Posted October 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims knows how difficult it is to sack Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. For five years the former Cincinnati Bengal tried, mostly in vain, to get Roethlisberger down. In eight games against the 6-foot-5 quarterback, Sims had 1 1-2 sacks and watched as Big Ben led Pittsburgh to a trio of playoff berths. Roethlisberger's been sacked 22 times this season, tied for seventh-most in the NFL. Sims, who signed with Oakland in the offseason, is looking forward to getting another shot at Roethlisberger and would love nothing better than to have his first sack with the Raiders come against his longtime rival. With only seven sacks in the last four games, Oakland's defense overall needs to improve its pass rush.

Roethlisberger Didn’t Notice Pressure Coming From Whimper’s Side Against The Ravens

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Can the Oakland Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers?

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Darren McFadden feels fantasy owners should start him this week

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The Oakland Raiders Friday injury report is now in and it indeed looks like they will be without the services of several offensive linemen for the Sunday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Guard Andre Gurode (quadricep), tackle Tony Pashos (hip) and tackle Menelik Watson (calf) all failed to practice this week and all three are listed as doubtful on the Friday injury report. By...

Steelers CB William Gay thriving in return

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Raiders expect return of center Wisniewski

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Last week: 30 (+0) Record: 2-4 On bye.

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