Steelers vs. Raiders: Oakland Shows Its Potential in Comeback Victory

The Oakland Raiders have been the punchline of many NFL jokes over the last decade, and rightfully so, as the franchise has failed to finish above .500 since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002.

There weren't many jokes directed at Dennis Allen's team on Sunday, as it roared back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at Coliseum, 34-31.

The Steelers had the upper hand for the first three quarters thanks to Ben Roethlisberger's four touchdown passes, but Palmer and Co. took advantage of an Antonio Brown fumble to tie the game at 31 with 6:30 remaining.

Following a successful defensive stand, the Raiders marched down the field. Carson Palmer led the charge by orchestrating a near-flawless two-minute drive and completing his last four passes to perfectly set up Sebastian Janikowski for a game-winning, 43-yard field goal.

After suffering two ugly losses to open the season, this was a much-needed win for the struggling AFC West team.

The Raiders played the majority of the fourth quarter with heavy hearts, as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field on a stretcher after falling victim to a helmet-to-helmet hit by Steelers cornerback Ryan Mundy.

Not only did this victory serve as a testament to the Raiders' resiliency after a potentially debilitating injury, it allowed the Raiders to show that they have the necessary talent to become a quality team this season.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers are no joke. This wasn't the Raiders coming out and beating one of their subpar AFC West foes. It was a very impressive win by a team that had already been written off by many.

Palmer isn't the quarterback that he once was, but he is a fine fit in this Raiders defense that is predicated more on speed than anything else.

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