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Las Vegas at Pittsburgh

December 7, 2003
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Premium Pick
4 units on Las Vegas +5 (-110) (risk 4 to return 7.64)

The Steelers’ season ended last week with a heart-breaking loss to Cincinnati. Their emotions won’t be in this game. Oakland has been out of playoff contention for weeks (they’re over it) and is playing better than they started the season. How will they react this week to their coach publicly calling them out? They could quit on him, or they will play hard. I am thinking it will be the latter. The natural reaction to someone calling your play poor is to try to prove him wrong. If Oakland can control their penalties, they can win games. Last week they gave Denver two first downs on stupid 4th down penalties. Both led to Denver scores. Statistically these teams are very close but I give the emotional edge to Oakland getting the points.


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