Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/17/12

When the Oakland Raiders take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in week three, they must clean up the mistakes in all phases of the game especially the rushing offense and defense. Several glaring shortcoming have come to the forefront in the first two games. With the team starring down a 0-3 start to the season, film study will be the crutches of the Raiders' preparation.


“We’ve got to look at ourselves, each and every guy, offense, defense and special teams,” Quarterback Carson Palmer said. “Just one win gives you that confidence and gets that bad taste out of your mouth. This team can catch fire; this team’s explosive enough to catch fire. It starts with one win and we’re looking to do that once we get back home to play in front of our fans.”

One of the biggest concerns for the Raiders is their lack of running game. In the first two games of the season, Oakland has rushed for 45 and 23 yards on only 34 total attempts. The lack of tries is partially due to being down in both games. However, it appears through the first two games, Oakland's new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and his zone running scheme is not working.

“I’ve seen it work,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “I believe in it. Well, we played a real good run team today. So, I’m not going to evaluate the run game and say it’s good, it’s bad, it’s whatever, until we really get a good feel for where we’re at. We played two games, so I’m not going to abandon where we’re at in the run game.”

After a solid defensive effort to stop the run against the San Diego Chargers in week one, the Raiders were shredded on the ground by the Miami Dolphins giving up 263 yards. One of the deficiencies that led to the large number of rushing yards was missed tackles. Reggie Bush broke four tackles on his way to his first touchdown from 23 yards out. Several Raiders had a shot to bring him down but failed.

“He made a few people miss and we have to do a better job of tackling,” Allen said. “We’ll go back and look at the tape and see exactly where we broke down. Obviously, in the second half, we didn’t do a good enough job of containing him and keeping him corralled.”


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