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 . . .