PITTSBURGH — The Oakland Raiders looked like they could beat anybody the past two weeks. On Sunday, they showed they are beatable.
Oakland, so dominant at San Diego and at home against the Jets, had their trouble Sunday in a 38-35 loss at Pittsburgh, which the Steelers sealed with a last-second field goal after the Raiders came roaring back to tie the game with just over a minute to go.
The Raiders’ defense, so solid the past three games, took a step back and was beaten soundly. Offensively, the Raiders committed four turnovers in a single game for the first time in three weeks, and the Steelers were the more physical team.
Oakland dropped to 4-4. The Steelers improved to 5-4. While the loss hurts the Raiders in the current wild-card jockeying, their season is far from being derailed.
The Raiders, who competed throughout the game Sunday, are in good shape schedule-wise. They host the Vikings on Sunday and then play at Detroit and Tennessee — two winnable games — to finish November.
This game shows the Raiders they haven’t completely arrived and have some things to clean up as they prepare for what should be an intriguing second half of the season.
One reason to get excited: The Raiders played a pretty clean game. They were penalized just three times for 21 yards. They are getting cleaner.
One reason to panic: The Oakland defense sagged. The Oakland run defense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL going into the game, had a bad day as Pittsburgh ran for 195 yards. The Steelers also smoked Oakland in the passing game. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 334 yards before being hurt in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown had 17 catches for 284 yards. He had 180 yards receiving in the first half. After three straight solid games, the Oakland defense took a step back Sunday.
Fantasy watch: Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw four more touchdown passes. He is the first Oakland quarterback to have three straight three-plus-touchdown games since Rich Gannon in 2001. Carr has thrown 11 touchdown passes in that period. He did, however, throw an interception in the end zone with Oakland trailing by a touchdown with four minutes to go. It was his first interception in three games.
Ouch: Running back Latavius Murray left with a possible concussion late in the third quarter after being hammered by former Oakland safety Mike Mitchell. Oakland standout center Rodney Hudson left the game in the fourth quarter. Safety Charles Woodson, bothered by a shoulder injury since Week 1, looked uncomfortable all game.