Raiders vs. Steelers Game Report

CB-PR PHILLIP BUCHANON is 5th in AFC w/5 INTs & has 3 INT-TDs in 18 career games. <BR><BR>

GAME MARKS only 3rd time since 1981 that Oakland has played in Pittsburgh – however, teams did meet last year at Heinz Field…...RAIDERS: Head coach BILL CALLAHAN is 1-0 vs. Steelers & got 1st-ever road victory at Pitt. Raiders are 6-2 (.750) after Dec. 1 (including playoffs) under Callahan. In past 4 games, QB RICK MIRER has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & posted passer ratings of 90.0+ in 3 of past 4.......RB TYRONE WHEATLEY has 346 rush yards in past 4 games (86.5/gm) & averaging 4.2 yds/carry in those 4......WR JERRY RICE has catch in NFL-record 268 consecutive games. Posted 11 catches for 94 yards in last meeting......WR TIM BROWN needs 1 TD catch to be 4th player in history with 100 TD catches. WR JERRY PORTER scored 1st career TD last season at Pitt......CB-PR PHILLIP BUCHANON is 5th in AFC w/5 INTs & has 3 INT-TDs in 18 career games. Has 5 career return TDs (3 INT, 2 PR) & stands 2nd in AFC in PR avg. (14.6). TE O.J. SANTIAGO has 2 blocked punts in '03 ......STEELERS: Head coach BILL COWHER has 3-1 (.750) career record vs. Raiders. Club is 12-3 (.800) in past 15 after Dec. 1. In past 10 years, Steelers are 25-19 (.568) in Dec./Jan......QB TOMMY MADDOX has won past 3 December starts. Has 6 TDs in past 3 at home……RB JEROME BETTIS (12,010) needs 65 rush yds to surpass THURMAN THOMAS (12,074) & become NFL's 9th all-time leading rusher......WR HINES WARD leads AFC with 78 receptions & ties for 2nd among AFC WRs in TDs (9). Needs 189 rec. yds to be 5th Steeler w/5,000 in career. Ward has 4+ catches in 10 of 12 games. In last meeting, had 7 receptions for 92 yards & 2 TDs. Among AFC players with 50+ catches, WR PLAXICO BURRESS stands 3rd with 14.5 avg. (51 for 737) & recorded season-high 8 catches last wk for 112 yds......In last meeting, LB JOEY PORTER had 12 tackles, 3.0 sacks & 2 INTs for 114 return yds. LB JASON GILDON has 5.0 sacks in past 5. DE KIMO VON OELHOFFEN has career-best 5.0 sacks. Defense has not allowed TD reception to Raiders WR Brown – only team w/min. 5 gms played not to allow Brown TD. Steelers have held Oakland WR Rice to 62.3 yds/gm avg. in 6 mtgs……Club 5th in NFL in opponents' PR avg. (7.0).


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