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Old 09-21-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial: Week 3 Matchups

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-2)
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All-time series: 10-9 (Oakland)
Last meeting: 2010. Heinz Field. Raiders 3 at Steelers 35
Last meeting in Oakland: 2006. Steelers 13 at Raiders 20

Week 3 marks the 20th meeting between these two historic franchise's. Once a hated rivalry back in the 1970's, the Steelers (1-1) travel to Oakland to take on the 0-2 Raiders. In week 2, Pittsburgh bounced back after a week 1 loss at Denver to beat the N.Y Jets 27-10 at Heinz Field. Oakland on the other hand, dropped 2 straight with a week 1 loss to the San Diego Chargers at the Coliseum (22-14) and a gut-wrenching loss in week 2 at the Miami Dolphins (35-13.)

KEY MATCHUP: ILB Lawrence Timmons vs RB Darren McFadden.

After watching what Oakland has to offer in the first two weeks, it seems as if the Raiders offense goes as far as Darren McFadden will take them. Not only is he their feature back, but he is Carson Palmer's main checkdown guy in a very lethargic offensive attack. I expect Lawrence Timmons to shadow McFadden all over the field Sunday and keep a close eye in not only the backfield, but once he releases as well. Oakland loves to check-down in the flats and get McFadden involved early and often to try and create one on one mis-match's with the linebackers. Timmons is practically the only Steelers defender on the field that can match-up one on one with a versatile back like McFadden, so keep an eye on this matchup throughout the football game as it could be the key to success for the Steelers defense.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial: Week 3 Matchups

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Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-2)
O.co Coliseum
All-time series: 10-9 (Oakland)
Last meeting: 2010. Heinz Field. Raiders 3 at Steelers 35
Last meeting in Oakland: 2006. Steelers 13 at Raiders 20

Week 3 marks the 20th meeting between these two historic franchise's. Once a hated rivalry back in the 1970's, the Steelers (1-1) travel to Oakland to take on the 0-2 Raiders. In week 2, Pittsburgh bounced back after a week 1 loss at Denver to beat the N.Y Jets 27-10 at Heinz Field. Oakland on the other hand, dropped 2 straight with a week 1 loss to the San Diego Chargers at the Coliseum (22-14) and a gut-wrenching loss in week 2 at the Miami Dolphins (35-13.)

KEY MATCHUP: ILB Lawrence Timmons vs RB Darren McFadden.

After watching what Oakland has to offer in the first two weeks, it seems as if the Raiders offense goes as far as Darren McFadden will take them. Not only is he their feature back, but he is Carson Palmer's main checkdown guy in a very lethargic offensive attack. I expect Lawrence Timmons to shadow McFadden all over the field Sunday and keep a close eye in not only the backfield, but once he releases as well. Oakland loves to check-down in the flats and get McFadden involved early and often to try and create one on one mis-match's with the linebackers. Timmons is practically the only Steelers defender on the field that can match-up one on one with a versatile back like McFadden, so keep an eye on this matchup throughout the football game as it could be the key to success for the Steelers defense.

Read more: http://www.steelersfever.com/editorials/1011.html
I really hope you are right Bro, man oh man, I remember watching McFadden when he played at Arkansas, the dude is a burner. I really hope Carson Palmer is looking up at the sky quite a bit, I think that the key will be the ability to apply pressure, Keisel is due to have a big game, bring on the "Keisel Deisel"!
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Default Re: Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial: Week 3 Matchups

Yeah man, like I said, I fully expect the Raiders to get McFadden involved early and often. There is just absolutely NO threat on the outsides to prove otherwise for the Raiders. The way the Raiders have played the past two weeks plays right into how LeBeau calls a game: KEEP EVERYTHING IN FRONT OF YOU.

It would be nice to not only go on a 2 game win streak, but get one on the road against an AFC opponent nonetheless.
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