Steelers win over Raiders, 27-14
Posted On July 9, 2021
The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 27th straight game Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak and beating the Oakland Raiders 27-10.
Pittsburgh won the game for the fifth time in six seasons.
This is the fifth straight season that the Steelers have won their opener.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 346 yards and a touchdown and his team had a chance to tie it in the third quarter.
But the Raiders’ Marcus Mariota and tight end Jared Cook combined for five catches for 113 yards.
The Raiders were without running back Latavius Murray (hamstring), who missed his second straight game because of an injury.
They also lost guard Rodger Saffold (ankle) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (concussion).
The Steelers played without running backs Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell (suspension) and tight ends Dwayne Allen and Martellus Bennett (hamstrings).
“We didn’t execute,” said offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
“They’re not good at executing.”
The Raiders came into this game 2-0 and had won their last three.
But they have struggled against the Steelers.
They have been outscored 45-3 during a five-game winning streak in Oakland.
“We had to go out there and play hard,” offensive lineman Joe Barksdale said.
“The guys just played hard.
We had to be aggressive and we just had to put the ball in the end zone.”
Pittsburgh also outgained the Raiders 17-6 in the second quarter.
The Steelers led 24-0 at halftime, but the Raiders scored seven unanswered touchdowns to take a 27-7 lead with 2:25 left in the half.
Roethlosberger threw three touchdowns to tight end Antonio Gates, who caught two passes for 51 yards.
Cook, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, caught two for 24 yards.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who completed just 20 of 36 passes for 190 yards, had two interceptions and was sacked five times.
The teams had combined for six turnovers during this four-game skid.
“You can’t do anything right,” Carr said.
Oakland quarterback Derek Wilson threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Gates.
“It’s a big win for us and a big loss for them,” Wilson said.
The game marked the fourth time in five seasons that the Raiders have lost at home.
They’ve lost six straight against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The last time the Raiders were beaten at home by Pittsburgh was Dec. 31, 2008, when they were beaten 13-0 by the team that would later become the Raiders.
In that game, Roethlasberger completed 22 of 39 passes for 258 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Titans, who also were beaten by Oakland, also have won at home three times in five years.
Pittsburgh has won three in a row in Oakland since 2005, when the Raiders took the first of four consecutive trips to Oakland.
The next game is Nov. 7 at Oakland.