The Oakland Raiders take a post-bye week victory, thanks to its defense, at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a final score of 21-18. Despite the win, the Raiders did give the Raider Nation a scare as the Steelers shut down the Silver and Black in the second half of the game.
The Raiders’ Offense
The Raiders won the game, but the overall performance could prove very costly playing against a better team than the Steelers. The Raiders managed to score 21 points in the first half, which looked like the game was going to be a blown out; however, in the second half, things were different.
In the second half, the Oakland Raiders did not score any more points and only managed to get one first down conversion. That is not very good, and this could be very costly against teams like the Broncos or the Chiefs.
The total net yards for the offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers was 279 yards, which is a low number. The overall grade, despite the victory, is going to be a C+.
The Raiders’ Defense
Hail to the defense! This is the Raiders’ unit that kept the Silver and Black alive and held on to the victory. With five sacks on Ben Roethlisberger and two interceptions, the Raiders had enough to win the game.
It was also very exciting to see the Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver cursing and flicking off the ref crew in one of their many bad calls in the game. Tarver clearly flicked off the ref crew and dropping the F bomb at them as well, clear lip reading on national T.V.
The overall grade for the defense was an A. Good work boys!
With Terrelle Pryor's 93-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, things looked to be great, but, instead, that was the only thing Pryor did in the whole game. The 93-yard TD was the longest rushing touchdown made by any QB in the history of the NFL. Very impressive!
However, Pryor’s numbers at the end of the match were not good. He threw for 88 yards with two picks. His total rushing yards were 106, including the 93-yard TD.
The young quarterback was shut down the whole second half. He was lucky that the defense was there to rescue the day. Pryor's overall grade for Sunday’s match against the Steelers is a C.
Player of the Game
The player of the game for the Oakland Raiders in Sunday’s match against the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to go to running back Darren McFadden.
The Raider Nation has been waiting for McFadden to blow up, and he showed that he can be explosive in Sunday’s match. McFadden got himself two touchdowns with 73 yards rushing.
It was a mediocre game, as far as rushing, for Darren McFadden, but he did get two touchdowns that really helped win the game! Now, all he needs to do is stay consistent.