Steel City wake-up: morning links:
The Steelers players are too young to remember the rivalry that helped define the 1970s and was marked by nastiness as well as a genuine dislike between two of the top teams of the decade. Coach Mike Tomlin has made sure his players are aware of the history of Steelers-Raiders as the Steelers prepare for their Sunday game in Oakland.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley likes the direction that the offense is headed but he said the unit still has a ways to go. The Steelers will try to build on the balance they achieved last Sunday when they ran for 141 yards and threw for 145 in a 19-16 win over the Ravens.
Haley affirmed that the offensive line played its best game of the season against Baltimore, and veteran Guy Whimper stepped up at right tackle after Marcus Gilbert reaggravated a quadriceps injury and left the game early.
Gilbert practiced on Thursday, and he said he should be good to go Sunday against the Raiders. Like the Steelers, the Raiders have had to go with a patchwork offensive line at times because of injuries. A banged up line is expected to get a boost from the return of center Stefen Wisniewski, who has been hampered by a right knee strain.