In the midst of a couple of poor quarters, the Raiders have not played that badly. But unfortunately, they have not been able to put enough elements together to win. Facing an 0-3 start and losses in their first two home games, the Raiders have to put together a complete game to defeat the Steelers.
Saying that is not the same as doing it.
Pittsburgh may not be the elite team they've been, but they're still led by three of the best players in football at their positions: Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. Harrison and Polamalu may be slowed by injuries Sunday, but it appears they will play.
Note: According to SFGate.com Raider blogger Vic Tafur, Harrison and Polamalu will likely miss Sunday's game.
So, here are my five keys to a victory Sunday at the Coliseum.