This Sunday, the Oakland Raiders (2-4) take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) at O.co Coliseum. With both teams having the same record, the loser of this weekend’s game is likely to lose their hopes for the playoffs. But after a week off for their bye, will the Oakland Raiders be ready to attack the Steelers’ strong offense?
Oakland’s biggest issue in winning the game Sunday will be stopping Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is exceptional at dodging the opposing team’s defense and spreading the ball around the field.
Just yesterday, the Raiders picked up LB Martez Wilson, a former New Orleans Saints player. But is it wise to throw Wilson into such an important game with a team he’s not accustomed to? Even though he’s a strong player, I foresee the Raiders keeping him out of this game, letting him practice more with the team and getting comfortable, and seeing what he is or isn’t capable of.
Last week’s bye was supposed to be a time of recovery for some of the players on Oakland’s injured list including but not limited to Tyvon Branch, Andre Gurode, and Tony Pashos. However, coach Dennis Allen says the players seem to be in the same position as they were a week prior. Whether or not they will play in the matchup against the Steelers is still up in the air.
Any time a team loses regular players to an injury, the rest of the team must adapt to a replacement player. In this case, if one of the aforementioned players is not up to par by Sunday, Jack Cornell (guard) will be added to the roster at the end of the week if need be.
How is quarterback Terrelle Pryor preparing for the big game? Due to NFL rules, there are certain times coaches cannot work with their players. So Pryor has turned to Tom House, a former MLB pitcher who has assisted other quarterbacks such as Tom Brady.
What does this say about the Oakland Raiders? I think it’s typically unusual to work in-season with an outside source, but this shows how determined Pryor is to bettering himself for his team. His throwing has improved drastically since he first arrived at O.co Coliseum two seasons ago, and while not much of it can be attributed to House, you have to give credit where credit is due. Pryor never fails to show motivation to improve his skills, and that alone says a lot about his character as a quarterback and his dedication to the team.
The Raiders have not lost a game to the Steelers at O.co since 1995, and seats are already sold out for this weekend’s highly anticipated matchup.
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