GAME NOTES: Steelers 38 Raiders 35

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Raiders Fall to Steelers, 35-38, in Road Battle**

  • The Raiders scored at least 33 points for the fourth time this season, the team's most through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
  • The offense posted 440 total yards, improving the season total to 2,997 yards, the team's third most through eight games and the most since 2002 (3,259).

Offense Strikes Quickly

  • The Raiders scored the team's fourth opening-drive touchdown of the season with a 22-yard touchdown pass from QB Derek Carr to WR Michael Crabtree on the team's third offensive play. The entire drive spanned 66 yards in 43 seconds.
  • The Raiders took a fourth-quarter drive 60 yards in four plays (1:52) and capped it off with a 19-yard rushing touchdown by FB/FRB Jamize Olawale.
  • The team's final touchdown drive took only one minute and went 69 yards for the game-tying 38-yard touchdown pass to WR Michael Crabtree

Offensive Line Keeps Carr Clean

  • The offensive line did not allow a sack for the second straight game, giving the team only 10 sacks allowed through eight games, tied for the fewest since the 1970 merger (2011 and 2014). 

Raiders Force an Interception, Special Teams Turnover

  • The Raiders have recorded an interception in seven straight games, the team's longest streak since 2000-01.
  • On a late fourth-quarter punt, the Raiders recovered an Antonio Brown fumble forced by WR Andre Holmes, setting up the offense at the Steelers' 39-yard line. LB Ray-Ray Armstrongcame up with the fumble for the second recovery of his career.* *

Cooper and Crabtree Over 45 Receptions, Four Touchdowns

  • WRs Amari Cooper (45) and Michael Crabtree (47)are the first pair of Raiders to be on pace for 90 receptions each through eight games since Charlie Garner and Jerry Rice in 2002.
  • The pair has also combined for nine receiving touchdowns this season, four by Cooper and five by Crabtree.

QB Derek Carr

  • QB Derek Carrthrew for 301 yards on 24-of-44 passing (54.5 percent) with four touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 96.9. Carr is the second Raider with four 300-yard games through the team's first eight contests (Rich Gannon in 2002).
  • Carrnow has 19 touchdown passes on the season, the most by a Raider through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Carr has thrown 11 touchdowns of 20-or-more yards.
  • Carris the third Raider with four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and the first since the 1970 merger (Cotton Davidson in 1964 and Tom Flores in 1963).
  • Carr entered Week 9 leading the NFL in first-half touchdown passes and tossed two more today to improve his season total to 13 with only one interception (13.0 TD-INT ratio).

WR Michael Crabtree

  • WR Michael Crabtreehauled in seven passes for 108 yards (15.4 avg.) and two touchdowns for his 11th career 100-yard game and third of the season. He has 100-yard games in back-to-back outings within a regular season for the first time in his career.
  • Crabtreehauled in two touchdowns in a game for the fifth time in his career and the first time since 2012. He now has five touchdowns on the season and 31 career scores.
  • Crabtreehas caught a touchdown pass in three straight games for the second time in his career (2012).

WR Amari Cooper

  • WR Amari Cooperfinished the day with seven receptions for 88 yards (12.6 avg.) and one touchdown.
  • Cooperset the franchise record for receptions by a rookie, passing Zach Miler (45 in 2007). With his sixth reception, he passed Tim Brown (43 in 1988) for the most by a rookie wide receiver in team history.
  • Cooper hauled in his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a 15-yard pass from Carr.

RB Latavius Murray

  • RB Latavius Murrayaveraged 5.65 yards per carry on 17 attempts for 96 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter.* *Murray's first carry of the game went for 44 yards, his sixth rush of 20-plus yards this season.

WR Seth Roberts

  • WR Seth Roberts had three crucial catches in the game, totaling 73 yards (24.3 avg.) with a 36-yard long.
  • All three of Roberts' catches were for at least 18 yards, and he had a 19-yarder and a 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

FB/RB Jamize Olawale

  • FB/RB Jamize Olawalerecorded a career-long 19-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown, bringing the Raiders back within seven points in the fourth quarter.

TE Clive Walford

  • TE Clive Walford caught his second career touchdown on a 1-yard reception from Carr in the third quarter, tying the game at 21-21. Walford is the 10th tight end in team history to catch at least two touchdowns as a rookie.

CB David Amerson

  • CB David Amersonintercepted his first pass as a Raider in the third quarter, giving him three career interceptions.  He finished with eight solo tackles, three passes defensed and the one interception with one return yard.

LB Aldon Smith

  • LB Aldon Smith got to Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 in the fourth quarter for the team's first sack of the game, giving him 2.5 sacks this season and 46.5 sacks in his career.
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