Steelers wideout Mike Wallace hauled in a standard drag route on the fourth quarter's first play, then promptly outran the entire Raiders defense 52 yards for a touchdown, his eighth of the season. He's really becoming a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses; every time he touches the ball, he could be gone. After the score, Pittsburgh's lead grew to 28-3.
Oakland couldn't do anything on their following drive and elected to punt, trailing by four scores, effectively waving the white flag and commencing the start of "garbage time." Despite their enormous lead, the Steelers were still putting the ball in the hands of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger early in the fourth quarter. He took off and ran for 27 yards as one pass play broke down, but the drive ultimately ended in a punt.
Just for fun, cornerback Bryant McFadden sacked Bruce Gradkowski. He saw linebackers James Harrison, James Farrior, and LaMarr Woodley record quarterback sacks earlier and thought it looked like a good time. Pittsburgh has six sacks on the afternoon.
I'm surprised head coach Mike Tomlin kept Roetlhisberger in the game as long as he did. The decision became even more perplexing when he threw a 37-yard bomb to Wallace with less than five minutes remaining. Surely you don't appreciate that if you're Oakland, but whatever. Later still, Roethlisberger threw a screen pass to backup rusher Issac Redman, who ran it 16 yards for his first career touchdown. Some might say that the Steelers seemed to be running up the score against the Raiders, but I don't think there's a chance they do this if not for Richard Seymour's classless misbehavior early this afternoon. In case you missed it, the Raiders defensive end struck Roethlisberger in the head after the play and was ejected from the contest. Whatever the reason, this week's press conferences are sure going to be fun to watch.
The Steelers move to 7-3 after handily beating the Raiders, 35-3.