Raiders Rock'Em, Sock'Em Defense
Here is the anatomy and breakdown of the Raiders Rock'Em, Sock'Em defense:
The Steelers offense had 13 possessions. On 12 of the 13 possessions, the Raiders defense made at least 1 big play each series that altered and impacted the final result.
Series 1: Punt/3 and out. On 3-9, LB Howard makes a solid, open field tackle on RB Hayes well short of the 1st down marker.
Series 2: Interception by Fabian Washington. On 3-7, Washington picked off Roethlisberger on a deep pass intended for WR Washington.
Series 3: Interception by Nnamdi Asomugha ran back for 24 yard TD. Oakland 7 - Steelers 0.
Series 4: Punt. On 3-12, Roethlisberger is sacked for a 6 yard loss by DE Burgess.
Series 5: Held to a FG. On 3-7 from the Oakland 16 yard line, the D holds Pittsburgh to 5 yard gain. Oakland 7 - Steelers 3
Series 6: Held to a FG. On 3-1 from the Oakland 19 yard line, LB Morrison tackles RB Davenport behind the line of scrimmage for a 2 yard loss. Oakland 7 - Steelers 6.
(1st series of 2nd half; Raiders 10 - Steelers 6)
Series 7: Punt/3 and out. On 3-4, Roethlisberger is sacked for a 9 yard loss by DT Kelly
Series 8: Punt/3 and out. On 3-12, Roethlisberger is sacked for a 3 yard loss by Kelly and Burgess.
Series 9: Interception by LB Morrison. On 4-1, Morrison picks off a short pass intended for Hines Ward.
Series 10: Interception by DB Carr. On 3-7 from the Oakland 7 yard line, Chris Carr made the play of the game intercepting Roethlisberger at the goal line and taking it 100 yards for a TD. Oakland 20 - Steelers 6
Series 11: Steelers TD Drive. 25 yard TD pass to RB W.Parker.
Series 12: Goal line stand/Take over on downs. One of the unsung heroes of this game was situational LB Robert Thomas. The Steelers had the ball on the Oakland 1 yard line, 1st down. 1st play was a run by RB Parker for no gain (tackle Thomas). On 2-1, RB Davenport ran off of right guard. Thomas shot through the backfield and tackled Davenport for a 4 yard loss. On 3rd down, the Steelers were called for a false start backing them out to the 10 yard line. On 3-10, Roethlisberger completed a short pass to WR Ward for 7 yards. On 4-3 from the goal line, Morrison breaks up a pass intended for WR Holmes.
Series 13: Pittsburgh's last gasp. On 2-10 from the Oakland 44 yard line with 20 seconds remaining in the game, DT Sapp sacks Roethlisberger for a 9 yard loss.
Summary: The Raiders defense accounted for 5 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 2 successful goal line stands. A fierce pass rush, sticky pass coverage, and rock solid tackling were the recipe for a dominating, lights out defensive performance. Take a bow Caveman. Your young and hungry troops are on the cusp of greatness.
"We're in the making of something great," Raiders linebacker Robert Thomas said. "The dangerous thing is, we can get better. I've played on some great defenses. This one, talent-wise, it's all there."
S&B Forever Readers: If you have any suggestions for a nickname for the Raiders defensive unit or any particular defensive player, please send your ideas via the comment box or to firstname.lastname@example.org Some possible nicknames to consider: "Ryan's Renegades",
Nickname Update: Here is a list of some of the nicknames submitted for our defensive unit: "Nation of Doom", "Jail Break Defense", "Black Death Defense", "Skull Patrol", "Darkside's Finest", "Nation of Domination", "Deadly Squadron", "Silver Hammer", "Blackstop", "Black Reign", "Show Stoppers", "11 Angry Men", "Sack Pack", "Pilfer & Sack", and "The Cavemen". Keep the nickmanes coming Raider Nation! Calico Jack