OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Fans of the Oakland Raiders cheer against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Teams: Steelers at Raiders
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The local prisons are emptied to fill Oakland-Alameda County Stadium when the Raiders are in town, and so far, Oakland isn't playing well enough to keep a rabid fan base in good behavior.
This game is likely to be chippy and bullyish, which is the kind of game the Steelers can play, but haven't yet. With two games under the belts of both teams, expect it to be much more physical now that both teams have adjusted to the product they have on the field.
It's premature to say it's do-or-die for the Steelers' running game, but frankly, if they aren't going to get a decent average and run for several first downs, it's tough to see at what point and against which opponent they'll have that kind of success.
Expect a balanced approach offensively, but the Steelers are likely to incorporate some no-huddle, and look to get points on the board early. Taking a mob-like crowd out of the game will be critical in the second half if the Steelers take a lead into the locker room.
Put Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman on notice, too, because this is likely the last game of deactivation for Rashard Mendenhall. After the bye in Week 4, he'll be ready for action against Philadelphia.