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October 27, 2013

Raiders look for rare post-bye win vs. Steelers

Oakland 0-10 following a week off

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Here are five things to watch for when the Steelers visit the Raiders:
PITTSBURGH PRODUCT: Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor grew up watching the Steelers in nearby Jeannette, admiring Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. Pryor sat on the bench when the Raiders hosted Pittsburgh a year ago, but now gets a chance to go against his boyhood team.
“I’ll probably play against guys I looked up to, guys that were role models to me,” Pryor said. “At the end of the day that’s the past and I was younger. Now it’s time to go out and play against them.”
CONTAINING PRYOR: The Steelers haven’t had to contend much with running quarterbacks like Pryor this season. Opposing QBs had just 13 non-kneeldown runs in six games against Pittsburgh. Pryor leads Oakland with 285 yards rushing and is tops in the NFL at 6.5 yards per carry as he has excelled in both the read-option game and with scrambles on broken plays.
“The key is that we remain aggressive, yet smart,” Tomlin said. “Obviously, you’re concerned about constricting and containing a guy that is capable of providing explosion plays, but you can’t allow that to take your edge in terms of how you play.”
CENTER OF ATTENTION: The Raiders’ offense stalled in their loss to the Chiefs in part because of injuries on the line. The most significant were at center, where starter Stefen Wisniewski missed his second straight game with a knee injury and backup Andre Gurode left in the first half with a quadriceps injury. That forced guard Mike Brisiel to move to center for the first time ever in the NFL. Wisniewski is expected back Sunday and will once again make the line and protection calls.
“I know if it’s just in the box, Wiz is going to handle it,” Pryor said. “I know I can go back to focusing on the play and the coverage. It’s going to be a lot easier.”

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