Game Preview: Raiders at Steelers (Week 9)


Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Raiders heading into the Week 9 contest at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) vs. Oakland Raiders (4-3)** Date: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color analyst) & Evan Washburn (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) & Craig Wolfley (sideline)

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 86-50 (.632)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 86-50 (.632)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/five years

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio
Overall regular-season record: 72-74 (.493)/10th season
Regular-season record with Oakland: 4-3 (.571)/1st season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-6/six years


Photos from the last victory vs the Raiders at Heinz Field on November 21, 2010.

Series History:Series began in 1970 *Overall Regular Season:Raiders lead, 12-9 At Pittsburgh:Even, 5-5 At Oakland:Raiders lead, 7-4 Neutral Sites:n/a Streak:Raiders won previous two meetings Last Regular-Season Meeting:Oct. 27, 2013, at Oakland
Oakland 21, Pittsburgh 18 Postseason Series:Even, 3-3 Last Post-Season Meeting: Jan. 1, 1984, at Los Angeles
Los Angeles 38, Pittsburgh 10
*(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week's game marks the 22nd time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders will meet in the regular season and the 11th time in Pittsburgh, where the series is even at 5-5 ... the two teams will meet for the fourth time in the month of November (3-0) and for the second time in Pittsburgh (1-0) in the month of November.THE LAST TIME VS. OAKLAND
Oakland 21, Pittsburgh 18
Oct. 27, 2013 Coliseum (52,950)
OAKLAND - The Steelers could not erase an 18-point first-half deficit and lost to the Oakland Raiders, 21-18, at the Coliseum.

On the Raiders first play of the game, QB Terrelle Pryor faked a handoff to RB Darren McFadden, and then ran 93 yards for a touchdown to give Oakland an early 7-0 lead. P Zoltan Mesko's attempt was blocked midway through the first quarter, which set Oakland up at the Steelers' 26-yard line. Five plays later, McFadden scored on a seven-yard run to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead.

Late in the first quarter, S Troy Polamalu picked off Pryor and returned it to the Raiders' 48-yard line. K Shaun Suisham capped off the ensuing drive with a 47-yard field goal to cut the lead, 14-3. The Raiders scored their fi nal points of the game after the two-minute warning when McFadden scored on a four-yard run to give the Raiders a 21-3 lead at halftime.

Neither team scored in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, DE Brett Keisel recovered an Oakland fumble that was forced by LB Lawrence Timmons, and three plays later QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR Emmanuel Sanders for a nine-yard touchdown to cut the lead, 21-10.

With 1:27 left in the game, RB Le'Veon Bell scored on a two-yard run, and Sanders scored on a two-point conversion to cut the lead, 21-18. The Steelers attempted an onside kick but it was recovered by the Raiders.

Despite the loss, the Steelers defense forced a season-high three turnovers and held their opponents to a season-low 82 net passing yards.


STEELERS (2-5)0301518
Raiders (3-4)1470021

OAK114:41Pryor 93-yd. run (Janikowski kick)1-93; 0:190-7
OAK17:28McFadden 7-yd. run (Janikowski kick)5-26; 6:360-14
PIT214:14Suisham 47-yd. FG5-19; 2:443-14
OAK21:55McFadden 4-yd. run (Janikowski kick)11-72; 6:053-21
PIT412:11Sanders 9-yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)3-11; 0:5510-21
PIT41:24Bell 2-yd. run (Sanders run)12-83; 2:5818-21


The best photos of Safety Mike Mitchell from the 2015 season thus far.

Former Steelers/Raiders
• Pittsburgh WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and S Mike Mitchell both entered the NFL as 2009 Draft selections of Oakland. Heyward-Bey, first-round, and Mitchell, second-round, each played for the Raiders from 2009-12.
• Steelers conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont served as the Raiders' strength and conditioning coach/coordinator for eight years (1995-2002).
• Oakland LB coach Sal Sunseri was selected in the 10th-round by the Steelers of the 1982 NFL Draft.
• Raiders asst. DB coach Rod Woodson was drafted 10th overall by the Steelers in 1987 and played with the team until 1996. Woodson was also a training camp intern for Pittsburgh in 2013.
• Oakland director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales was a part-time scout for the Steelers from 1989-1993. He was also a ninth-round draft choice of the Steelers in 1987 and played two seasons with the team.

Area Connections
• Steelers S Robert Golden is a native of Fresno, Calif.
• Raiders LS Jon Condo is from Philipsburg, Pa.
• Oakland QB Matt McGloin played collegiately at Penn State.
• Oakland LB coach Sal Sunseri was on staff at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985-91 and is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. Sunseri also played for the Panthers, walking on the team in 1978.

NFL Connections
• Steelers OC Todd Haley was the HC in Kansas City, while Oakland RB coach Bernie Parmalee was the TE coach for the Chiefs (2010-11). Oakland C Rodney Hudson was also a player for the Chiefs in 2011.
• Pittsburgh OL coach Mike Munchak and Raiders DB coach Marcus Robertson worked together in Tennessee (2007-11).
• Steelers STC Danny Smith and Raiders OC Bill Musgrave were on staff together in Philadelphia in 1998 and again in Washington in 2005.
• Pittsburgh RB coach James Saxon and Musgrave were on staff together in Minnesota for three years (2011-13).
• Steelers QB Mike Vick was coached by Musgrave in Atlanta in 2006 when he was the QB coach for the Falcons.
• Pittsburgh CB Brandon Boykin played for the Eagles at the same time Musgrave was the QB coach in Philadelphia (2014).
• Steelers WR coach Richard Mann was on staff with Oakland DL coach Jethro Franklin in Tampa Bay for one season (2006).
• Mann also worked with Raiders asst. OL coach Tim Holt in Tampa Bay in 2009.
• Mann and Oakland STC Brad Seely were on the same Jets' coaching staff for one season (1994).
• Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams was a member of the Carolina Panthers at the same time Oakland LB coach Sal Sunseri was on the Panthers' staff (2006-08).
• Steelers LB James Harrison and Raiders S Troy Mays were teammates in Cincinnati in 2013.
• Steelers TE Matt Spaeth played in Chicago when Holt was the OL coach for the Bears (2012). Oakland OL coach Mike Tice was also a coach in Chicago at that time.
• Pittsburgh DT Cam Thomas played for the Chargers at the same time Oakland defensive asst. Sam Anno was San Diego's asst. HC/LB/ST coach (2010-13).
• Steelers LB Arthur Moats played for the Bills, while Raiders TE coach Bobby Johnson was on staff in Buffalo (2010-11).
• Moats was also teammates with Raiders TE Lee Smith while in Buffalo (2011-13).
• Steelers CB Antwon Blake played for the Jaguars in 2012 when Johnson was the TE coach in Jacksonville. Oakland senior offensive asst. Jake Peetz was the offensive asst./asst. QB coach in Jacksonville at that time as well.

College Connections

The best photos of QB Ben Roethlisberger from the 2015 season.

• Steelers ILB coach Jerry Olsavsky was coached by Oakland LB coach Sal Sunseri at the University of Pittsburgh from 1988-89.
• Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger played under center at Miami (Ohio) at the same time Raiders TE coach Bobby Johnson held the same position for the RedHawks (2000-03).
• Steelers TE Heath Miller was coached by Raiders OC Bill Musgrave at Virginia in 2002.
• Pittsburgh G David DeCastro played at Stanford when Oakland OQC Nick Holts was the offensive asst./QB coach (2008-11).
• Steelers LBs Sean Spence (2011) and Anthony Chickillo (2011-14) both played collegiately at Miami (Fla.), while Oakland DL coach Jethro Franklin held the same position for the Hurricanes. Raiders LB Ray-Ray Armstrong (2011), TE Clive Walfford (2010-14) and C/G Jon Feliciano (2010-14) also played at Miami (Fla.) during that time.
• Pittsburgh QB Landry Jones was teammates with Oakland DT Stacy McGee at Oklahoma for four seasons (2009-12).
• Pittsburgh S Shamarko Thomas (2009-12) played at Syracuse when Raiders WR coach Rob Moore was on the staff there.
• Steelers WR Sammie Coates and Raiders CB Neiko Thorpe were teammates at Auburn in 2011.

Passing Yards
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 384 (9/21/2012)
Raiders: Rich Gannon - 403 (9/15/2002)

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Jerome Bettis - 128 (12/3/2000)
Raiders: Darren McFadden - 113 (9/23/2012)

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Santonio Holmes - 149 (12/6/2009)
Raiders: Mervyn Fernandez - 130 (9/23/1990)


• With a win, the Steelers will have recorded its 325th win vs. an AFC opponent.
• With a win, the Steelers will improve to 428-275-2 during the regular season since 1970.
• The Steelers look to improve to 10-12 all-time against the Raiders in the regular season and to 6-5 at home.
• Pittsburgh will look to improve to 4-0 against Oakland in the month of November and to 2-0 at home in the month.
• With a win, would improve to 4-2 in the regular season against the Raiders at Heinz Field since the stadium opened in 2001.

• A win would improve Tomlin to 87-50 during the regular season, inlcuding 50-19 at home.
• With a win, would become the third coach in Steelers history to record 50 home wins during the regular season.
• Coach Tomlin looks to improve to 2-3 in the regular season against Oakland and move to 2-1 at home vs. the Raiders.
• With a win, would improve to 21-14 in the month of November and to 11-7 in the month at home.

• Will surpass Johnny Unitas (40,239) for 15th on the NFL's all-time passing yardage chart with nine...needs 321 to move into 14th (Joe Montana, 40,551).
• With 3,000 passing yards in 2015, will become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in 10 consecutive seasons.
• Will record his 40th 300-yard passing game with his next such game in 2015 and become the ninth signal caller to do so with one franchise.

• Is 10 yards from scrimmage from surpassing Willie Parker (6,075) for the seventh-most in team history.
• With 23 receiving yards on Sunday, will become the fifth player in team history with 6,000...42 to surpass Louis Lipps (6,018) for the fourth-most in franchise history.
• With his next touchdown catch, will move into a tie for ninth in team history with Mike Wallace (32).
• With his next 100-yard game, will become the third player in in franchise history with 21-such performances in the regular season (Hines Ward - 29 and John Stallworth - 25).
• With 100 receptions in 2015, will extend his franchise record of consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches to three.
• With 110 catches in 2015, will become the second player in NFL history to record 110 or more receptions in three consecutive years (Wes Welker, 2007-09).
• With 125 receptions in 2015, would become the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back seasons of 125 catches or more.
• With 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, will join Hines Ward (2001-04) as only the second player in franchise history to register 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive years.

• Is 41 receptions from joining Hines Ward (1,000) as the second player in team history with 600.
• Needs six touchdown catches to become just the fourth player in Steelers history with 50.
• Is 94 yards from scrimmage away from moving into fifth in team history (Louis Lipps, 6,406).
• With 50 receptions in 2015, will record his fifth consecutive 50-catch season.


The best photos of Running Back DeAngelo Williams from the 2015 season thus far.

• Will record the 20th 100-yard rushing game of his career with his next 100-yard performance.
• Will reach 50 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career with his next rushing score.

• Needs 2.0 sacks to record 5.0 quarterback takedowns in three straight seasons.

• One multi-sack game to break a tie with Jason Gildon (17) for the most such games in team history.

• Will match Rod Woodson (5) for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in team history with his next pick six.

• Needs 198 punt return yards to move into second in team history (Antwaan Randle El, 1,650).
• One punt return for a touchdown to tie Antwaan Randle El (4) for the most in Steelers history.

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