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Amari Cooper sets new Raiders rookie record and other superlatives vs Steelers

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As suspected, the game in Pittsburgh was a shootout. The Steelers had the ball last and they were able to end it on a field goal and a 38-35 win. With a score like that, you won't find many superlatives from the defensive side of things, but there was quite a bit of offense to be had, along with a few records to be set.

Tops among those records was Amari Cooper whose 7 catches on the day set a new Raiders rookie record for receptions by a wide receiver. He now has 45 catches on the season. That number breaks the previous rookie record of 43 which was set by Tim Brown way back in 1988. It also ties tight end Zach Miller who had 45 catches back in 2007.

And we're only halfway through the season.

Here are a few more notable bits of history from the offense Sunday:

The Raiders scored at least 33 points for the fourth time this season, the team's most through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The offense posted 440 total yards, improving the season total to 2,997 yards, the team's third most through eight games and the most since 2002 (3,259).

The offensive line did not allow a sack for the second straight game, giving the team only 10 sacks allowed through eight games, tied for the fewest since the 1970 merger (2011 and 2014).

David Amerson intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in this game, giving the Raiders at least one interception in seven straight games, the team's longest streak since 2000-01.

Amari Cooper (45) and Michael Crabtree (47) are the first pair of Raiders to be on pace for 90 receptions each through eight games since Charlie Garner and Jerry Rice in 2002.

QB Derek Carr threw for 301 yards on 24-of-44 passing (54.5 percent) with four touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 96.9. Carr is the second Raider with four 300-yard games through the team's first eight contests (Rich Gannon in 2002).

Carr now has 19 touchdown passes on the season, the most by a Raider through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Carr is the third Raider with four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and the first since the 1970 merger (Cotton Davidson in 1964 and Tom Flores in 1963).

Michael Crabtree hauled in seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns giving him back-to-back 100-yard outings for the first time in his career.