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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Raiders 34, Steelers 31

By Bill Williamson


A look at a thrilling 34-31 win for the Raiders against the visiting Steelers:

What it means: The Raiders have won the first game of the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era. After looking terrible in the first two games, Oakland battled back from down 10 points down to come back and win as time expired, thanks to a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

Offense improves: After being stagnant in the first two games, Oakland’s offense came alive. Quarterback Carson Palmer was efficient and he was brilliant in the fourth quarter. Running back Darren McFadden, who was bottled up in the first two weeks, had 113 yards on 18 carries. The offensive performance should quiet the fan uproar about the Raiders not having the right personnel for the zone-blocking scheme.

Taking advantage of mistakes: The Steelers had 433 yards of offense, but they made key mistakes and the Raiders jumped on them.

Scary injury: Oakland starting receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital with a neck injury after taking a vicious hit. We’re hoping Heyward-Bey has a speedy recovery.

What’s next: The Raiders travel to Denver on Sunday for a battle of two 1-2 teams.