Week 3 Game Thread: Oakland Raiders

Trips to Oakland haven’t been particularly memorable in the Big Ben era but this time he’ll have TODD HALEY. Consider this your chattin’ thread.

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  • David

    SF, WAS, NYJ getting beat. Glad I don’t bet on games.

  • calig23

    Well, that’s a fortuitous start: receiver falls down and Clark gets a gift interception.

  • calig23

    This should be ruled a completed catch.

  • calig23

    Oh well.

  • calig23

    TD, Heath!

  • calig23

    That was a huge defensive fail. Geez.

  • calig23

    I’m liking the play-calling a lot more so far.

  • calig23

    TD, Heath, Part 2.

  • calig23

    Nice punt return by Brown, but wiped out by penalties.

  • LoungeLegal

    These refs are slower than molasses in wintertime!

  • LoungeLegal

    How did they even call that complete? Maybe we’ll get a review like the one in the NYJ/MIA game!

  • LoungeLegal

    Def PI holding Heaths hand!

  • calig23

    How is that a team could be so incompetent at running the football?

  • calig23

    Gah! Getting drawn offsides on 4th down is ridiculous.

  • calig23

    These guys need to stop screwing around and take control of this game.

  • calig23

    So, the obligatory OL injury has occurred. Gilbert is out, Beecham is in(and naturally committed a false start on his first play).

  • calig23

    Uh, late hit and low on the QB. Where’s the penalty?

  • calig23

    TD, Wallace! He was wide open.

  • calig23

    The special teams today have not looked good. Two good kickoff returns by the Raiders, penalties on multiple punts, and a questionable fair catch by Brown.

  • calig23

    Seriously, you have a great TD drive to go up 10 points, then promptly give up a long kickoff return to set the Raiders up in Steelers’ territory, then get gashed on a draw play.

  • calig23

    Only delaying the inevitable…

  • calig23

    Well now. Failed onside kick attempt will give them great field position.

  • calig23

    Steelers lucked out, too, because the Raiders should have recovered that kick.

  • calig23

    TD, Brown!

  • calig23

    Mike Wallace shoving Richard Seymour seems…. ill-advised.

  • calig23

    The defense hasn’t exactly stood tall in this game.

  • calig23

    Damnit, Brown.

  • calig23

    And now a DPI

  • calig23

    Holding them to a field goal is big.

  • calig23

    Alright offense, let’s get this back

  • calig23

    Geez, Another holding penalty. Very undisciplined today

  • calig23

    And now Wallace fumbles!!!! Fortunately, he recovers it.

  • calig23

    Whether they win or lose, they should be made to walk home.

  • calig23

    Burning a timeout here could be very, very costly.

  • calig23

    Big brass balls there, and a 1st down.

  • calig23

    Naturally, Ben gets sacked on 1st down.

  • calig23

    Now would be a good time for the defense to show up and make a play, or a stop, or something.

  • calig23

    Steelers couldn’t convert 3rd and 9; Raiders convert a 3rd and 10…

    • Canadian Steeler

      The insinuation that this would be in any way the fault of the offence is ridiculous. Unfortunately, this is the most worrying performance I’ve ever seen from a LeBeau defense. I don’t even know if it’s scheme or just terrible line play though.

      • Rob D

        The Denver game was almost as bad. WE don’t have the players on the D-line anymore and the LBers past Woodley (who is up and down) are nothing to write home about. We look like last year’s model of D when you watch Houston, 9ers and Seattle. I think we are in for a major rebuild on this D as soon as next offseason.

        • Canadian Steeler

          Not excusing Woodley’s performance, but on a pure numbers standpoint, 2 sacks in 3 games isn’t terrible. It’s that he’s our only source of pressure that’s the issue. If Hood isn’t occupying the the guard and tackle, Woodley has to beat a tackle on every rush, and usually a back/TE with Harrison out.

          I don’t know what the next step in re-building a defense would be. We’ve drafted defensive linemen in 2 of the last 4 drafts. Obviously Hood hasn’t developed to the degree of a Calais Campbell, but clearly the front office saw it as a future need. It’s difficult to blame coaching too when John Mitchell has been notorious for developing late rounders into excellent contributors.

      • calig23

        Oh, I wasn’t trying to put the blame on the offense; I was just making the observation that in a similar situation, the Steelers couldn’t get the job done and the Raiders did.

        Granted, were it not for the repeated penalties and a couple of fumbles, the offense might have scored enough points to render the defense’s incompetence moot.

        • Canadian Steeler

          Yeah, it almost felt like a waste to have Ben’s performance in a loss. The raiders d is obviously bad, but Ben’s performances this year have been mostly sensational. He and Miller were the only ones you can really point at as good performances, which isn’t good enough.

          We might just be more average than in years past. Hopefully we’ll see LeBeau come out of the bye with a better plan for zone blocking schemes. I remember Hoke having some success penetrating between blocks instead of just occupying them last year. This (theoretically) should be something Ziggy would be good at.

          Can someone who has a keener eye for line play tell me how the line’s done at occupying double teams so far? Seems to be plenty of free offensive lineman picking up blitzers or getting to the second level. Players like Timmons don’t look great, but taking on guards every play isn’t really his game.

      • countertorque

        It wasn’t worse than the first 2 games of the 2002 season.

  • calig23

    Complete and utter chokejob.

  • Cols714

    OUr defense stinks. Offense looked good.

  • David

    Play of the game? Keisel’s brain fart.

  • LoungeLegal

    Disappointment. Our D looks very average I hope it is just the absence of James and Troy…but I suspect it’s more.

  • Eric

    Well that was fun.

    I had been hoping that some combination of Lewis, Allen and Brown would improve the secondary to the point that it would keep the defense playing at a high level, even if the front 7 was weaker than in previous years. So far, not so good.

  • Eric

    Amid all the talk of the officiating problems, especially in last nights game, I have this mischievous urge to troll Seahawks fans about how they get all the calls from the refs.

    • David

      Great idea! I live in the Pacific NW and I’m gonna do this today. If you don’t see any more posts from me, well, you know what probably happened.