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The Oakland Coliseum has been a bit of a house
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OAKLAND Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , Calif. (AP) —  of horrors for Ben Roethlisberger in his career.While Big Ben has had success almost everywhere he has played, he’s still looking for his first career win in Oakland after losing his three previous trips to Raiders teams that combined for just 10 wins in those three seasons.Roethlisberger gets his final chance at a win in Oakland on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1) look to snap a two-game losing streak when they visit the struggling Raiders (2-10).Article continues below ...“Well that’s what makes it fun, right?” Roethlisberger said. “You asked me about the venues, the fans, and all those things. It’s not an easy place to play. What an awesome challenge for us.”TheRaiders are the only AFC opponent Roethlisberger hasn’t beaten on the road since entering the league in 2004.Roethlisberger’s first trip to Oakland came in 2006 as defending Super Bowl champion and he threw four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns in a 20-13 loss to a Raiders team that finished that season with two wins.Roethlisberger came back again in 2012 and ’13 against Oakland teams that finished 4-12. He played better in those games but still ended up on the short end, losing 34-31 in 2012 on a last-second field goal by Sebastian Janikowski, and 21-18 the following year thanks in part to a 93-yard run on the opening play by Terrelle Pryor.Now he gets to face another down Oakland squad that at least showed some signs of life last week in a 40-33 home loss to AFC-leading Kansas City that got Roethlisberger’s attention.“You see what they did last week against of one of the best teams in football and fought them all the way to the end, so we can’t worry about records,” he said. “I’ve never won there, so that becomes a challenge as well.”Here are some other things to watch:SECOND CHANCE FOR WASHINGTONPittsburgh picked wide receiver James Washington in the second round of the draft with the hopes Washington would take over as the team’s primary deep threat for Martavis Bryant — who the Steelers dealt to Oakland. It hasn’t quite worked out the way Washington planned. He has eight receptions for 77 yards through 12 games and was a healthy scratch last week against the Chargers. An injury to Justin Hunter, however, opened the door back up for Washington.“Sometimes you get knocked down Kaleb McGary Jersey ,” Tomlin said. “You’ve got to get in the lab and work.”PROTECT THE BALLThe good news last week for the Raiders’ running game is the team gained 171 yards on the ground, the most since Week 2 in 2017. The bad news is halfbacks Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington all lost fumbles, playing a big role in the team’s loss to Kansas City.TERRIFIC TERRELLSteelers rookie safety Terrell Edmunds is growing up quickly on the job. He got the first sack of his career last week when he chased down Philip Rivers, and with veteran Morgan Burnett struggling to stay healthy, Edmunds has shouldered a significant workload. He’s missed just three plays combined over the last two weeks, and his speed and sure tackling are reason’s Pittsburgh’s run defense is markedly improved over last season.COOKING IT UPTight end Jared Cook has been one of the few bright spots for the Raiders. Cook has already matched his career high with 54 catches and six touchdowns this season, and his 709 yards receiving are 50 off his personal best set in 2011 in Tennessee. Cook is fourth in the league among all tight ends in yards receiving, and only Travis Kelce and Eric Ebron have more TD catches.“We’re just trying our best to feature him every way we know how,” coach Jon Gruden said. “He’s also doing a lot in pass protection and the running game. He’s got to be a Pro Bowl tight end this year, I think.”COMMITTEE APPROACHWith James Conner, whose 12 rushing touchdowns are second in the league, out with a sprained left ankle Kendall Sheffield Jersey , the Steelers will turn to veteran Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels to share the load out of the backfield. The two have combined for 30 carries for 87 yards while spelling Conner, though Samuels does have two touchdown receptions.“I have been awaiting a shot, awaiting this opportunity, and we need to go out there and handle business, however it is,” Ridley said. “I don’t care how it gets done.” This isn’t exactly where the Jets expected to be right now. At least, not this way.Todd Bowles’ bunch is 1-2 after an embarrassing flop in Cleveland, falling 21-17 on Thursday night to a Browns team that hadn’t won since 2016. Two losses in five days have New York looking for answers and hoping things don’t quickly spiral before the season is even a month old.“It’s a 24-hour rule and you’ve got to have tough skin,” Bowles said Friday morning. “We’re a tough-minded team and it’s not going to drag. We’ve got a couple of days to get some rest and get some guys back and get healthy and move on to Jacksonville next week �? no different from if we had won the ballgame.“We’ll be fine that way. I think we’re mentally tough.”Judging from the mistakes, penalties and missed opportunities in the Jets’ losses to Miami last Sunday and then at Cleveland, the team hasn’t backed up its coach.That assessment will certainly be tested, though. New York’s upcoming schedule includes some tough defenses �? at Jacksonville, vs. Denver John Cominsky Jersey , vs. Indianapolis, vs. Minnesota and at Chicago �? that will be licking their chops at the prospect of facing rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.“Going in, watching the schedule after he won starting job, I thought this would be his toughest game from a scheme-coverage standpoint because of the things they do on that side of the ball,” Bowles said. “I thought he handled that well.”It’s not that the No. 3 overall pick has been bad. Darnold hasn’t been particularly great, either.In the Jets’ two losses, he has one touchdown pass and four interceptions, although the two against Cleveland came late in the game while he was trying to rally New York to a comeback.“It’s not acceptable the way that I played tonight and I know that, but also take it like a man,” Darnold said after the game. “I feel like I’m responsible for some of the stagnant offense that we had. I just have to play better. That’s really it. I have to find completions and continue to do what I’ve been doing.”Darnold was 15 of 31 for 169 yards and the two INTs against Cleveland. He has said all the right things, showing the maturity of a veteran. But the 21-year-old face of the franchise is going through the rookie rollercoaster of ups and downs.“He has a fire within that you really can’t see, but I thought he competed his butt off yesterday,” Bowles said. “I thought yesterday was one of his better ballgames from a mental standpoint and a toughness standpoint and a grit standpoint.”But Darnold was easily overshadowed in front of a prime-time crowd by Baker Mayfield Qadree Ollison Jersey , the No. 1 overall pick who replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and energized the Browns while leading them to their first win since Dec. 24, 2016.While Mayfield was zipping passes all around the field, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates seemed to play it mostly conservative with Darnold. Bowles thought the offense was “well-balanced,” but added that the Browns’ defense negated some of the Jets’ game plan in the second half.“I mean, we can run it better, we can protect better, we can run routes better and he can make some decisions better,” Bowles said. “But it’s a team effort. It’s not just Sam. From that standpoint, I’m not saying that people weren’t helping him out. We can do a better job all around helping him out.”Not committing silly penalties �? on both sides of the ball �? would be a start.There was Isaiah Crowell‘s touchdown celebration when he pretended to wipe his rear end with the football before firing it into the crowd, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.Cornerback Trumaine Johnson had two penalties during one drive, including an unsportsmanlike conduct call on a third-down play when he flipped the ball to Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, and an unnecessary roughness call two plays later.Also, Mayfield was sacked on a 2-point conversion attempt at the end of the third quarter Ed Oliver Jersey , but cornerback Morris Claiborne committed a holding penalty. The Browns converted the 2-point try, with Landry throwing to Mayfield, tying the game and shifting the momentum to Cleveland.“Well, the penalties are definitely on the players,” Bowles said. “I mean, coaches can’t play for them. We understand situations and we know what to do and what not to do. Guys have got to be calmer in certain situations.”Perhaps the biggest swing came with the Jets leading 14-3 in the third period when Darnold completed a 17-yard pass to Robby Anderson, who then fumbled. The Browns kicked a field goal four plays later, making it a one-score game.“I know we have character and I know that we’ll fight and I know we have a decent team,” Bowles said. “We’ve just got to cut down and fix some things.”NOTES: WR ArDarius Stewart was re-signed to the practice squad after being waived earlier in the week. Stewart was a third-round pick out of Alabama last year. To make room, WR Deontay Burnett was released. … Bowles said there were no major injuries coming out of the game.___
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