Week 16 Preview: Las Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
With the regular season just months away, Sports Illustrated’s Raider Maven will preview all of the Las Vegas Raiders’ opponents.
Week 16 takes the Raiders on their final road trip to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.
New quarterback(s) in town
Pittsburgh Steelers made a few quarterback acquisitions this offseason after veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called it a career.
The eye-catching first-round grab of this year’s draft for the Steelers was quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Pickett is coming for a 2021 campaign setting an ACC single-season record with 42 touchdown passes. He threw just 39 touchdowns from 2017 to 2020 combined.
The guy is good and was a hot topic heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.
However, the main catch in the quarterback room the Steelers made was acquiring quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the offseason.
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Trubisky signed a two-year, $14.3 million contract that included a $5.25 million signing bonus.
While Trubisky only went 29-21 with the Chicago Bears between 2017 and 2020 and saw very limited playing time with the Buffalo Bills last season, the Steelers put cash and l ‘commitment.
It also looks like Trubisky will start this season after offensive guard Kevin Dotson told the media in May, “They pretty much already said Mitch was going to be number one. We’ll take what we have. We don’t care who is behind us in the end. We are going to play hard no matter who is behind us.
However, this is only week 1. When week 16 rolls around, who knows who will be under center?
Either way, the Raiders’ defense needs to attack that offensive line and pressure the quarterback, whether it’s Trubisky or Pickett.
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