One of the reasons was the horrid run blocking from the offensive line. It seemed the Bills knew all the Raiders run calls were blitzing and jumping the snap, creating negative plays for the offense. However, according to PFF, they only accounted for two pressures during Week 2. It has created a huge inconsistency between the run and passing game.
PFF still views the offensive line highly because of the pass protection. All five lineman are top 11 in pass protection and pro football focus moved them up four spots to 11 in their rankings.
• The Raiders’ offensive line has let up the fewest pressures this season — just five in two games.
This week it will be a vital test for the offensive line against a dominant defensive line. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be the best front they have faced all season. We will see if the pass blocking the past two games is just a fluke. The run blocking needs to be better for the offense to get any movement, no matter what.
In other Raiders links:
- Raiders take a QB in the latest mock draft: Pro Football Network has the Raiders drafting JJ McCarthy in the first round.
- Steelers give their thoughts on the Raiders: The Raiders website has the best quotes of the week from the Steelers.
- Silver and black show has Bruce Gradkowski: Gradkowski joins Howie Long as they preview the matchup vs. the Steelers.