Steelers Pay “Big” Price in 38-35 Victory Over Raiders
In a game where Oakland Raiders players were dropping off like flies, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger in the 3rd quarter but managed to come away with a 38-35 win over the AFC Rivals of the West.
Now back to my game analysis.
Antonio “Freaking” Brown! If anyone showed their willingness to win it was AB84. With over 180 receiving in the first half, Brown was virtually unstoppable. Minus the muffed punt return, Brown set franchise records with 17 catches for 284 yards, and just to add a cherry on top of that sundae he rushed twice for 22 yards to finish the game with 306 yards from scrimmage. No wonder he is considered the best wide receiver in the National Football League.
Not too far behind Brown in the production category was running back, DeAngelo Williams..who rushed for 170 yards on 27 carries (6.3 average) with two touchdowns, and he also caught two passes for 55 more yards to finish with 225 yards from scrimmage. How’s that for the backup back? Le’Veon Bell would be impressed with that outing.
But it wasn’t just the offense that came through in such a hard fought matchup, the defense had a part in it as well. Considering the score you would probably think otherwise.
CB, Antwon Blake finished with nine tackles, including one for loss, plus two passes defended and a forced fumble; Cam Heyward, who had eight tackles, including one for loss; Ross Cockrell, who had two tackles, two passes defended and an interception in the end zone; Will Allen, who returned from injury to finish with seven tackles and three passes defended; and Mike Mitchell, who actually started off like, well..Mike Mitchell had four tackles and one forced fumble, plus a would be fumble recovery for a touchdown had he retrieved the ball while inbounds.
Despite all the defensive domination on paper, Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr looked All-Pro..going 24-44 for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 1 interception. An interception mind you that came in the ends zone in a very pivotal moment of the game.
Before leaving the game, Roethlisberger went the exact 24-44, but scraped out 334 yards and 2 touchdowns, throwing one pick as well. Landry Jones did just enough as usual to sustain his “backup” status, still far away from an NFL starter.
All in all an exciting, “smashmouth” type of play these two teams were accustomed to in the 70’s. And give the Raiders their props, they definitely earned it.