trade dead­line, Con­ley has been one of the best cor­ner­backs in the league. Con­ley has the ath­leti­cism and length to stay with Brown but is still raw in his tech­nique. A draw would be a mas­sive vic­tory for Con­ley.

Who wins? While the Raiders have given the Mike Tom­lin-led Steel­ers some trou­ble, ex­pect Pitts­burgh to pull away early.

Steel­ers, 35-14 Steel­ers STEEL­ERS SCHED­ULE

T at Cleve­land 21-21 (OT) L ...... KansasCity ...... 42-37 W ... at Tampa Bay ... 30-27 L ....... Bal­ti­more ....... 26-14 W ......... At­lanta ......... 41-17 W .... at Cincin­nati .... 28-21 Oct.21 ............. Bye ............. W ...... Cleve­land ...... 33-18 W ..... at Bal­ti­more ..... 23-16 W ........ Carolina ........ 52-21 W .......... at Jax .......... 20-16 L ....... at Den­ver ....... 24-17 L .... L.A. Charg­ers .... 33-30 Dec. 9 ... at Oak­land ... 8:20 Dec. 16 New Eng­land 4:25 Dec. 23 at New Orlns 4:25 Dec. 30 ...... Cincin­nati ...... 1

L ............ Rams ............ 33-13 L ........ atDen­ver ........ 20-19 L ......... at Mi­ami ......... 28-20 W ...Cleve­land ...45-42 (OT) L .. at L.A. Charg­ers ..26-10 L... Seat­tle (Lon­don) ...27-3 Oct. 21 .............. Bye .............. L ...... In­di­anapo­lis ...... 42-28 L ....... atSanFran . ....... 34-3 L ...... L.A. Charg­ers ...... 20-6 W ....... atAri­zona ....... 23-21 L ...... at Bal­ti­more ...... 34-17 L ....... Kansas City ....... 40-33 Dec. 9 .... Pitts­burgh .... 8:20 Dec. 16 .... at Cincin­nati .... 1 Dec.24 ...... Den­ver ...... 8:15 Dec. 30 ...at Kansas City ...1

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