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The Past Has No Relevance To The Future – Raiders Game Is A Must Win, Baby


Despite putting together back-to-back wins after an 0-4 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers still sit nestled at that bottom of the AFC North as they head into week eight. Sunday, they must beat a 2-4 Oakland Raiders team coming off their bye week on the road in order to keep their improbable playoff hopes alive. If they don’t, the previous two wins will really become meaningless.

Winning on the road against the Raiders has been a chore for the Steelers over the years, however. Including all post season meetings, the Steelers are 4-9 all-time when facing the Silver and Black on the road in either Oakland or Los Angeles.

While this stat might be perceived by many as meaningless, the Raiders haven’t won a game following their bye week dating back to 2002. Head coach Dennis Allen was asked about that losing streak Monday during his talk with the media and he answered the question perfectly.

“I think we’re all aware of that, but like I told the players today, the past has no relevance to the future,” said Allen. “Any of the outcomes that have happened after a bye in the past won’t dictate how we go out and play against Pittsburgh. What’s going to dictate how we go out and play against Pittsburgh is how well we prepare during the week, and then how well do we go out and execute that plan on Sunday.”

One thing that might play in the favor for the Steelers this coming Sunday is the health of the Raiders offensive line as it has been ravaged by injuries. With that being said, the Steelers defense couldn’t manhandle a makeshift San Diego Chargers offensive line last year at home.

Speaking of last year, the Steelers also lost to Raiders team that was without several key members of their secondary in week three.

As much as Sunday is a must-win for the Steelers, the same goes for the Raiders as their season will be all but over should they lose. They have had an extra week to prepare for the Steelers and that will be helpful for their young quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was sacked nine times by the Kansas City Chiefs in his last game.

The past in football indeed has no relevance to the future, but should the Steelers look past this upcoming game against the Raiders, there will most certainly not be any playoffs this year in their future.

Late Raiders owner Al Davis always used to say, “Just win, baby.” In the case of these 2-4 Steelers, it’s more like, must win, baby.

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  • Lamarr56

    The Raiders have been the Steelers kryptonite over the past few years. The previous years when we lost, the Steelers were suprised in a trap game. I think the Steelers know that they need a win on Sunday, and will come out prepared against Oakland.

  • Eric

    The Steelers injury riddled makeshift O line vs the Raiders injury riddled makeshift O line in Oakland. I am going with the Steelers.

  • steeltown

    I think this Team is a little more focused than in the past, they know they’ve dug themselves in a deep hole. Last season we were 1-1 coming off a win when we faced OAK, this time around we are already in desperation mode

    Stay focused, stay physical, stay desperate

  • ATL96STEELER

    Exactly, exactly, exactly!!!

    PIT made some moves that kind of backfired, but they were not deterred, the team has responded…as the article states, a loss here pretty much makes those two wins meaningless.

    A big key to this game will be playing with a lead to keep the running game and playaction meaningful in the 2nd half…LY they killed us with the delayed blitz up the middle…I think Bicknell is adjusting well on the fly.

    On DEF we get J.Jones back I’m thinking, Thomas is getting more and more action…I liked that pkg with him and Troy out there. Looking forward to this week and another strong effort.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I hope!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I have never liked those stats the say we have only won 4 times out of 13 in Oakland stadium and so on just because this year is a different year with different players. Last year would hold more relevance but going back 15-20 years means nothing IMO.

  • Mike Carroll

    I like seeing Woodley reminding people about the hole they’ve dug.

  • Mike Carroll

    Definitely agree this week is another must win. I might even say the NE game will be too, especially if the Bengals keep winning. Keep that playoff beard going for a few more weeks Ben! LOL.

    Oakland has definitely been a trouble spot in recent years and I hate the fact the oddsmakers (and bettors) have made the Steelers a road favorite in this game. But, I’m hoping LeBeau is able handle Pryor like he normally handles rookie QBs. Pryor has looked really good at times this year, but pretty bad at other times. He’s sort of like Geno Smith, inexperienced, young, big, mobile, but mainly a pocket passer. Pryor has run a bit more though. Hopefully, the Steeler D handles him the same way.

  • Douglas Andrews

    This team seems more focused than last years. I’m sure alot has to do with the 0-4 start but I like what i’ve seen over the last two games. I’m thinking the Steelers will come out and take care of business early. Just a gut feeling

  • T R

    Wonder if Darren McFadden will still be out.. he hurt us on long run last yer… we just gotta play ball and we got it..

  • Luke Shabro

    The biggest thing I’ve seen is the funk that was hanging over us seems to have largely dissipated. I swear it was like Ryan Clark’s INT against the Jets broke what seemed to be a fog over the team. It doesn’t seem like calls that go against them or bad plays are affecting them nearly as bad as early on. Much more confidence and I’m hoping they’re just playing angry because they want to break the perception of being a bad team.

  • Luke Shabro

    I saw the beard coming out in Ben also. I like it! These guys are angry and hopefully continue to play angry

  • cencalsteeler

    I’m venturing to the Black Hole for this one. They better pull it out!

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Same here.

  • cencalsteeler

    All right!!!!

  • Mike.H

    I have an on-line DEGREE for sport psychology. Raiders game is winnable if you win the turnover ratio with +2 or +3. Time to step it up, leaders! Whiners please sit.

  • Rob

    If you look at the stats as a trend then both teams should loose. If you look at them as having happened too many times to continue both teams should win. The tough thing for The Steelers is playing well after a long flight. Hope they do better than they did in Merry old England

  • HopalongCassidy

    The past may have relevance to the future. It seems that the Steelers always play poorly when traveling west of the Rockies (Including Denver). Perhaps it is that deal where they don’t want to change up their schedule during the week that causes this. Maybe the answer is to change up the schedule and get to those places earlier in order to get better acclimated before the games. To me, given the past history of poor play out west, changing up might just be the thing to try to see if it does make a difference. If they don’t change up and lose again, I say a pox on Tomlin for not recognizing that may have been the problem and trying to change up the routine.

  • Riverstko

    Two keys to the game; Beat the crowd,the black hole on halloween week gonna be rough. Keep them out the game. Next Contain pryor, dont let him run up and down the field. Use that same gameplan used on gino.

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