Steelers Roll Raiders 35-3 In Penalty Filled Game

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Raiders vs. Steelers: Massive Penalty Numbers Highlights Ugly Oakland Loss

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Ben Roethlisberger threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh defense stymied Oakland all day in a 35-3 rout at Heinz Field. The Steelers (7-3) were coming off their worst home loss in nearly a half- decade, having lost to New England, 39-26. After giving up 453 yards to the Patriots last week, Pittsburgh allowed the Raiders just 182 total yards of offense on Sunday.

Roethlisberger completed 18-of-29 passes and also ran for a score to help Pittsburgh keep pace with Baltimore atop the AFC North standings after the Ravens beat the Panthers. Mike Wallace caught three passes for 116 yards and a score, while Emmanuel Sanders also caught a touchdown pass. Rashard Mendenhall ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Oakland’s Jason Campbell struggled to find a rhythm, completing only 7-of-19 passes for 70 yards with an interception before being replaced in the third quarter. Bruce Gradkowski finished the game with 98 yards passing and an interception for the Raiders (5-5), who fell a game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West after Kansas City beat the Cardinals.

Check out our game stream for more details on today’s game and more information on the Raiders and the rest of the AFC West today and tomorrow.


Raiders vs. Steelers: Mike Wallace Turns Troy Polamalu Interception Into Touchdown

The rout is officially on as the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken a 28-3 lead on the Oakland Raiders early in the fourth quarter. The Raiders had a promising drive going that looked to cut into the Pittsburgh lead as Bruce Gradkowski and Michael Bush combined to lead Oakland down to the Steelers 24 yard line.

However, Troy Polamalu picked off a poor Gradkowski pass intended for Jacoby Ford. Polamalu returned the ball to the Steelers 46 and things quickly got ugly. After Mewelde Moore picked up a couple yards on a rush off the left tackle, Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace hooked up for a 52-yard touchdown reception highlighted by some impressive moves by Wallace after the catch.

The Raiders were hoping to use this game as a springboard towards a potential division title but they are struggling mightily. Jason Campbell was ineffective and finally benched in the third quarter and the Raiders defense has given up way too many big plays. While the Raiders have benefited from a ton of Steelers penalties, they really haven’t capitalized on the free yards.


Raiders vs. Steelers: Bruce Gradkowski Replaces Ineffective Jason Campebll

While the Steelers continue leading 21-3, the Oakland Raiders have made a move to try and shore up what has been a continually ineffective offense today. QB Bruce Gradkowski, who led the Raiders upset of the Steelers last year, has replaced Jason Campbell at QB late in the third quarter.

Campbell’s day would appear to be over after completing 7 of 19 passes for 70 yards, one interception, and only one third down conversion. Prior to Gradkowski entering the game, the Raiders had accumulated 64 yards of total offense. The only reason the Raiders haven’t been worse is because the Steelers have 148 penalty yards in accepted penalties (a Steelers offsides was just declined).

This has been an incredibly ugly game thus far and the announcers were accurate in calling it a bar room brawl. The Raiders defense has done just enough to keep the team remotely in the game, although inconsistency has ledt to 21 Steelers points. The Raiders have begun moving the ball behind Gradkowski and just made a big 24-yard gain on the ground thanks to Michael Bush. The Raiders suddenly find themselves on the Steelers 24. If they can get a touchdown on the board soon they’ll be right back in this game.


Raiders vs. Steelers: Roethlisberger Connects With Emmanuel Sanders For 21-3 Lead, Richard Seymour Ejected

Today’s matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers is officially getting ugly. The Steelers forced a turnover courtesy of a Louis Murphy fumble after a catch and have now turned it into another touchdown, giving them a 21-3 lead. Ben Roethlisberger connected on a 22 yard touchdown pass with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

It was at this point that things got interesting. The touchdown was followed by defensive tackle Richard Seymour shoving Roethlisberger in the face as the Steelers celebrated the touchdown. He was immediately ejected from the game and will likely face a fine from the league.

Things could not be going much worse for the Raiders right now as they can’t get anything going on offense and haven’t been able to consistently stop the Steelers offense. This game is certainly not over, but Oakland has yet to show any reason to think they can overcome an 18-point deficit or prevent the deficit from growing larger. Given the Chiefs’ current lead on Arizona, it’s likely that the Raiders will be dropping a game back of KC.


Raiders vs. Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Runs In For 14-3 LEad

The Pittsburgh Steelers have climbed out to a 14-3 lead on the Raiders courtesy of a 16-yard touchdown run by QB Ben Roethlisberger. The Raiders and Steelers exchanged punts before the Steelers put together a seven play drive over 56 yards. One of the key plays was a 19 yard pickup by Mike Wallace on a reverse. The Steelers were fortunate in that an illegal block in the back occurred and went uncalled, which allowed Wallace to turn the corner and get the big gain.

The Steelers then gained a big 21 yards on a big catch by Antonio Brown. On 3rd and 5 at the Raiders 16, Roethlisberger then took off looking for the first down. As he passed the first down line the only thing standing between him and a touchdown was a smaller defensive back. Roethlisberger continued on and eventually dove and stretched into the end zone for the touchdown and the 14-3 lead.

The Raiders offense has been completely shut down by the Steelers defense thus far and has really benefited primarily from penalties. In fact, the Steelers were just called for a big pass interference penalty that bailed the Raiders out on a 3rd and 14 play from their own six yard line. Of course, as things have gone today for the Raiders, it’s fitting that the Raiders coughed up the ball on a fumble by Louis Murphy on the next play. The Steelers can get close to putting this game away with 2:49 left in the first half.


Raiders vs. Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall Caps 85-Yard Drive, Gives Pittsburgh 7-3 Lead

The Oakland Raiders gave up just their seventh rushing touchdown of the season as they saw Pittsburgh methodically drive 85 yards on 13 plays to take a 7-3 lead. Rashard Mendenall capped the drive with a five yard rushing touchdown, his eighth of the season.

The Steelers got the ball back after the Raiders offense was shut down once again. The Raiders managed a first down on a pass and penalty to Jacoby Ford, but couldn’t do anything else after that. Shane Lechler punted 54 yards and set Pittsburgh up on their own 15 yard line. The Steelers then put together a very solid mix of runs and passes to march the 85 yards in just over eight minutes to take the lead. Mendenhall had 34 rushing yards on 8 carries during the drive.

The Raiders went three and out on the next drive and were forced to punt again. The Steelers actually ran the punt return in for a touchdown but it was called back after a pair of holding calls. Pittsburgh has begun moving the ball again and is into Raiders territory after a pair of passes and a personal foul penalty.


Raiders vs. Steelers: Janikowski Field Goal Gives Raiders 3-0 Lead

The Oakland Raiders opened their upset bid with a Sebastian Janikowski field goal early in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead. The Raiders defense forced a Steelers three and out thanks to a third down sack of QB Ben Roethlisberger.

The Raiders offense struggled a bit on the ensuing drive but benefited from 20 yards of Steelers penalties including a bit of a ticky tack roughing the passer and then a five yard defensive holding penalty. The Raiders added in a Jason Campbell 17-yard hookup with Johnny Lee Higgins to get into field goal range. Janikowski had little trouble hitting the 41 yard field goal.

Although the Steelers currently are 6-3 and tied for first in the NFC North they’ve been a bit inconsistent. They’re coming off a demoralizing 39-26 home beatdown against the New England Patriots and are looking to bounce back. Meanwhile the Raiders find themselves in first place in their division, but it’s a tightly packed bunch with the Chiefs and Chargers both hosting relatively weak opponents. The AFC West divisional race will go down to the wire but a win today would be monstrous for the Raiders.

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