Watching the unfolding of an unlikely fourth quarter comeback by the Raiders against Pittsburgh tonight, I couldnÆt help but be impressed.á It is a long time since I have said that about an Oakland offensive performance. Now that Russell has been benched, things have turned around quickly under Bruce Gradkowski, who also engineered a win against a good Bengals team. This week, he put almost 400 yards of offense on one of the best defences in the league, which is an improvement again. Because the passing game was a threat, the running game also worked well. Not many teams can run the ball on the Steelers. Oakland did. So what was different again this week? Rookie Darrius Heyward Bey didnÆt play, thatÆs what was different. The absence of the two biggest under-performers on this team has ...
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