Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 9/21/12
Given the struggles of the Raiders this season, we might be tempted to focus on what little passing game they have with Carson Palmer. After all he does have experience playing against the Steelers and the Raiders have always been known for going downtown as often as they can. If  you’re the Steelers, you certainly account for Palmer’s ability but stopping run is first and foremost on the docket for the defense. If there’s one thing that Dick Lebeau is known for with his defenses, it’s that you first stop the run at all costs. If you can’t do that, you’ve severely hampered your chances for success. The Steelers take pride in their run defense above all else because that’s what they’re built for. We need look no further than the stats over the last several years as evidence of how much they focus on it. Since 2004 they’ve been in the top 3 every season with the exception of 2011 when they finished 8th. Being top 10 is hardly anything to sneeze at but it’s not acc...
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