Raiders Head to Pittsburgh to Take on the Steelers

Photos of the Raiders taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the years.

The Oakland Raiders will travel East this week for a match-up between two of the NFL's most historic teams as they face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT at Heinz Field. Longtime rivals, the Raiders and Steelers will be meeting for the first time since 2013 and for the first time in Pittsburgh since 2010. Oakland has won the previous two contests, both at O.co Coliseum. Sunday's game marks the final contest of the year for the Raiders against an AFC North opponent, as they opened the season with three straight match-ups against AFC North foes. The game also kicks off a stretch of three road games in four weeks for the Silver and Black, as they will travel to Detroit and Tennessee later this month. Last week, the Raiders defeated the New York Jets at home, 34-20. The Steelers lost in a tight divisional contest against the Cincinnati Bengals, 10-16.

THE SETTING

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Date:Sunday, Nov. 8

Kickoff:10 a.m. PT

Site:Heinz Field (2001)

Capacity/Surface:68,400/Kentucky Bluegrass

Regular Season:Raiders lead, 12-9

Postseason: Series tied, 3-3

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For the second straight week, Oakland jumped out to an early lead, as it held a 28-6 advantage early in the third quarter. A bal-anced offensive attack was led by QB Derek Carr, who posted a 130.9 passer rating after throwing for 333 yards and four touch-downs on 23-of-36 passing. WR Andre Holmes had his biggest game of 2015, hauling in two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder. WR Michael Crabtree recorded 102 receiving yards on seven catches and one touchdown, a 36-yarder. RB Latavius Murrayprovided a strong rushing attack, averaging 5.7 yards per carry after rushing for 113 yards on 20 carries. His backfield comple-ment, RB Taiwan Jones, provided a spark for the team, includ-ing his first career touchdown, a 59-yard catch-and-run. On de-fense, the unit held New York to 74 rushing yards and sacked Jets quarterbacks three times in the second half. S Charles Woodson hauled in another interception, his fifth of the season.

Next week, the Silver and Black will return home for a contest with the Minnesota Vikings, while the Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

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TELEVISION

CBS

Play-by-play:Ian EagleColor Analysts:Dan Fouts
Sideline:Evan Washburn

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RAIDERS RADIO

Flagship:95.7 The GAME

Play-by-play:Greg Papa
Color Analyst:Tom FloresSideline:Lincoln Kennedy

Spanish Radio
Flagship: KSOL 98.9 FM
(Radio Estereo Sol 98.9 y 99.1)
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico

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QUOTING DEL RIO

"Confidence is huge. That's what working on fundamentals is all about. You work on shedding a block, a basic fundamental of shedding a block, and you drill it. You drill it. You get stronger in the weight room. You work the technique with coaches and over time, you develop a confidence that you can shed blocks in certain circumstances. Then it comes up in a game and you're ready to react and get it done. ... The fundamental technique, the reason as coaches we stressed them is so that we can build that confidence in our players to execute the techniques we're looking to see." - Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Pro Connections

• Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson was drafted in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Steelers. He played there for 10 years (1987-96), earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1993, and later returned in 2013 as a training camp coach intern.

• Steelers conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont worked for the Raiders from 1995-2002 as the team's strength and condition-ing coach. He was named Coach of the Year by The Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society after the season.

• 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 140 receptions for 2,071 yards.

• Steelers S Mike Mitchell played for the Raiders for four years from 2009-2012, appearing in 66 games. Mitchell was originally selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Raiders.

• Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann was Raiders wide receiver coach Rob Moore's position coach in 1994 when Moore was a wide receiver for the New York Jets.

• Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak (offensive assis-tant) coached Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson(safety) with the Houston Oilers from 1994-1999. Robertson then started his coaching career working for Munchak with the Titans from 2007-2011 as the secondary coach.

• Steelers running backs coach James Saxon held the same po-sition with the Vikings from 2011-2012 while working on the staff of Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley (wide receivers/of-fensive assistant) coached Raiders running backs coach Bernie Parmalee with the Jets from 1999-2000. The pair then worked to-gether with the Chiefs from 2010-2011 where Haley was the head coach and Parmalee was the tight ends coach.

College Connections

• Steelers G David DeCastro played at Stanford from 2009-2011.

• Raiders TE Clive Walford, C/G Jon Feliciano, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin and Steelers LB Anthony Chickillo were all together at Miami (Fla.) from 2011-2014. Raiders LB Ray-Ray Armstrong and Steelers LB Sean Spence were also there in 2011.

• Steelers offensive assistant Shaun Sarrett (offensive graduate assistant) coached Raiders TE Lee Smith in 2007 at Marshall.

• Steelers G Ramon Foster and Raiders DT Dan Williams played together at Tennessee for three years from 2006-2008. Raiders TE Mychal Rivera and Steelers DT Daniel McCullers were also teammates at Tennessee in 2012.

Hometown Connections

• Raiders WR Amari Cooper (2008-2011) and Steelers LB Sean Spence (2004-2007) both played for Northwestern High School in their hometown of Miami, Fla.

STEELERS SNAPSHOT

Overview: The Steelers have experienced sustained success un-der ninth-year Head Coach Mike Tomlin. The team has seen five postseason appearances since he took over in 2007, including two trips to the Super Bowl and one title. Last season, Tomlin led the Steelers to an 11-5 record and the division crown in a tightly con-tested AFC North. This year, Pittsburgh is in second place at the midway point of the season, three games behind the Bengals.


Offense: QB Ben Roethlisberger, now in his 12th year at the helm of Pittsburgh's offense, returned from injury last week to captain the Steelers in the loss to Cincinnati. He has completed 95-of-134 passes (70.9 percent) for 1,174 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions on the season for a passer rating of 94.6. With RB Le'Veon Bell, being placed on IR, RB DeAngelo Williams will step into his place, rushing for 310 yards on 63 carries (4.9 avg.) with three touchdowns this season. In the passing game, Roeth-lisberger has one of the league's most prolific receivers in WR An-tonio Brown, as he has already totaled 718 yards on 52 receptions (13.8 avg.) with three touchdowns. TE Heath Miller went over 100 yards in Week 8 and has 27 receptions for 273 yards (10.1 avg.) with one touchdown.


Defense: The Steelers' defense has presented problems to op-posing rushing attacks this season, allowing only 97.0 yards per game on the ground. Pittsburgh has been effective forcing turn-overs, as the defense has produced seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries. CB Antwon Blake and S Mike Mitchell are tied for the team lead with two interceptions each, and Blake took one back 70 yards for a touchdown. For Pittsburgh, it all starts with the pass rush, which has notched 22 sacks so far this season, including a team-leading four by rookie first-round pick DE Bud Dupree.

INDIVIDUAL STATS VS. STEELERS

C Rodney Hudson

Career Totals: Paved the way for 271 rushing yards on 83 carries (3.3 avg.) and one touchdown in three career games (0-3).

• Helped Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles total 100 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, 2012.

K Sebastian Janikowski

Career Totals: 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) on field goals and 19-of-19 on extra point attempts for 60 total points in nine career games (5-4).

• Kicked the game-winning field goal from 43 yards out with no time remaining to beat the Steelers 34-31 on Sept. 23, 2012.

• Totaled 12 points, a career high against the Steelers, in the Raiders' 30-17 win on Sept. 15, 2002. Janikowski was 3-of-3 on extra points and 3-of-4 from the field in the game.

LB Aldon Smith

Career Totals: 2.5 sacks and five tackles in one career game (1-0).

• As a member of the San Francisco 49ers, notched 2.5 sacks and totaled five tackles in the team's 20-3 win, Dec. 19, 2011.

S Charles Woodson

Career Totals: 39 tackles (31 solo), one interception with three return yards, six passes defensed and one forced fumble in six career regular season games (2-4); three tackles (two) in one postseason game (Super Bowl XLV).

• In the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl win on Feb. 6, 2011, to-taled three tackles (two solo) before being forced to leave the game with an injury.

• Recorded his only career pick against Pittsburgh on Sept. 15, 2002, also adding two passes defensed and a forced fumble in the Raiders' win.

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