Steelers defense ragged in loss to Oakland

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 24, 2012
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have plenty of time to think about Sunday's stunning collapse against the Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh heads into its bye week smarting over a 34-31 defeat in which it allowed the Raiders to score on each of their four second-half possessions, including Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning field goal on the final play. The Steelers (1-2) have a losing record after three games for the first time since 2009 thanks largely to a defense that has struggled on the road. Pittsburgh allowed Oakland's sputtering offense to roll up 321 yards, with 216 of them coming in the second half. Coach Mike Tomlin called it a ''poor performance'' on both sides of the ball. The Steelers have two weeks to get ready for Philadelphia on Oct. 7. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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