NFL Week 11 Preview: Are the Oakland Raiders Ready for the Big Test?

The Oakland Raiders are coming off their bye week as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Raiders are on a three-game winning streak and have been one of the biggest surprises in the league this season.

With the Denver Broncos' blowout win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders slid into first place in Week 10 without even playing. Tom Cable's Raiders are atop the AFC West for the first time since 2002. It has been a long time coming for the Raiders and their fans, and they deserve it.

Before the bye week, the Raiders beat the Chiefs in an overtime thriller 23-20. This was the biggest game the Raiders have played in years and certainly the biggest game of the 2010 season. Well, that is about to change, as the Raiders travel to Pittsburgh in Week 11 to take on the Steelers. This Week 11 matchup will be the Raiders' biggest game of the season.

Many may have believed that the Raiders would keep this game close but in the end, the Steelers will come out on top. After the Steelers loss to the Patriots at home, this may not be so true. The Steelers' defense is in fact weak against the pass and Tom Brady exploited it this past Sunday night, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Granted, Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is no Tom Brady, but Campbell will have to step up if the Raiders want to win this game. Running back Darren McFadden probably will not have much room to run against the Steelers rush defense, but he should see plenty of touches in the passing game. Campbell and the speedy Raiders receivers need to capitalize on the Steelers' 26th ranked pass defense.

Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Darren McFadden's blazing speed can be the deciding factor in this football game. Tight end Zach Miller is back after missing a game due to an injury, and he should play a pivotal part in the Raider offense as well.

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