The Steelers offense continues to not be the issue for the Steelers – at least it wasn’t Sunday in Oakland vs the Raiders.
Instead, the Steelers, who held a couple 10-point leads in the second half, faltered down the stretch as their defense could not stop old friend Carson Palmer, allowing the Raiders to steal a 34-31 win to put Pittsburgh at 1-2.
The winning field goal came from the leg of Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who booted true a 42-yard field goal at the buzzer for the win.
Ben Roethlisberger had another All-Pro day that will go wasted. Big Ben was on fire, going 36-for-49 for 384 yards with four touchdowns, no picks, and a QB rating of 123.2.
The Steelers had leads of 24-14 and 31-21 in the second half, but after playing solid D in the first half, they let Palmer march up and down for the field for pass after pass that turned things in the Raiders favor.
Antonio Brown scored a TD, but also had a critical fumble that turned things around for Oakland. The fumble was recovered at the Oakland 36 with the Steelers up 31-28.
Oakland marched down the field, and Janikowski hit a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 31 with 6:30 to play. The Steelers took the kickoff, and wound up with a 4th-and-1 from their own 29.
Rolling the dice on fourth paid off, as Issac Redmen rushed for six yards to give the Steelers four more downs. Instead of taking advantage of the first down, the Steelers faltered, as they wound up four plays later punting with 1:43 left.
That was all Palmer and the Raiders would need, as they marched down the field with some short passes and wound up taking a knee before Janikowski nailed the game-winner with no time left.
The Steelers outgained the Raiders 433-321, but were killed by 10 penalties for 81 yards, while Oakland had just 3 for 25 yards.
Mike Wallace had 8 grabs for 123 yards with a touchdown, while Brown had 7 grabs for 87 yards with a score. Heath Miller pulled in two more scores in the loss.
The Steelers have the bye next week, then will host the 2-1 Eagles on October 7th at home.