The Week 2 Sunday morning matchup between Raiders vs Steelers was a confidence builder as the Raiders won their second game of the season putting them at top of their AFC West division at 2-0, tied with the Denver Broncos who also won their second game in a row.
In the middle of the first quarter, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambled and threw a bomb in the direction of receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster only to be picked off by Raider cornerback Trayvon Mullen Jr. The Raiders were able to convert their possession to a 46-yard field goal by kicker Daniel Carlson, who was also able to score another 33 yard toward the beginning of the 2nd quarter.
A couple minutes later on the Steelers possession, Big Ben connected with receiver Diontae Johnson this time around for a deep 41 yarder. A trick play with runningback Najee Harris as the decoy, the Steelers gave it to JuJu for a 3-yard rushing touchdown to give them a 7-6 lead.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr made some nice passes to his receivers to bring the team to the red zone at the end of the 2nd quarter. The Bryan Edwards hype was in effect as Carr caught him in the end zone but a flag was thrown for offensive holding. Carlson finished the half with another 41 yard field goal to put the Raiders up 9-7 as time ran out.
In the second half, Carr fed all of his starting receivers along with tight end Foster Moreau for a scoring drive that bumped up their lead to 16-7. The Steelers had to answer back and made a big play with rookie running back Najee Harrisas he connected with Roethlisberger for a 25 yard touchdown.
This was where things got crazy. On the very next possession on 3rd & 10, Carr threw a hail mary from the LV 39 to second-year receiver Henry Ruggs III for a 61 yard touchdown. We can only imagine if this happened at Allegiant Stadium. With the Las Vegas Raiders up 23-14, the momentum shifted as Pittsburgh were only able to set up a field goal for the rest of the game.
The Raiders traded a field goal back and won 26-17. The Steelers defense definitely took a hit with the T.J. Watt injury earlier in the game as nothing felt the same afterwards for the Black & Yellow. A dominant win for the Silver & Black as they maintained control of the ball for more than 34 minutes of the game. We’re now 2-0…onto the next!