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Key Takeaways from Pittsburgh Steelers' Win over Oakland

Published by Bleacher Report on Mon, 09 Nov 2015

They were battered and bruised but, ultimately, the Pittsburgh Steelers came out on top with the 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday.The game was a shootout until the end when Chris Boswell sent the Raiders (4-4, 2-2) packing with a game-winning field goal with two seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Steelers (5-4, 3-2), even without the services of Le'Veon Bell, were able to put up record-setting numbers on offense against an underrated Raiders team.Ben Roethlisberger went down late in the game with a sprained foot after Raiders defensive end Aldon Smith rolled on top of his foot during a sack and is likely to miss next week's game against the Browns, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. But this game was more about the collective effort of the Steelers, who stepped up when their team needed them the most.Big Shoes to FillWith Le'Veon Bell lost for the season after tearing the MCL in his right knee last weekend, the Steelers once again called upon DeAngelo Williams to take his spot in the backfield.And, boy, did he ever.Williams finished the game with 170 yards on 27 carries including two rushing touchdowns as a replacement, leaving many to wonder why the Carolina Panthers let Williams walk in free agency this season. The 32-year-old back has been a revelation for the Steelers this year, especially when Bell hasn't been able to see the field through suspension or injury. He has 481 rushing yards this season and six touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.Having Williams in the backfield will lessen the blow of losing Bell for the remainder of the season and although he may not be as effective as Bell, Williams is more than capable of carrying this football team in the run game.What Can Brown Do For You'Arguably the most dominant wide receiver in football, Antonio Brown reminded the NFL just how good he is. With a career-high 17 receptions, Brown hauled in 284 receiving yards while scorching Charles Woodson and the rest of the Raiders secondary. Brown did everything except score a touchdown for the Steelers and was instrumental during their game-winning drive."Wow...Wow! ... The defense let the team down today," Woodson said after the game to San Francisco Chronicle writer Vic Tafur, after hearing about Brown's 284 receiving yards.Through nine games, Brown has amassed 1,002 receiving yards on 69 catches, trailing only Julio Jones (80 catches, 1,029 yards) in both categories.Combined, Brown and Williams tallied 531 of Pittsburgh's 597 total yards on the game.Landry Jones In the ZoneWhen Roethlisberger went down in the fourth quarter, Landry Jones was called upon to steady the ship to the end with a 35-28 lead.Then came the Raiders.Oakland put together a seven-play, 69-yard drive that was capped off with Michael Crabtree's second touchdown reception of the day off a 38-yard pass from Derek Carr, who finished with four passing touchdowns of his own.With 1:15 remaining in the game, Jones and the Steelers offense were finding it difficult to gain any traction until Jones found an open Brown running across the middle, who ran down the sidelines for 57 yards to set up an 18-yard field goal by Boswell to seal the game.Jones finished the game with 79 yards on 4-of-6 passing to give the Steelers their fifth win of the season, while handing the Raiders their fourth loss of the season. Jones stepped up when he needed to, just like he did when Roethlisberger went down earlier this season.Jones has shown that he can get the ball to his playmakers in Williams, Brown and Martavis Bryant so the Steelers should be fine until Big Ben returns, and since Michael Vick was a healthy scratch from Sunday's game against the Raiders, that only goes to prove that Pittsburgh has faith in Jones.The Steelers will have until next Sunday to get Jones ready for the task at hand against the Cleveland Brownsbefore the team's much-needed bye week in Week 11.Stats courtesy of NFL.comand accurate as of November 8.
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