In the midst of a two-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a likely get-right game on the road against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Oakland boasts the league’s worst record at 2-10 on the season and has been outscored by an average of 12.3 points per game. Jon Gruden’s squad just has not been competitive through the first 13 weeks of the season.
Even then, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t overlooking the bottom-feeding Raiders.
“The environment, the team, the travel. A little bit of everything,” Ben Roethlisberger said about the challenges of playing on the west coast, via the team’s official website. “I have been doing it for a while and have heard other people talk about it. Whether you are going to the elevation in Denver or going to the West Coast, I have heard people say if it’s under 24 hours it doesn’t affect your body”
Sure Oakland is not an easy place to play. But that doesn’t mean the Steelers are going to be challenged much here. Oakland boasts a 1-5 record at home and has been outscored by 76 points on those six games. Despite this, Big Ben had an interesting way to describe Pittsburgh’s trip to Oakland.
“It’s not an easy place to play. What an awesome challenge for us,” Big Ben continued.
For his part, Roethlisberger has never won in Oakland. He’s also struggled on the road this season, tossing 10 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions.
At 7-4-1 on the season, Pittsburgh is just a half game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. This is certainly a must-win game.