For football players, the question when it comes to losing is, "What is the best way?" If you had to choose, would you rather get blown out, or lose a close one? I always said I'd rather be blown out.
The Pittsburgh Steelers might share in that opinion after a heartbreaking loss to the Oakland Raiders, 21-18. The Steelers fell behind the Raiders early and could not make enough positive plays to account for their negative ones down the stretch.
Let's see what kind of takeaways we can glean from a loss like this.
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