Raiders won’t attack Steelers in same way Patriots did

New England had some success spreading the Steelers defense out last Sunday night, but that’s not the Raiders style.  Oakland has improved offensively this year with power running and play-action passing.  Don’t expect them to change.

“We’re really not [built that way],” coach Tom Cable said, via the Oakland Tribune.  “We have to be who we are. At the same time, you look at some of the issues that they had on Sunday night was about spreading them out and mixing them up. . . .  At the end of the day, be who you are and you might mix in a few things.”

(It’s worth noting the Patriots also had plenty of success against Pittsburgh in two-tight end power formations.)

One reason it may be tougher for the Raiders to spread out the Steelers is that they are short at wide receiver.  Darrius Heyward-Bey strained his hamstring at practice during the bye week and it sounds like he won’t play this week.   Chaz Schilens, meanwhile, may not return this season, according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It sounds like his knee isn’t recovering well.

Raiders-Steelers should be a fun matchup to watch because it will pit strength-on-strength.  Oakland’s ground game is second in yards and third in yards-per-carry this year.  The Steelers are first in both categories.

20 responses to “Raiders won’t attack Steelers in same way Patriots did

  1. Playing the part of Tom Brady: Jason Campbell. Good luck with that. Let’s see if the Raiders can beat a quality team on the road before their fans start talking playoffs. Still have road games in KC and SD.

  2. One reason it may be tougher for the Raiders to spread out the Steelers is that they are short at wide receiver.
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    Another reason is, the Steelers defense is REALLY good (1 game doesnt change that), and New England has Tom Brady, Oakland has Jason Campbell…..

  3. It’s gonna be so fun watching Oakland beat the team from the number 8 dirtiest city in the U.S.

    Here comes another implosion – just like last year.

    Yeah, I’m a hater.

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    grogansheroes says: Nov 18, 2010 8:48 AM

    Playing the part of Tom Brady: Jason Campbell. Good luck with that. Let’s see if the Raiders can beat a quality team on the road before their fans start talking playoffs. Still have road games in KC and SD.

    So you’re saying that KC and SD are quality teams when they are playing at home? Because we beat both of them in Oakland, and we’ll do it again any time, any place! Oh, and Grads is healthy, didn’t he beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh last year? I’m guessing he’ll get some playing time in the 2nd half.

  5. We ALL know Campbell isn’t Tom Brady, maybe we can move on from that, maybe.

    Campbells indecision when about to throw is what bothers me. Cable keeps telling him to let it loose, and he’s been a little better at it lately, we’ll see.

    The Raiders love to go deep out of heavy sets, off playaction.

    As good as McFadden is, I’d like to see more of Bush this Sunday.

    Line it up and hammer it in there, we’ll see how good the Steelers are against the run, when they have to leave their safety’s deep.

  6. it’ll be interesting because Polamalu is banged up, Ward is out, and Suisham will be the new kicker now that Reed is gone. …revenge will be heavy on their minds and they remember their late season slide…Campbell is in for the test of his career. He got lit up when he was with DC v. the Steelers….

    See if the Raiders can get it done…unconcerned with KC on the road and not San Diego, either (Aso will be back for that game)

  7. All this here means we will try to spread them out. Just like Callahan said in 2002… “We are’t going to play them how the Patriots played them” and we cam out throwing over 40 times in the first half.

  8. The Steelers will defend the Raiders differently than they do the Patriots. If they stop the run against Oakland, they should be fine. Belichick/Brady don’t just spread Pittsburgh. They throw all of the time on them and it’s both long and short. While the Patriots usually beat Pittsburgh, I have never seen Pittsburgh with such a lame pass rush.

  9. The way the Patriots beat the Steelers was to spread the field and throw 50 times. Tom Brady can do that to the Steelers. (One game could be a fluke. Every game of your career is not.) How many quarterbacks can throw 50 passes and not make any mistakes. I’ll spot ya Brady and P. Manning and I’ll take my chances against anybody else trying it. Other teams will have to find their own blueprint to win.

  10. RaiderMight says: Nov 18, 2010 10:30 AM

    All this here means we will try to spread them out. Just like Callahan said in 2002… “We are’t going to play them how the Patriots played them” and we cam out throwing over 40 times in the first half.
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    But we had Rich Gannon back then, big difference.

    We can spread them out, but we’ll run allot more than pass.

  11. Cable’s right though. They are equipped to play that way against the Steelers.

    Their best chance is to take advantage of that Steeler swiss cheese offensive line and try to force some mistakes. They keep pounding the ball and hopefully get a couple down-field passes to win a relatively low scoring game.

  12. DHB is hurt? So what! DHB’s injured hamstring could catch 6 passes for 120 yards against that defense. With his whole body playing, put DHB down for 18 rec. and 289 yards!
    That dude is a beast! So is the Oakland training staff – all beasts! And the Oakland waterboy – waterbeast!

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