Raiders vs Steelers Week 8 2nd half open thread

Thearon W. Henderson
Man is it fun to see such a fast start from the Raiders! The first play from scrimmage in this game was a QB rushing record 93 yard TD run by Terrelle Pryor. Then it was two Steelers 3 and outs, a blocked punt and a Darren McFadden TD to make it 14-0 Oakland barely past the halfway point of the first quarter.

Unfortunately it wasn't all good for Pryor and the Raiders in the first quarter though as they did have another ugly over throw interception. The receiver was open but TP's mechanics were shoddy leading to the overthrow which was then intercepted by future Hall of Famer Troy Palamalu for the Steelers.

It could have been worse though since the Raiders defense held their own to keep Pittsburgh to just a field goal despite the short field to make the score 14-3. The defensive playmakers to save that drive from being worse were two rookies too. Sio Moore had a sack and DJ Haydan had a nice 3rd down tackle to force the field goal by the Steelers.

The Oakland offense wasn't done yet. The Raiders got lucky to retain possession after what appeared to be a muffed punt by Jacoby Ford and proceeded to drive right down the field for a TD to make the score 21-3. McFadden was the star as he had a 20 yard run and the wildcat TD run on the drive but Terrelle Pryor had some nifty plays himself.

The Raiders had a golden opportunity to add onto the score with just over a minute left in the half but Bryce Butler dropped a pass that resulted in an interception near midfield. The Steelers drove deep into Raiders territory but had to settle for a chip shot field goal. Shockingly they couldn't even settle for that actually because the 34 yard field goal was missed wide right.

It was a dominating performance for the Raiders as they rushed for 183 yards and 3 TD's in the first half. Admittedly though it does make it easier to get a total like that when 93 yards come on one play. Hopefully they continue their physical domination in the 2nd half and add on to their 21-3 halftime lead. It is always a really nice feeling to dominate but even better to beat up on a rival team like the Steelers.

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