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Raiders Steelers Game Review

The Raiders didn’t even get on the flight to Pittsburgh.  Whether it was because of over-confidence of winning 4 out their last 5 games or the success they had against the Steelers last year, they didn’t do any of the things that has made them successful this year.  This is the first game since the Tennessee game where they just weren’t in it from the get go.  Let’s review.

Win the Line of Scrimmage

Not at all.  They only rushed for 61 yards while allowing 162 yards rushing, and Pittsburgh brought pressure to the tune of 6 sacks and 5 other QB hits.  When they had a chance to make plays, both Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski were inaccurate that led to 2 int’s and 0 td’s.  While the slap that Richard Seymour did to Big Ben was great, it ended any chance the DL had in the game.

DMC outduels Mendenhall

Nope.  DMC accounted for just 30 total yards, and while Mendenhall only had 59 yards total yards, he did get into the end zone.  The Raiders were not clever in getting the ball into DMC’s hands in space including not running a Wildcat formation.  The Steelers are just stubborn about allowing anyone to run on them.

Know the Turf

Eh.  Didn’t come into any affect except that the Steelers kept the Raiders in their side of the field all game.

Win the Turnover Battle

Nope.  They lost it 3 to 1, and would have been worse if not for the penalties that the Steelers kept incurring.

As when they played the Titans, acknowledge that you were beaten by a better team and move on.  The Steelers are better than the Raiders right now, and the Raiders have to recognize they are a 5-5 team that is only 1-4 on the road.  Get focused on a winnable game at home against the Dolphins and let this one go.

Steelers 35 Raiders 3


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