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Raiders Vs. Steelers Oakland Ends Skid With 34-31 Win

A late field goal by Sebastian Janikowski gave the Oakland Raiders a 34-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Raiders Happy With Win, But Dennis Allen Already Looking Ahead

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen downplayed his first victory as an NFL head coach, 34-31 over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum, and maybe that's exactly what this franchise should be about.

That's the opinion of San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami, who has an interesting past with previous Raiders regimes. Kawakami writes:

This is the new way things are going to go for the Raiders - through ups and downs-and everybody is getting used to it.

Which is easier to do for those involved when there's a victory involved, of course.

Allen seems to be all about team first. It's an attitude his players have noticed. Quarterback Carson Palmer said Allen doesn't have en ego. And although Allen acknowledged that a first victory for himself is meaningful, it seems that he celebrated by going right back to work Monday and breaking down the Raiders' next opponent.

The Raiders are 1-2 and Allen had to be happy about what he saw from his team in the second half, when Oakland rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey Back At Home, Expected To Make Full Recovery

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who suffered a scary injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Heyward-Bey was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck strain.

Heyward-Bey was injured early in the fourth quarter of the Raiders' 34-31 win. He ran a route to the end zone and suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy. Heyward-Bey crumpled to the turf and was motionless for several minutes. He had to be taken off on a stretcher but gave a thumbs up as he was leaving the stadium.

Later in the game, Mundy was involved in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Raiders tight end Brandon Myers. Myers was diagnosed with a concussion on the sideline. Mundy was not penalized for either hit.

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Raiders Vs. Steelers: Oakland Never Quits, Rallies For First Win Of Season

The Oakland Raiders might not end up having a great season, but they will be able to look back on Sept. 23, 2012 with fondness given the way they defeated the Pittsburgh Steeler on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Here's how Silver and Black Pride's Levi Damien reacted to the victory for the Raider Nation:

The first time they led in this game was the kick (Sebastian) Janikowski made to win the game as time expired. Simply incredible after what we saw from this team through the first two weeks.

So SeaBass's kick sent the Raiders to victory and a 1-2 record. As bad as Oakland looked in the first two weeks of the season, what a difference any given Sunday can make. And what a difference a long run and productive day from running back Darren McFadden can make. The Raiders were down 31-21 in the fourth quarter.

And how about this, no Raiders penalties in the first half!

The only bad news could be the status of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was carted off after a hard hit that knocked him out. He is reportedly in the hospital overnight Sunday.

For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and continue to check out SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver and Black Pride as well as SB Nation Bay Area.


Steelers Vs. Raiders Inactives: Khalif Barnes, Terrelle Pryor Out Vs. Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers will continue to be without many of their playmakers as running back Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu have all been placed on the team's inactive list for their game against the Oakland Raiders.

As for the Raiders, they have six roster members that will be inactive, including Terrelle Pryor, Lucas Nix and Shawntae Spencer.

Here are the full list of inactive players for both teams.

Pittsburgh Steelers

RB Rashard Mendenhall

LB James Harrison

S Troy Polamalu

LB Stevenson Sylvester

QB Charlie Batch

LB Adrian Robinson

T Mike Adams

Oakland Raiders

T Joe Barksdale

T Khalif Barnes

WR Juron Criner

G Lucas Nix

QB Terrelle Pryor

CB Shawntae Spencer

DT Christo Bilukidi

For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and continue to check out SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver and Black Pride as well as SB Nation Bay Area.

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Raiders Vs. Steelers: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu And Rashard Mendenhall Out Sunday

The Oakland Raiders (0-2) will be getting a considerable break Sunday with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) officially electing to sit LB James Harrison, S Troy Polamalu and RB Rashard Mendenhall, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Most people have been operating under the assumption that Pittsburgh would be without the services of these three all week, but the news was confirmed by the team Friday.

Harrison (knee) and Mendenhall (recovering from ACL) have yet to appear in a preseason or regular season game in 2012. Both seemed to be close to returning and should be able to get back on the field following the Steelers' Week 4 bye.

Polamalu (calf) missed last Sunday's win over the New York Jets and his absence is likely the most damaging of the three for Pittsburgh. Running back Darren McFadden will have a much better shot at getting back on track without a headhunter like Polamalu flying around the field.

In other injury news, Steelers tight end Heath Miller returned to practice Friday and is expected to play through his sore rib cartilage ailment without any sort of protective vest. WR Mike Wallace, WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB Jonathan Dwyer and RT Marcus Gilbert are all also listed as probable and expected to be ready to go.

For more coverage of Sunday's game from the Raiders perspective, head on over to Silver and Black Pride. To get a better look at their opponent, pay a visit to Behind the Steel Curtain.

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