If you’re wondering why there are question marks in the title of this article, it’s because I’m still not certain whether the Steelers won or lost Sunday’s game.
The Steelers dominated the time of possession, just like they’ve done in the first two games of the season. Once again, the Steelers held the ball for over 36 minutes, while the Raiders had it for less than 24 minutes. That’s a twelve minute advantage. That’s pretty impressive.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 384 yards, 4 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 123.2 passer rating. He completed passes to 10 different receivers. Heath Miller caught 2 touchdown passes. Mike Wallace had 123 receiving yards, and a touchdown. Antonio Brown also scored a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer only passed for 209 yards, while being sacked once and throwing an interception.
Surely that type of statistical disparity resulted in a Steelers win, right? But that’s where the confusion begins. You see, according to the final scoreboard, the Raiders won the game 34-31. Obviously that had to be an equipment malfunction.
The Steelers couldn’t possibly have allowed Darren McFadden to take a hand-off from Carson Palmer and run it 64 yards for a touchdown. And Jonathan Dwyer couldn’t possibly have lost a fumble deep in Steelers’ territory that allowed the Raiders to score a short touchdown. Nor could Antonio Brown have possibly fumbled a reception that then led to another Raiders score. And there’s no way that the Steelers could have been penalized 10 times for 81 yards, while the Raiders only had 3 penalties for 25 yards.
Nope, I’m 100% certain that the Steelers wouldn’t allow that many terrible things to happen in one game. So I’m just going to go to sleep for a bit, and when I wake up I’m sure that I’ll find that it was all just a terrible dream. Frankly, that’s the only possible answer. After all, the Steelers couldn’t possibly have lost to the Raiders, could they?