Well, that was ugly. From the pass defense to Richard Seymour's smack to the entire offensive unit, the Raiders played very badly last Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Going into Heinz Field against an excellent Steeler team is tough enough on most days, but facing them a week after they got whipped on that same field by the rival New England Patriots, and without Nnamdi Asomugha or a fully healthy Zach Miller was a recipe for disaster.
Many of us were rightfully optimistic that we could play well in this game based upon recent performances, but from the middle of the first quarter on Pittsburgh took away the run game, made the Raiders one dimensional in the one dimension they struggle with, and took the fight to them, Seymour's slap down not withstanding.
We're very fortunate that Seymour did not get suspended based on the current emotional climate of the league when it comes to violence, and we're also lucky the score in that game was only 35-3.
Now, it's time to move on, put it all behind as an anomaly in an otherwise promising season, and focus on the Miami Dolphins.
The Raiders performance last week led to more questions than we'd like, but this team is still heading in the right direction and has a winnable game this weekend in the Black Hole against Miami.
With that in mind, I bring you Week 12 pressures, hurries, and knockdowns, Raider style.