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Steelers Vs. Raiders: Pittsburgh Can't Overlook Oakland

The Oakland Raiders come into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 0-2, but the Raiders will look to play the role of bad hosts at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as they try and steal a victory from the Steelers. The most dangerous team in sports is one with nothing to lose and the Steelers would be wise in avoiding looking past the lowly Raiders, the Trib writes:

Twice in the past six years, Steelers teams coming off Super Bowl victories were tripped up by terrible Raiders teams, perhaps a forewarning as the Steelers (1-1) prepare for the only game in the first half of the season in which they will be heavily favored to win.

During their last visit to the so-called Black Hole in 2006, Ben Roethlisberger threw four interceptions only a week after receiving a concussion in Atlanta. The Raiders returned two for touchdowns, including a 100-yarder by Chris Carr, and upset the Steelers 20-13 - the last time that 2-14 team won all season.

Despite having a new head coach in Dennis Allen, another poor start to their season and not finishing with a record above .500 in a decade, the Raiders still pose a credible threat to the Steelers, especially on the road.

It also looks like the Steelers will be without two of their major defensive cogs in safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker, James Harrison. Neither player was able to practice on Tuesday and Tomlin doesn't feel very optimistic that the two will be able to go on Sunday.

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