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.