Steelers vs. Raiders second half open thread

Thearon W. Henderson

Oakland well in control against the lifeless Steelers.

A poorly prepared and sluggish Steelers team trails the host Oakland Raiders 21-3 at halftime.

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor busted loose on a 93-yard touchdown run on the game's first play from scrimmage, and even with two interceptions giving Pittsburgh its only three points, Oakland is well in control of this game. Running back Darren McFadden has two rushing touchdowns, and the Steelers have rushed for eight yards, compared to Oakland's 183.

Pittsburgh appears lifeless, something that's plagued them against the Raiders in games past, both played in Oakland and in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have lost three straight at O.co Coliseum, and are well on their way to a fourth straight loss.

A late hit on Roethlisberger that wasn't flagged was reminiscent of a hit on him when these teams played in Oakland. A scrum broke out on the final drive of the second half, but it didn't fire them up enough. Shaun Suisham missed his first field goal of the year, badly hooking a 34-yard attempt to walk into the locker room.

The Raiders' big plays on offense (Pryor's run) and special teams (a blocked punt that set up their second touchdown) will draw more headlines, but the Raiders' defense is baffling the Steelers through two quarters. Ben Roethlisberger is 12-for-18 for 98 yards, and most of it looks almost accidental.

The Steelers will receive the ball to start the second half. What they'll do with it is anyone's guess right now.

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