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Steelers Lose Game and Perhaps More on Sunday to The Raiders


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Derek Carr threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-17 at Heinz Field. However, the Steelers lost nose tackle Tyson Alualu to an ankle injury; and more importantly, they lost star pass rusher, T.J. Watt, in the second quarter due to a groin injury.


Las Vegas (2-0) was moving the ball consistently but only mustered three field goals in the first half while the Steelers only mustered a 7-play, 75-yard drive that ended on a JuJu Smith-Schuster run on a jet sweep for their only points of the first half.


The drive of the game from the Raiders came in the third quarter when they went on a 7- play, 82-yard drive where Carr connected with Brian Edwards on the first play of the drive, a 23 pass to Hunter Renfrow on a 3rd and 9, and a 30-yard pass to Henry Ruggs to set up a 9-yard catch by Foster Moreau to put Vegas up 16-9.


The Steelers responded with a 5-play, 80-yard drive that was highlighted by a 52 yard deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Chase Claypool. Three plays later, Najee Harris scored on his first NFL touchdown when he showed speed and power in the open field on a 25-yard catch and run. After the play, Trai Turner got ejected for spitting on Raiders defensive end Solomon Thomas, who had two sacks on Sunday.


On the Raiders' next drive, the play of the game happened when Derrick Carr evaded the blitz got Minkah Fitzpatrick to bite on a double move to connect with Ruggs on a 61-yard touchdown pass.


The two teams traded field goals and that's how we ended up with the final score.