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Default Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 10 vs. Raiders

Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 10 vs. Raiders
Monday, November 22, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
Steelers linebacker James Farrior had seven tackles including one sack in Sunday's game against the Raiders at Heinz Field.
Game Ball goes to: ILB James Farrior

The Raiders had the NFL's most productive running back and No. 2 rush offense, but the defense shut them down in dominating fashion. And leading the charge was Farrior, who had seven solo tackles, including two for losses, and a sack. Farrior was shooting every gap and clogging every hole, holding RB Darren McFadden to 14 yards on 10 carries -- 94 yards below his league-leading average of 108.6 yards per game. "I thought James Farrior was what we needed him to be," coach Mike Tomlin said.
The Countdown

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:

1 One-two punch: Trailing 3-0, the Steelers put together their longest scoring drive of the season, and they did it by splitting the season-high 14 plays between Roethlisberger and RB Rashard Mendenhall. Roethlisberger completed five of six passes for 52 yards with the help of two third-down conversions and Mendenhall carried eight times for 34 yards, the final one a 5-yard touchdown. Mendenhall already has a career-high eight rushing touchdowns.

2 Punch it out: Roethlisberger converted five of his last six third-down chances in the first half, but not all with his arm. On third-and-5, he scrambled for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 14-3 -- one of three rushes for a career-high 55 yards.

3 One punch KO: The knockout blow for the Raiders either came on Roethlisberger's touchdown pass to Sanders or the punch by DT Richard Seymour that came afterward. "I haven't seen a quarterback get punched since I've been in the league after a play like that," Tomlin said.

4 Ike punch out: One play after his pass interference penalty on third down, CB Ike Taylor knocked the ball from WR Louis Murphy after a 12-yard catch, LB Lawrence Timmons recovered and the Steelers converted the takeaway into a 21-3 lead.

5 Down for the count: It looked like the old Troy Polamalu against the Raiders, especially when his interception and 38-yard return near the end of the third quarter resulted in Roethlisberger's 52-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Wallace.
Inside the Numbers: 163

That's the number of penalties yards against the Steelers, most in team history. These included one that wiped out an interception return for a score by Ike Taylor, and one that negated Antonio Brown's 67-yard scoring return.
What was he thinking

After an embarrassing loss to New England, coach Mike Tomlin challenged his leaders during the week to pick it up. Roethlisberger and Farrior each did. Roethlisberger threw for three scores and ran for another and Farrior had seven solo tackles. The defense held the Raiders, averaging 38.6 points in their past three games, without a touchdown. "When you're bouncing back from a type of performance we had last week, you expect those guys to stand up and lead the charge," Tomlin said.

"It was BS ... it was uncalled for and selfish. I would never do anything like that. He's been in this league long enough that he should be more professional than that."

-- G Chris Kemoeatu on DT Richard Seymour's ejection for punching Ben Roethlisberger
X's AND O's

The Steelers know WR Mike Wallace can use his speed to run past cornerbacks. But offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been wanting him to take short passes and turn them into big gains, much like Santonio Holmes used to do. Wallace did just that on the first play of the fourth quarter, catching a short pass from Roethlisberger at the Raiders 47, cutting inside S Stevie Brown and beating S Tyvon Branch to the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown. "I thought he was just going to get the first down," Roethlisberger said.
Next Sunday's Opponent

@ BUFFALO BILLS, 1 P.M. SUNDAY: Bills, coming off back-to-back victories against Detroit and Cincinnati, have lost seven of the past eight against the Steelers, who make their first regular-season visit to Orchard Park, N.Y. since 2004.

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