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One of the – if not the – biggest plays of the week 3 contest versus the Steelers was the first running play of the Raiders where Darren McFadden scampered virtually untouched 64 yards down the field and into the end zone for their first rushing touchdown of the season.
The play was significant for a number of reasons – it tied up the score, shifted momentum and gave confidence to the team – but it also showed for the first time this season how potent the Raiders run game can be when the zone blocking scheme is operating in sync.
When the play starts, the team is out in a 3 WR, 1 TE and 1 RB formation. There are two receivers to the left of the formation, the weak side (no TE on that side), one is spit out wide and the other is in the slot.
The right of the formation is the strong side meaning that the TE is set on that side. In this case, the TE is true to his name and is tight to the RT. There is another receiver split wide on the right side. McFadden is the only...
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I think we all realize that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense is better with James Harrison on the field than off. You could certainly argue even at 75% Harrison would be a better option than either Chris Carter or Jason Worilds. The problem really doesn’t revolve around that though because what it deals with is simply getting Harrison on the field period.
I found myself at one...
The final NFL injury report is released every Friday, and if you look close enough, and do a little research you can get a sneak peek at the next week’s waiver wire. This article will cover players that could potentially have breakout games in week 4, and will be hot commodities off the waiver wire in week 5. If you have a low waiver priority, you might want to pick up your...
The Steelers running game is tied for last in the league through the first 3 weeks of the season (3 way tie with the Raiders and Titans). Pittsburgh is averaging just 2.6 yds per rush and has a combined pitiful 195 yds total rushing. If that doesn’t make you cringe as a Steeler fan, I don’t know what will.
The offense hasn’t ranked that low in rushing in 62 years; one can only...
When Weslye Saunders was handed his fine it was stated as a four week suspension for a positive drug test. Following the positive test the general consensus was that Saunders would be available following week 4 and would only miss 3 games due to the bye week for the Steelers in week 4. The NFL has n ContinueThe post Steelers’ Saunders to Return after Week 5 appeared first on SteelBlitz.
This week’s Oakland Raiders’ game could be against anyone. The best team, the worst team, or anyone in between. When it is time to play Denver, the focus leads to the Raider’s long extended rivalry with the Broncos. To me, we have to put that in the back of our minds this week. The team [...]
Troy Polamalu and James Harrison returned to practice Tuesday and participated fully. Optimism was high Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that both players would be back soon. That idea was destroyed Wednesday afternoon when Harrison left the Steelers facility before practice had even started due ContinueThe post James Harrison Return Still Unknown appeared first on SteelBlitz.
This Sunday the Oakland Raiders will be going up against long time rival, the Denver Broncos. The Raiders lead this series overall with a record of 53 wins, 39 losses and 1 tie. The Raiders hope to make that 54 wins this Sunday, but the Broncos will do their best to keep it from happening. [...]
This is going to be a quiet Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. With the 1-2 Pittsburgh Steelers on their bye week, many fans will get a long look at what the rest of the NFL has to offer.One thing they will like see during any game they may choose is a solid running game, something that has been lacking in the Steelers offensive attack throughout the first three weeks of the season...
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders will not be available for the week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The former undrafted free agent posted Thursday on Twitter that he still has to sit out one more game to satisfy his four game suspension for testing positive for the banned drug Adderall.
Looks like a personal foul is being called on Bachlorette Emily Maynard. In August, US Weekly had Jef Holm’s brother accused Maynard of texting with another man. Now, the magazine has revealed the texter was Oakland Raider quarterback Matt Leinart.
Holm’s ex Kaylee Shepherd confirms the rumors, “He said the story was 100 percent accurate. When she put her phone down, [Jef...
Below are the defensive player play counts and participation chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Nose tackle Casey Hampton played 27 snaps as opposed to just 3 for Steve McLendon. I am still finding this a little confusing. Cameron Heyward also saw just 5 defensive snaps Sunday. Both Al Woods and Will Allen saw 1 snap each...
Oakland Raiders (1-2) at Denver Broncos (1-2)
I thought the Raiders were overrated coming into the season and now they’re even more overrated coming off a “surprising” win over the Steelers. Their upset win over the Steelers was not completely shocking given how much the Steelers have sucked over the last year plus on the road. They are -43 on the road in that time period,...