2012 NFL Week Three Preivew – Pittsburgh at Oakland

It’s not exactly John Madden’s Raiders against Chuck Noll’s Steelers Sunday when the 2012 versions meet in Oakland. The Steelers got in the win column for the first time in 2012 Sunday vs the Jets, while the Raiders have limped to an 0-2 start.

If the Raiders want to avoid an 0-3 start on Sunday, they are going to need to start cranking up the run game, and start playing much tougher on D against one of the stronger QB’s in the game.

Raiders RB Darren McFadden has gotten off to a woeful start. The Raiders are is gaining an NFL-worst 2.0 yards per carry, and McFadden had just 22 yards on 11 attempts in last Sunday’s 35-13 loss at Miami.

If Oakland is going to make it competitive, it will start with the boys up front, and it also needs to come from McFadden, who will try to out perform Shone Green of the Jets, who was held to 23 yards on 11 carries. If he posts those types of numbers, this could be a blowout early.

“There’s a lot of things we got to do better,” coach Dennis Allen said. “We’re obviously not where we want to be as a football team. We have to continue to work to get better, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Allen’s strategy this week involved showing the film from the loss to the Dolphins to the entire team together.

“It’s not a fun meeting,” center Stefen Wisniewski said. “You don’t want to have too many meetings like that, with the whole team sitting, watching, watching an ugly film. But, you got to do that, in order to get better.”

Carson Palmer has plenty of experience against the Steelers (4-8 lifetime), and needs to avoid the mistakes that others make against Pittsburgh. Last week Mark Sanchez started hot vs Pittsburgh, but the Jets QB didn’t see the ball much in the second half, and when he did, he wasn’t very good.

Palmer needs to make sure and test the Steelers deep, and also use TE Brandon Myers, who leads the team so far with 151 yards through the air. Palmer and he seem to be starting to make a solid 1-2 punch.

The Raiders have to shore up the secondary, which isn’t going to be easy with injuries to the starting CB’s. Shawntae Spencer (sprained right foot) Ron Bartell (broken shoulder blade) are out. Pat Lee struggled last week, and Steelers receivers should be able to pick on the Raiders all day.

The Raiders have shown me little in the first two weeks, and now they play a Steelers team that looked awfully good last week vs the Jets. Their hope is that the Steelers offense makes a lot of mistakes, and I just can’t see that happening.

Again, the Raiders need to rush the ball with success, and need to stop Ben Roethlisberger and those WR’s. Won’t happen.

Pittsburgh 28 Oakland 10

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