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Key Coaching Decision #1: OAK ball, trailing 21-17 / first-and-10, OAK 25 / 2:55 Q4)
• In our view, this was the Raiders’ best executed and managed drive all season, particularly when they had first-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 7 with 1:16 left to go in the game and only one remaining timeout. The Raiders scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play from the Pittsburgh 6. What we noticed on this drive is that the Raiders finally showed poise and patience while calmly executing their plays. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is playing a lot of young players at the moment, but this drive certainly will give them much confidence going into the 2019 season.
• Gruden had an excellent game plan on offense. It seemed as if he was making a concerted effort to have Raiders quarterback Derek Carr get the ball out of his hand quickly. This tactic helped the Raiders’ outmanned offensive line to protect Carr.
• The Steelers clearly have the Personnel to run the ball more consistently than they do, but they always appear not to prefer doing that. In this game, they were missing starting running back James Conner, so it is understandable if they chose not to run the ball as much. However, they were quick to dismiss the running game almost entirely.
• Ever since the Steelers organization made kicker Chris Boswell the highest-paid kicker in the league, his performance has declined. He has not been reliable all season.