The Steelers are coming off their longest losing streak in the Mike Tomlin era. They are zero for their last three. That sucks. Not only did the Steelers lose to two division opponents over the last three weeks but they also lost to the Chiefs. Yes, the Chiefs. What a joke.
This is a new week and we have a new opponent. This week its the Oakland Raiders. I know I can sit here and say the Steelers will not lose this game, but look what happened when we did that against the Chiefs. PA alum Bruce Gradkowski will start for the Raiders, which is confusing because J. Russel has been playing so well for them this year. I mean wouldn't you want this stat line for your starting QB?
I know I would.
Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17 (OT)
Passing: Dixon: 12/26, 145 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Mendenhall: 24 car, 95 yards
Receiving: Holmes: 6 rec, 74 yards
Dallas 24, Oakland 7
Passing: Gradkowski: 18/35, 200 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: Fargas: 12 carries 63 yards
Receiving: Miller: 5 rec, 73 yards
Offense (rank in NFL)
Pittsburgh: 372.4 yards/game (9th)
Oakland: 234.4 yards/game (31st)
Pittsburgh: 257 yards/game (8th)
Oakland: 130.1 yards/game (32nd)
Pittsburgh: 115.4 yards/game (15th)
Oakland: 104.3 yards/game (20th)
Pittsburgh: 22.5 points/game (15th)
Oakland: 10.5 points/game (32nd)
Pittsburgh: 288.4 yards/game (2nd)
Oakland: 376.9 yards/game (28th)
Pittsburgh: 74.9 yards/game (1st)
Oakland: 161.1 yards/game (27th)
Pittsburgh: 213.5 yards/game (13th)
Oakland: 215.8 yards/game (17th)
Pittsburgh: 18.5 points/game (9th)
Oakland: 23.5 points/game (23rd)
The Raiders are led by their fearless leader Al Davis.
Looking as this picture why would you really want to go play there. I now understand why Richard Seymour didn't want to play there.
What a joke
Like I said Bruce Gradkowski is the starting QB for the Raiders. You have to think that being the starting QB for the Raiders is one of the worst jobs in the nation. Tom Brady couldn't do shit with them. I started thinking that this may be why Jamarcus Russel is so bad, but then reality slapped me in the face and made me realize that he is really that bad.
The Steelers will have to worry about this though, Randy Moss and Tim Brown, they can make things happen with even the worst QB's:
Oh what? They don't play there anymore? Oh, well in that case...
Darren McFadden was supposed to be the next thing when the Raiders drafted him number one overall two years ago. He has 63 carries and 205 yards this year. Can it really get much worse for the Raiders?
Then you bring this up with Raider fans and they might try and argue with you and make you think that 1) It never happened or 2) It was an illegal play.
But back to some real preview. The Steelers just need to do what they do. Give the ball to Rashard and let him do his thing. Ben is coming off a concussion and he was hurting last week. All indications are that he is going to play on Sunday but if he does I would be more than happy to see the Steelers hand the ball off to all of the running backs they have on their roster and let Ben throw like 15-18 times. Let him get some work and keep him clean.
It will be pretty important to jump out on the Raiders and get an early lead. The Steelers have to turn around and play the Browns four days later so it would make me feel a lot better if they could just put this away early and coast to victory to get some players so rest. Hell, maybe Limas can play.
Nnamdi Asomugha plays for the Raiders. He is a safety. He is real good. He is their best players hands down. He returned a pick to the house when the Steelers went to Oakland in 2006. He only has one pick this year. Lets not make it two.
Oakland is 27-80 in their last 107 games. Lets beat em.
Shoddy preview, deal with it. You'll get worse next week for Cleveland. It's a short week for bloggers to.
Steelers 67, Raiders -2
Here We Go