Steelers vs. Raiders: Live Grades and Analysis for Oakland

The Oakland Raiders (3-4) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) 21-18 as Oakland tries to stay relevant in the AFC wild-card race. 

Game Analysis for the Oakland Raiders

Pass Offense: Pryor finished 10-of-19 for 87 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked as many times. Wide receiver Rod Streater led the Raiders in receiving with four catches for 45 yards.

Run Offense:  Pryor finished with nine carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. His 93-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the game is the longest in league history for a quarterback. McFadden finished with 73 yards on 24 carries. Although his yards per carry was a meager 3.0, he managed to find paydirt twice.

Pass Defense: Rookie linebacker Sio Moore finished the game with two sacks, lending credence to General Manager Reggie McKenzie’s selection of the linebacker in the draft. Roethlisberger was sacked five times on the day and completed 29 of 45 passes for one touchdown and two interceptions. Pittsburgh wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown finished the day with 82 and 88 yards, respectively.

Run Defense:  Playing from behind, Pittsburgh managed only 35 yards on the ground. Oakland did a great job of plugging holes and funneling the ball-carriers to the inside. However, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell went untouched for a two-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Special Teams: Punter Marquette King continues to showcase a strong leg (46.5 average), but he struggles with punts inside the 20-yard line. Taiwan Jones had three returns for 46 yards, his longest return being for 22 yards.

Coaching:  Prior to today’s victory, it had been 10 years since Oakland won coming off a bye week. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver did a great job in the second half by dialing up the pressure schemes and not playing it overly conservative. T...

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