Raiders game plan vs. Pittsburgh

Published: Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 - 1:25 pm

RAIDERS GAME AT A GLANCE

Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: Steelers by 4

Records: Raiders 0-2, Steelers 1-1

TV: Ch. 13 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)

Radio: 1140

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Raiders cornerbacks vs. Steelers receivers

The Raiders are without both of their starting cornerbacks and facing a receiving corps that coach Dennis Allen said is probably the fastest they will see this season – not an ideal situation. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown both topped 1,100 receiving yards last year and are deep threats for Ben Roethlisberger. Pat Lee and Joselio Hanson struggled against Miami's less-accomplished receiving corps last weekend but might get some reinforcement if safety Michael Huff lines up at corner.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• Both teams want to be balanced on offense, which means running better than they have through two games (the Steelers rank 30th in rushing yardage, the Raiders 31st). The Raiders haven't been good about getting themselves into manageable third downs, and positive gains on the ground on early downs are one answer.

• Roethlisberger will stay in the pocket as long as possible and can be just as dangerous throwing on the run, so the Raiders need to apply pressure and make him get rid of the ball earlier than he wants.

• The Steelers finished 29th last year in turnover margin. Their offense has been the best this season converting third downs and sustaining drives, which the Raiders can cut off with takeaways. The next turnover they force this season, though, will be their first.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS

Out: T Khalif Barnes (groin), CB Shawntae Spencer (foot).

Questionable: TE David Ausberry (shoulder), CB Coye Francies (concussion), RB Mike Goodson (hamstring), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), RB Taiwan Jones (ribs), LB Rolando McClain (concussion, ankle), C Alex Parsons (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee).

Probable: WR Juron Criner (ankle).

STEELERS

Out: LB James Harrison (knee), RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf), LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee).

Questionable: T Mike Adams (back).

Probable: RB Jonathan Dwyer (toe), T Marcus Gilbert (groin), QB Byron Leftwich (illness), TE Heath Miller (abdomen), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), WR Mike Wallace (groin).

– Matt Kawahara

SCHEDULE

Date	Opponent	Result

Sept. 9 San Diego L, 22-14

Sept. 16 at Miami L, 35-13

Date Opponent Time

Today Pittsburgh 1:25 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Denver 1:05 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Atlanta 10 a.m.

Oct. 21 Jacksonville 1:25 p.m.

Oct. 28 at Kansas City 1:05 p.m.

Nov. 4 Tampa Bay 1:05 p.m.

Nov. 11 at Baltimore 10 a.m.

Nov. 18 New Orleans 1:05 p.m.

Nov. 25 at Cincinnati 10 a.m.

Dec. 2 Cleveland 1:25 p.m.

Dec. 6 Denver 5:20 p.m.

Dec. 16 Kansas City 1:25 p.m.

Dec. 23 at Carolina 10 a.m.

Dec. 30 at San Diego 1:25 p.m.

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