Final: Steelers 35, Raiders 3


The quarterback and Richard Seymour’s loss of composure and ejection will be debated and discussed for the next week, but neither mattered much in the grand scheme of things as the Pittsburgh completed a 35-3 pummeling of the Raiders Sunday at Heinz Field.

Oakland was outgained 431-182, its quarterbacks were sacked six times, and Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 29 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, doing much of his damage from the pocket rather than out on the perimeter where normally operates best.

The whole “Raiders are in first, no they’re tied for first” debate of a week was rendered meaningless as Oakland fell to 5-5 and Kansas City improved to 6-4 with a 31-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

San Diego, should it beat Denver Monday night, would join the Raiders at 5-5.

But as bad as it looked in Pittsburgh _ and it looked awful _ the Raiders, at 3-0 in the division and all three division foes remaining, are still in control of their own destiny. Win out and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.

Of course, winning out looks like a tall order after the kind of convincing defeat the Steelers laid upon Oakland.

Much more to come later . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jmcclain

    7yearsofpain Says:
    November 21st, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    Jason Campbell set the tone for that game. Grad should have been brought in for the 2nd half at least but no… We had to let slow droopy red eyed Campbell set the tone for the second half. Our oline is garbage but its always been garbage and grad gives us the best chance with a garbage oline. I think Jason’s paranoia sets in for the games on the road. He feels really high for those home games though.

    yup perfectly said he set the tone the way he played. Thing is though are offense was good enough against sd, den, kc. But this is a top notch d. And r offense other then running game is way below average. Honestly did anyone think cambell would throw for 300 yds have three td’s. And mcfadden to rush for 100 yds. We just have a long way to go with the offense. And none of these qb’s ate the answer. Get oline help also and this team will be fine.

  • Orthodoxdj

    WHERE ARE ALL THE CAMPBELL SUPPORTERS NOW? Give me a break. Campbell isn’t a quality starter. Blind faith doesn’t win games. It’s not like what we as fans think matters, but if you really believe Campbell is good, you’re deluded. Campbell has never won anything in this league. And for the record, I don’t think Gradkowski is the second coming of Gannon, so don’t make this debate about him. Admit that Campbell isn’t good if you have any self-respect.

    Our d stunk up the joint today, too, so this was a tea failure. If only Jano had made ONE of the missed FGs against Arizona. If only…

  • Hobs Gnarly

    mr, i know exactly what bauce is. dude is going to wind up in the papers, a statistic.

  • 2muchair

    Bruce needs to start. Campbell is too slow with his thought process and then add in his long delivery.
    Bruce did better even with Pittsburg knowing they had through. Campbell doesnt have it.

  • Al’s made his decision. Campbell remains starter. Hey, Al’s won 3 Super Bowls. Why question him?

  • JB

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    November 21st, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Not a single guy on this team showed up ready to play.

    WRONG! One player did show up but he got ejected for expressing his dissatisfaction.

  • DaTruth91

    Plp gotta realize that both grad and Campbell arent gonna win games for the raiders, they just arent that good. ( but not many are)

    Missing Nnamdi and Seymour hurt the def and it showed. So stop talkn about trading nnamdi. ( if u think we should, ur an idiot)
    Biggest disappointment was the play calling. U cant have 2 weeks off in the nfl and jus put up 3 pts. Hue jackson,seems like he calls plays one way ( vs SF and Pit) and calls them other ways (vs den, SD, kc)

  • jaider

    The Raiders need some “real” receivers…BADLY!!…None of the receivers they have are any good, average at best, and that is being generous, but no NFl CB’s are frighten by any of them..any team on the league could put their worst CB on our best WR, and that would still spell….LOSS!!!!!..DHB..wasted pick, Murphy..average and most of the time, below average, N.Miller..no comment, Chaz…may as well release him, our best WR is a TE…Zach Miller!!..We could have had Crabtree, Macklin, Harvin…Considering we have been getting top ten picks for the last 7 – 8 years, we should have at least 3-4 Pro Bowl players…..

  • zopi

    It was going to be tough beating a squeeler team that was desperate, and they were not going to lose two games in a row, too many top play makers over there. And, on the other hand very few play makers on the Raider team, today we can say nothing. Things got only worst because the preparation for this game was horrible, the first few drives showed promise, but again penalties and very poor WRs stopped those drives. Then, when starting drives deep, the play calling didn’t help, and only made things to get worst.
    Seymour was neutralized and probably got him frustrated, too bad for someone who should show more poise if he’s the supposed leader. Houston is heavily outplaying McClain, whether McClain was over rated by everyone, again one more for the Raider #1s, he should sit if he’s hurt, the problem is that the back up is much worst.
    It is definitely a hard task to win with such bottom-level play makers out there, specially WRs.
    Let’s hope they make it up at home.

  • oooohma55

    WOW! I thought your guys would have at least scored a couple of TD’s. I was actually looking forward to this game because I am old enough to remember our rivalry from back in the day and would have loved to see some semblance of that. Tough loss, we had one last week. Seymour needs to get his s_it together before he gets his a_s handed to him on a platter. Don’t think you guys are going to sweep the next six. On the other hand, after we got our a_sses beat by the Pats, I think we got our heads screwed on straight and once we get into the playoffs, it’ll be #7 for us.