Game of the Week

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5)

Raiders: 1-0, 1-0 ATS

Steelers: 1-0, 1-0 ATS

Despite Derek Carr's 56 pass attempts and 435 yards, the Raiders finished their wild win over the Ravens as just the 22nd ranked team in Week 1 in Real Quarterback Rating. The difference in that ranking and the raw passing numbers that Carr and the Raiders compiled, and the precarious nature of their actual win, underscores how Real QBR gives you a much more complete picture of the performance.

The fact that the Steelers ranked 24th in Real QBR after upsetting the Bills in Buffalo is also not a surprise. Pittsburgh won in Week 1 strictly because their defense ranked fifth in Defensive Real QBR, fifth in Defensive Rusher Rating, and fifth in Bendability.

Buffalo may not have the same offense as last season, but credit goes to the Steelers. That defense is for real, and it should perform much better against the Raiders than the Ravens did. The 435 passing yards is the most allowed by Baltimore since December 10, 2017, against the Steelers of all teams.

Don't expect to see a similar performance from Ben Roethlisberger. He insists his elbow feels great, and physically he does look to be in very good shape. But after Week 1, he's on pace to have the second-lowest yards per attempt and air yards per attempt of his career.

As for Carr, as big as his 435-yard passing number was, his completion percentage, yards per attempt, and air yards per attempt, were all down from his previous two seasons.

Las Vegas Raiders Analysis Pittsburgh Steelers
Value Rank Quality Stat Value Rank
12.62 10 Quality Stats Power Rankings 14.48 14
0% 5 Quality Standings 0% 8
14.88 12 Scoreability 10.96 4
15.04 19 Bendability 23.19 5
0.16 16 Intelligence Index 12.23 3
6.93 12 Real Passing Yds/Attempt 5.21 26
6.58 15 Defensive Real Passing Yds/Attempt 4.70 4
79.30 22 Real Quarterback Rating 68.09 24
67.18 6 Defensive Real Quarterback Rating 65.44 5
12.12 11 Real Quarterback Rating Differential 2.65 16
89.76 22 Offensive Passer Rating 83.67 24
98.32 16 Defensive Passer Rating 79.83 7
-8.56 19 Passer Rating Differential 3.84 16
11.00 12 Offensive Hog Index 13.67 18
11.67 13 Defensive Hog Index 13.33 17
0.00 1 Relativity Index 0.00 1
535 4 Total Team Yards 257 31
473 22 Total Team Yards Allowed 515 27
62 10 Total Team Yards Differential -258 30
157.80 2 Offensive Rusher Rating 72.37 21
106.81 22 Defensive Rusher Rating 59.35 5
50.99 4 Rusher Rating Differential 13.02 12