Originally written September 23, 2012 on SteelerAddicts:
If you’re looking for the Steeler defense, please let me know where you find them because clearly they were MIA on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. There are many words you can use to describe this unit, but good isn’t one of them right now unfortunately. Despite an overall great day through the air for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense, the vaunted Steeler Defense couldn’t overcome a 2nd half rally by the Raiders, and will enter their bye week with many questions that don’t exactly have such easy answers. Marc Uhlmann will be covering the offense on Monday but for now let’s focus on the epic collapse of the defense. The Steelers entered this game again without Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, but facing a 0-2 Raiders team that was banged up at wide receiver even before the game started, you thought they could have a pretty nice outing. Perhaps Blitzburgh would return, or the Big Nasty D, but ultimately it ended up being nothing more than a shadow of those former great units....
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