Oakland Raiders Plummet Back to Earth against Pittsburgh Steelers

Dallas Davis@SpreadANDTotalCorrespondent INovember 21, 2010

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked by James Farrior #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Raiders reverted to their mid-2000s form in a sloppy game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bruce Gradkowski replaced a struggling Jason Campbell only to throw an interception deep in Pittsburgh territory to none other then Troy Polamalu.

Other than Oakland's first drive of the contest, the Raiders looked bottled up from the time ball was snapped. Campbell finished the day 7-19, with 70 yards and a pick.

Perhaps the highlight of the game was Richard Seymour and his blatant throat punch on Big Ben.

Fights were breaking out at the conclusion of almost every play, but after Roethlisberger connected on a touchdown to make it 21-3 in the first half, Seymour lost his cool, throwing a vicious punch that knocked Roethlisberger to the ground. Seymour was ejected and will likely miss more games after Roger Goodell has a chance to look over the tape.

Even a staggering 14 penalties by Pittsburgh failed to open the door for the Raiders.

Zach Miller looked out of sync, Louis Murphy had a costly fumble and Jason Campbell got lucky when his would-be second interception was wiped out by a controversial call on James Harrison.

That the interception was taken to the house would have added insult to injury. The Steelers also had a punt return for a touchdown wiped out by a penalty.

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As the waning minutes ticked from the clock, the Raiders were right back where they started: sitting at .500 (5-5), back in second place in the division after Kansas City sealed the deal against the Arizona Cardinals, and back to a quarterback controversy.

Darren McFadden had just 10 carries for 14 yards, both quarterbacks put up horrible passer ratings (around an average of 30) and the defense looked out of place and flustered. Take these three components and mix in Pittsburgh after a thrashing against the Patriots, and what happens?

A Steelers blowout.

Oakland looks to rebound next week, as they will play host to a battered Miami Dolphins squad. Now that KC has taken the division lead, every game becomes that much more crucial for the Raiders. 

One thing is for certain: The Raiders will need a lot of help.

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