Yes, we lost the game. But what a loss it was as the Oakland Raiders took blow after blow from the Steelers in Pittsburgh and just kept getting up off the canvas to continue fighting. Sure some of the wounds were self inflicted, but the fact that they overcame their mistakes and fought through injuries to tie it up 35-35 late in the fourth qtr. was gutsy.
Today we saw a young football team respond mightily again and again to adverse situations in one of the hardest stadiums for visitors to win at. The Pittsburgh Steelers gave everything they had and would be the first to tell folks that the 2015 Oakland Raiders are a team to be reckoned with.
If you look at the Steelers offensive stats you'd think the game was a blowout. Their rushing and receiving yards were off the charts, thanks in part to an explosive young receiver with the initials A.B. And yet it was the Oakland Raiders knocking Big Ben out of the game and then tying the score with 1:15 left in the game.
Both defenses were exploited throughout the game, with the last big offensive play coming from again, "That" Pittsburgh wide receiver with the initials A.B. Lucky for the Steelers no time was left for Raiders QB Derek Carr to get back on the field. Ask any Steeler player and they'll tell you, Carr is a beast.
The Raiders are at home against the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday. Vikings starting QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion today and probably will not play next week. I pity the purple fools. The Raiders come home bloodied and bruised from a hard fought battle between men; not divas, not specialists, but men. Brave Men returning home from a test of their beaten bodies, fighting spirits and wills to win. Men who truly understand that when you play football for the Silver & Black, it's not just a game.