Oakland Raiders Continue to Show Improvement in Week 8 Win

By Robert Cooke
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor opened up yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a record 93-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage that even fooled his teammates. Pryor is that good of an athlete, and he just dominates in open space.

What truly impresses is the lights out play of this Raiders defense, because they are the real reason behind the Raiders 21-18 victory. Whether it was because of the bye week or simply because this Raiders team showed up, they clearly dominated.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times and threw two interceptions. Pittsburgh’s running game was held to a mere 35 yards.

This Raiders defense is only getting better. They continue to be molded under the watchful eye of defensive coordinator Jason Tarver who has been the fuel behind this 180-degree turnaround.

Although Pryor continues to show flashes of  brilliance, he still continues to show some inconsistencies as well. He threw two interceptions against this stingy Pittsburgh secondary and only accounted for 35 total yards of offense in the second half.

Running back Darren McFadden only averaged three yards per carry against the Steelers but gouged deep wounds with his pair of rushing touchdowns. The true key to success for this Raiders team is the running game and the play of its defense that gets the ball back for this offense that likes to run the ball.

As long as this Raiders defense can play at a high level they will be tough to beat.

Despite of all of the negativity that is always surrounding the silver and black due to pretty much every reason under the sun, the Raiders are finding ways to win.

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