Raiders vs. Steelers: 4 things we learned in 2021 Week 2
This run game is in major trouble
The Raiders offensive line struggled mightily in 2020 with generating a consistent rushing attack and that trend has continued into 2021. A patchwork offensive line could be the cause yet again as the Raiders were down two starters coming into the game and finished the game with three backups in front of Derek Carr.
Against Baltimore, the Raiders rushed for 82 yards on 21 carries but did manage to punch in two rushing touchdowns thanks to Josh Jacobs. Against Pittsburgh, they managed only 52 yards on 25 carries and much of that came in the final two drives when the Raiders were trying to ice the game.
The lack of a rushing attack has not kept the Raiders from winning the last two games but it is a major concern moving forward.
Next up the Raiders get a slightly more forgiving defense in Miami that has given up 125 and 143 yards respectively. It is obvious that letting Derek Carr sling it around the field is when the Raiders are at their best but not having any run game to lean on is not a recipe for success.