The Pittsburgh Steelers have had some big games, including last week’s 26-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
That game featured a pair of touchdowns from James Harrison.
Here’s what to watch in Oakland on Saturday, with the Raiders playing the Steelers on Thursday Night Football.
Ahead of the game The Steelers are facing the Raiders on Thursday night, and a pair or three of touchdowns in the first quarter will do the trick.
The Raiders have been one of the better defenses in the league in recent years, and this is their first road game since a Week 5 bye.
The Raiders’ offense will be up to speed and ready for a tough day at the office.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had three catches for 66 yards against the Raiders, but he’ll need to show some more consistency if he wants to keep up with the Steelers.
Brown was limited in the preseason, but has looked good in the past two games, catching seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in his last two appearances.
Kelvin Benjamin is a big target for the Steelers, who rank fourth in the NFL with 14.5 yards per catch, which is good for second in the conference behind the Oakland Lions.
Benjamin had a solid preseason, and his target totals have been great.
The Steelers should be able to exploit Benjamin in a big way.
Benjamin caught five passes for 69 yards in the Raiders’ Week 4 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That performance set the tone for a dominant night against the Lions.
Ben Benjamin caught 5 passes for 59 yards in Week 4 against the Tampa, which was the first time in the last five years that the Lions were without Calvin Johnson, who played in a career-high 81 games last season.
The Lions defense will be even better this year, with top corner Darius Slay and secondary coordinator James Carpenter.
Slay was targeted on eight of the Raiders 16 targets, but his two touchdowns were the most in the game.
Slay also had a nice one-handed grab on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Carpenter and Slay have a great rapport, and they’ll need it if the Steelers want to have any chance against the Oakland defense.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew and running back Ameer Abdullah will be the Steelers’ best weapons against the team they beat last year, the Detroit Lions.
Abdullah had four catches for 72 yards in last year’s loss, but this will be a chance for the Lions to start the season in great form.
Both Pettigream and Abdullah had good games in the Lions’ Week 2 win over Buffalo, but they’ll have to step up in Week 3.
Pettigroyre’s target totals were down in the final week of the season, but Abdullah had a career night.
Pettigs number one target was running back Isaiah Crowell, who had a touchdown.
The running back has played well this year for the Browns, who ranked fourth in rushing offense last season with 5,937 yards and fifth in points scored with 24.9 per game.
The Browns have a strong pass defense, which will help Pettigrey.
The former Browns first-round pick will need to be able do more damage on the ground, and Abdullah should be a threat.
After two solid preseason performances, the Steelers have a lot to prove against the Vikings on Thursday.
The Vikings are coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos, and their defense has struggled.
It will be interesting to see how the Steelers can adjust and get the offense moving in the second half of the preseason.