The Steelers defense came up the big plays once again to secure victory
The game looked like it was going to unfold exactly how the Steelers did not want it to unfold after the Raiders scored at TD on fourth and one play that looked like something you would see from a Pop Warner game. Whether it was a miscommunication or a blown assignment, after that TD I thought it was going to be a long night.
We shut down the Raiders the rest of the way until our nemesis, the fourth quarter, arrived and the wheels almost fell off the wagon, for lack of a better term. We surrendered eleven points in the fourth quarter, allowing the Raiders to pull within five points. The game was not over yet.
On the Raiders final possession with twelve seconds left in the game, Levi Wallace grabbed his second INT of the game to put the game away. I dare say that had there been more time on the clock, the game may have turned out differently for us, but, fortunately, it did not.
T.J. Watt had another multi-sack game, but that's nothing new. The defense gave up some yards and some points, but, in the end, we generated four sacks and three INTs. That seems to be the recipe for success thus far in the 2023 campaign, bringing pressure, taking the ball away, and getting some younger players involved in the defense.
Let's see what else we learned.