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  • HECTOR AMEZCUA / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Derek Hagan heads downfield on a 17-yard reception that put the Raiders in field-goal range with 28 seconds left. Oakland drove 49 yards in nine plays to set up Sebastian Janikowski's 43-yard field goal.

  • HECTOR AMEZCUA / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Darren McFadden dives into the end zone on his 64-yard touchdown run on his first carry. After rushing for just 54 yards in the first two games, McFadden ran for 113.

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    Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, left, is grabbed by holder Shane Lechler, middle, and defensive end Dave Tollefson after his decisive 43-yard field goal.

Raiders Report Card: Week 3

Published: Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

REPORT CARD

• Offense: The Steelers had no answer for the no-huddle in the second half. Carson Palmer kept things moving without throwing deep and bounced back nicely from an interception on his first attempt. The running game showed a pulse, with Darren McFadden's long touchdown run an energizer. Grade: B+

• Defense: The Raiders clamped down on the run but were dissected by Ben Roethlisberger and his fleet receivers. The pass rush was nearly nonexistent until late. But they forced two turnovers that led to points. Grade: C+

• Special teams: Sebastian Janikowski showed his cold efficiency with the tying and winning field goals. Mike Goodson's 51-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown might be overlooked, but it was big. No long returns allowed. Grade: A-

• Overall: The first win of the new era had to be a satisfying one. Now the question is, where do they go from here? Grade: B+

– Matt Kawahara

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