Random notes from Oakland’s loss at Pittsburgh and Kansas City’s win over Arizona:
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Pittsburgh had great success against the Raiders using a five-man pass rush against Oakland. Pittsburgh used the five-man pass rush on 52 percent of Oakland’s drop backs. The Raiders completed 8 of 20 passes and threw two interceptions against the heavy pass rush with a passer’s rating of 9.8. Oakland gave up six games in the game. Oakland gave up five sacks against the five-man pass rush. It has now given up an NFL high 24 sacks against a five-man pass rush. Expect the Raiders to continue to see a heavy blitz until they fix the issue.
The Chiefs didn’t allow a sack Sunday after giving up four at Denver.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Oakland running back Darren McFadden averaged 2.0 yards running the middle. McFadden entered the game averaging an NFL high 5.5 yards per game while running up the middle.
Oakland rookie running back Jacoby Ford had just two catches for 27 yards Sunday. He had six catches for 148 yards in a win over Kansas City in Oakland’s previous game Nov. 14.
Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour apologized to his teammates after being ejected for popping Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the face as he celebrated a touchdown. Pittsburgh defensive lineman James Harrison suggested perhaps Seymour should be suspended for the action.
After Kansas City’s win Sunday, the AFC West is 6-5 against teams in the NFC. Oakland is the only team to have finished its slate against NFC West teams. It was 2-2.