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Week 11: Raiders Vs. Steelers Preview

By: Casey Shea
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to get back on track when they host the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

Pittsburgh (6-3) is coming off a 39-26 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 10. The Steelers are still tied with the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North.

The past few seasons have been rough for the Oakland Raiders and their fans, but at 5-4, they are tied for the AFC West lead with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Both the Raiders and Ravens hold the tiebreaker over the Steelers and Chiefs, due to winning the head-to-head matchups earlier this season.

Last season, the Raiders came to Heinz Field to face a Pittsburgh team that was mired in a three-game losing streak.

The Steelers were clinging to a 24-20 lead late in the fourth quarter. Oakland quarterback Bruce Gradkowski found Louis Murphy for an 11-yard touchdown with nine seconds to play to hand Pittsburgh its fourth-straight loss.

Pittsburgh would see its losing streak swell to five games, which was a major reason for missing out on the playoffs.

In the all-time series between the Raiders and Steelers, Oakland holds a slim 10-8 lead. The Raiders also hold a 5-4 advantage in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak to the Raiders after losing 20-13 in 2006.

Rashard Mendenhall continues to lead the Steelers’ ground attack with 752 yards and seven touchdowns.

Mike Wallace leads the team with 643 receiving yards and is averaging 21.4 yards per catch. He is also tied with Hines Ward for the team lead in receptions with 30.

The Raiders are riding a three-game winning streak and Jason Campbell will be the starting quarterback again this week.

Campbell has thrown for 1,252 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games this season.

Darren McFadden is proving to be a dual-threat with 757 rushing yards and 242 receiving yards. He’s also found the endzone six times (four rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns) in seven games.

Tight end Zach Miller is the leading receiver for the Raiders, but has been limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable.

Get your first look at the Steelers new kicker, Shaun Suisham, as Bob Pompeani and Edmund Nelson bring you the McDonald’s Steelers Kickoff live from Heinz Field at 11:30 a.m.

Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. and you can watch the game on KDKA-TV.