Monday, November 22, 2010
Moving on: Oakland Raiders
By Bill Williamson
Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 35-3 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Recap: It was a rough day for Oakland as it fell to 5-5 and a game behind Kansas City in the AFC West chase. The Raiders were completely handled by the Steelers.
Biggest area to fix: Offensive line. Oakland’s offensive line had improved recently, but it takes a step back Sunday. Rookie left tackle Jared Veldheer struggled against the great James Harrison. Oakland gave up six sacks, five which came on a five-man pass rush, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Oakland has allowed a league 24 sacks on five-man pass rushes.
Biggest area to build on: Michael Bush. Oakland’s run game was not good as a whole Sunday. Standout Darren McFadden had 14 yards on 10 carries. But Bush had some success in garbage time. He had 33 yards on four carries. It isn’t much to build on, but teams will take anything to build on after a loss like this.
What to watch for: Oakland has to beat visiting Miami on Sunday to stay relevant in the playoff chase. This is a winnable game for Oakland. It needs to bounce back with a win.