OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 01: Matt Giordano #27 of the Oakland Raiders is congratulated by Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders after he intercepted a pass during their game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Raiders Come Back Big, Shock Steelers

The Raiders were down 10 points when the fourth quarter started, but the power of home turf helped spur a dramatic comeback, with a last-second Sebastian Janikowski field goal to clinch the win.

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Steelers Vs. Raiders, Week 3: 1-2 Record 'A Fair Assessment' Of Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers were expected by many to be one of the league's elite teams this season, but on Sunday, they dropped a game to the previously-winless Oakland Raiders, after leading by ten heading into the fourth quarter.

Although Ben Roethlisberger had a great game - 384 yards, four touchdowns - Pittsburgh's running backs did little in the absence of Rashard Mendenhall, and the Steelers' defense was gashed for 113 yards on the ground by Darren McFadden. Neal Coolong of Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain expounded on what he said was an unsurprising result, considering Pittsburgh's poor play on Sunday.

Pittsburgh is off next week, and will hopefully take some time to figure out how a team can sit at 1-2 with a quarterback playing as well as Roethlisberger is. The quick and obvious answers are they are getting no splash plays on the defensive side of the ball, their running game is severely overmatched (Oakland allowed 147 yards a game on the ground through two games) and now they have receivers with fumbleitis.

The Steelers have a bye next week, and hope to return Mendenhall as well as defensive cogs James Harrison and Troy Polamalu when they return to face the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks.

For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and check out SB Nation Pittsburgh.


Darrius Heyward-Bey Injury: Raiders WR In Hospital With Neck Injury

Darrius Heyward-Bey and the Oakland Raiders received a serious scare during their Week 3 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. As Heyward-Bey streaked down the field he received a non-intentional helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked him to the ground immediately. He left the game on a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital. The latest word is that the wide receiver did not suffer a concussion and instead has a neck injury that will need further evaluation.

Here is Adam Schefter of ESPN.com with the latest:

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is in stable condition in a Bay Area hospital after suffering a neck injury, according to a source familiar with the injury. Doctors do not believe Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and it's more of a neck injury that will require further testing Monday. "But I think he avoided something serious for now," said a source.

In case you missed it, here is a GIF of Heyward-Bey's collision on Sunday afternoon.


The report that Heyward-Bey is in stable condition is great news. The young wide receiver gave a thumbs-up to the crowd in Oakland while being carted off, but everyone was holding their breath until official word came from the hospital.

For more on the Raiders, be sure to check out Silver and Black Pride and SB Nation Bay Area.


Ziggy Hood Injury: DE Hurts Knee Vs. Raiders

In the dying moments of Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders, Steelers' defensive tackle Ziggy Hood went down with a knee injury. He limped off the field with help from the trainers and there are currently no updates to his status.

Hood is one of the primary run stoppers on Pittsburgh's defense, as he finished with 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season. Should he miss any serious time, his replacement is Al Woods, a fourth round pick out of LSU from the 2010 draft. A four-team journeyman, Woods has 19 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his two seasons.

It was a day of mixed emotions in Oakland, where Raiders fans were filled with jubilation at their first victory of the season, knocking off the lauded Steelers, but there was plenty of concern too when WR Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a serious injury and was taken to the hospital. Hood also being forced to leave capped off a slate of late games where injuries were all too prevalent.

Stay in this storystream for all your NFL info today. For more on the Pittsburgh Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain


Steelers Vs. Raiders Game Recap: Oakland Shocks Pittsburgh With Comeback, 34-31 Victory

The Oakland Raiders were down by 10 points when the fourth quarter started, and despite losing wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a scary head injury in the final period, they came back to beat the PIttsburgh Steelers, 34-31, on a 43-yard field goal as time expired by Sebastian Janikowski.

Ben Roethlisberger was heroic in defeat, commanding the Steeler offense despite a complete lack of a running game, throwing four touchdowns in the first three quarters. He didn't turn the ball over despite throwing 49 times, but the Raiders — led by Carson Palmer, who was throwing darts in the second half — were too much for a depleted Steelers defense that was without Troy Polamalu and James Harrison.

Carson Palmer finished with 233 yards passing and three touchdowns, managing the comeback stupendously, including engineering the Raiders' final drive, putting Janikowski well within range to knock through the winning kick. The Raiders got their first win of the season in dramatic fashion, making rookie head coach Dennis Allen's seat just a little cooler. The Steelers fell to 1-2, and they can't wait to get Polamalu, Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall, especially, back.

Fantasy Stud: Roethlisberger, of course, who finished with a line of 384 yards, four touchdowns and threw in eight rushing yards to go along with it. The cherry on top? No turnovers. Honorable mentions: Carson Palmer (three touchdowns), Darren McFadden (112 yards, one TD), Heath Miller (two TDs) and Mike Wallace (eight receptions, 118 yards, one TD).

Fantasy Dud: Steelers running backs. If you've listened to the guys at SB Nation Fantasy, then you avoided Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Chris Rainey. If not, you got no touchdowns, no back with more than 50 total yards, and Dwyer lost a fumble.

Gamblin': The Steelers were four-point favorites going into the game, so they obviously didn't cover.

injuries: The most significant injury of the game was Darrius Heyward-Bey, who took an absolutely vicious hit to the head from safety Ryan Mundy in the end zone. Heyward-Bey was moving his extremities and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd, so the absolute worst fears after an injury like that don't appear to be realized. Still, it was a scary moment, and it would be surprising to see DHB back on the field next week.

What's Next: The Steelers have a bye next week, after which they'll face the Eagles at home. The Raiders will go on the road against their division rival, the Denver Broncos, in Week 4.

For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and continue to check out SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver and Black Pride as well as SB Nation Bay Area.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey Leaves Game Following Ugly Hit

Darrius Heyward-Bey took a facemask to the helmet from Ryan Mundy, and looked to go limp immediately as he flew several yards through the air before hitting the turf.


Medical staff were being very cautious, leaving him on the turf for the better part of ten minutes while they stabilized his neck, and just removed him from the field on a back board. It's too early to speculate on the severity of the injury, though given the cautiousness of the staff it doesn't look good. However, he just gave a thumbs up to the crowd in Oakland, and appears to be moving which is a wonderful sign. Leading up to this point he was having a solid game, catching a touchdown early to keep the game in Oakland's reach.

According to Steve Corkan of the Contra Costa Times, Heyward-Bey was taken to a local hospital via ambulance for examination, and observation.

Stay in this storystream for all your NFL info today. For more on the Oakland Raiders, check out Silver And Black Pride


Darrius Heyward-Bey Ties Game In Oakland

The Oakland Raiders executed the perfect combo route which allowed Darrius Heyward-Bey to run into the end zone (almost) unimpeded, catching the corner pass over DB Ryan Mundy. Most importantly for Raiders' fans, this shows the further growth and progression of DHB from simply a deep threat, to a complete receiver will full command of the route tree.


Prior to the touchdown a critical third down offsides penalty allowed the Raiders a fresh set of downs, which set up the TD pass, tying the game.

Stay in this storystream for all your NFL info today. For more on the Oakland Raiders, check out Silver And Black Pride


Steelers Vs. Raiders: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Oakland Raiders host the Pittsburgh Steelers in search of their first win of the 2012 season.


Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Oakland Raiders: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction

Pittsburgh has injury woes, road woes and faces a team that has been very tough as an underdog. But can Oakland hang with a hungry Steelers team and cover a 4-point home spread?


Week 3 NFL Picks And Predictions: Steelers Vs. Raiders

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been picked by just about everyone to beat the Oakland Raiders.

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