Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers set to clash this Sunday


The Oakland Raiders will stay in the Bay Area this week to complete their two-game homestand with an AFC matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sunday's tilt at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum will mark the Steelers' first trip to Oakland since 2013, a game the Raiders took by a three-point margin, 21-18. It will mark the 23rd regular season matchup between the club, with the Silver and Black currently leading the all-time series 12-10 and holding a three-game winning streak over Pittsburgh when playing at home. Originally set for Sunday Night Football on NBC, the two teams will now square off at 1:25 p.m. PT this Sunday on FOX.

The Raiders head into Week 14 after taking the conference leading Kansas City Chiefs down to the wire this past Sunday, falling to their AFC West rivals by a score of 33-40 after an onside kick attempt failed with under one minute to play in the final frame. Several players on offense had standout performances, including QB Derek Carr, TE Jared Cook, WR Jordy Nelson and RB Jalen Richard. Carr finished with 285 yards through the air after completing 29 passes and adding three touchdowns, the 17th three-score performance of his career. With his 14th completion of the day, Carr moved into second place in NFL history for most completions (1,655) through a player's first five years. Only Peyton Manning (1,749) leads Carr with four games remaining in 2018. Carr also surpassed Rich Gannon for second on the club's all-time passing yards list, currently sitting with 17,802. Cook tallied in his sixth receiving score of the season, marking a new single-season high as he also registered his ninth career 100-yard game and third this season. Nelson tied a team season-high with 10 receptions in the contest, six of which went for first downs. Richard chipped in with 126 yards from scrimmage, including a career-high 95 rushing yards on just six carries (15.8 avg.).

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The Setting
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2018
Kickoff:1:25 p.m. PT
Site:Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966)
Capacity/Surface:56,057/Overseeded Bermuda
Regular Season:Raiders lead, 12-10
Postseason:Series tied, 3-3

Here are the connections between the opposing sides:

•Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden served on the same staff as Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith in Philadelphia from 1995- 97, serving as offensive coordinator and defensive backs/special teams coach, respectively.

•Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden worked together in Tampa Bay from 2002-05, serving as defensive backs coach and head coach, respectively. Raiders assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia served on the same staff in Tampa Bay from 2002-05, serving as the special teams coordinator.

•Raiders director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales was a ninth round draft pick by the Steelers in 1987 and played in 14 career games from 1987-88. He also worked as a part-time scout for the Steelers from 1989-93.

•Raiders WR Martavis Bryant was originally selected by the Steelers in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

•Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was originally selected by the Raiders in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. During his four years (2009-2012) with Oakland, he started 53 games and recorded 140 receptions for 2,071 yards.

•Steelers conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont worked for the Raiders from 1995-2002 as the team's strength and conditioning coach.

•Steelers WR Ryan Switzer spent this past offseason with the Raiders before being acquired by the Steelers via trade.

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Broadcast Information (Television)
Play-by-play:Thom Brennaman
Color Analyst:Chris Spielman
Sideline:Shannon Spake
Producer:Mark Teitelman
Director:Greg Scoppettone

The Steelers come to town having just played the AFC West Los Angeles Chargers at home on Sunday Night Football, a game they dropped by a score of 30-33. The Steelers enter Week 14 with a 7-4-1 record and on top of their division heading into the last quarter of 2018.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin enters his 12th season in Pitts- burgh, having led the Steelers to six AFC North titles. Over the past five seasons (2013-17), Tomlin has led the team to a 20-3 record in the month of December/January, which are the most wins over that span. The Steelers sit atop the division again with a 7-4-1 overall record, but are coming off two straight losses, including a 30-33 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football during Week 13. The Raiders lead the all-time season series 12-10.

Following their trip to Oakland, the team returns home to face the New England Patriots before traveling to New Orleans to play the Saints in Week 16. The Raiders will hit the road to complete their slate against the AFC North as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 and return home the following week to play a division contest against the Denver Broncos on Christmas Eve.

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Broadcast Information (Radio)
Raiders Radio Network
Flagship:740 KCBS
Play-by-play:Brent Musburger
Color Analyst:Lincoln Kennedy
Sideline:Chris Townsend
Spanish Flagship:La Z 1490-AM/107.5-FM
Play-by-play:Fernando Arias
Color Analyst:Ambrosio Rico

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