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Sunday column: Get to Terrelle? Not these Steelers

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

OAKLAND, Calif. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Sunday column counts up all the damage the Steelers’ defense does by getting to the opponents’ quarterback … and doesn’t take long at all to do so.

The local team is but a part of a league-wide major injury bug. Ralph Paulk investigates.

Flavor of the month? Maybe, but Mark Kaboly writes to watch for the read option today.

The offense looks to keep rolling. Alan Robinson reports.

The genealogy between tight ends and safeties is Robinson’s Sunday insider feature.

More from Robinson and Kaboly on today’s matchup …

And a bit from our TribLIVE Radio morning team of Ken Laird and Guy Junker

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Raiders news from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here are official game highlights from

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Good column.

    DK predicted the Steelers probably won’t get any sacks and used data to justify it.

    Now, they’ll double their total.

    Good job.


  2. cherokee23 says:

    From a Penn State guy, that was pretty impressive display by OSU last night…..Wish I could argue with DK, but unfortunately, he writes the truth. I do expect Steelers to win today, in some all too common ugly fashion!…..ya know, just to keep us thinking there’s a chance……..Was thinking about Velasco, should he be kept for next year, the guy’s been solid

  3. Jim S. says:

    The Buckeyes are very good, Lucky. But, we’ll see if Urban Meyers’ strategy of not stepping it up in the non-conference schedule hurts him. There is a chance he’ll be 12-0 and on the outside looking in for the BCS championship. I don’t understand why he doesn’t try to play tougher teams early in the season? Before he got there, they were playing teams like USC (when they were a power) and Texas (when they were a power. The B1G is not quite strong enough these days to rely on only those teams.

  4. Jim S. says:

    I know it is Sunday, but what a World Series game 3 finish last night. Some really odd things happened on that last play:

    * The Boston catcher needs to eat that throw. He had no play at 3b. For the 2nd game in a row, Boston lost because they made an ill-advised and errant throw to 3b.

    * After watching and re-watching that play a dozen or so times, I thought Middlebrooks definitely intentionally kicked his legs up to impede Craig. It was very subtle, but he did it twice. No one gets up from a flat on the ground position by first kicking their back legs up, as he did.

    * Craig also ran inside the baseline by about 2-3 feet as he started toward home. Why did he not simply go right of Middlebrooks along the baseline? He may have easily avoided Middlebrooks if he had done that. At least, that is how I saw it. Did Craig intentionally make contact with Middlebrooks because he has the bad ankle and knew he might not be able to beat the throw home? I don’t know, but it is something to consider.

    It may be that neither of those things matter because the rule apparently says it doesn’t matter if obstruction is intentional. The fielder cannot impede the runner’s progress there. I still have to wonder, though, if that is still the case if the fielder is not in the baseline and neither is the runner when the collision occurs.

    Anyway, wild finish.

  5. macchamp74 says:

    I agree…no matter what Middlebrooks said, I think he deliberately brought his feet up.

  6. Arriba Wilver says:

    I hope the Steelers beat the Raiders, but I’m also rooting for Terrelle Pryor as a local guy to do good against everyone else.

  7. Lad 9 says:

    Got a bad feeling today. Steelers 0-7 in last 7 games involving a time zone change and I am rapidly losing confidence in Tomlin in spite of the recent uptick. Hope I am wrong.

  8. Arriba Wilver says:

    Jerry Crasnick—“Carlos Beltran was very emotional after winning Clemente Award & a WS game on the same day. ‘It’s the best day of my life.'”

  9. theplanisworking says:

    I am with you, Lad.
    Coach cliche is o-fer on the west coast.
    KC got 10 sacks on Pryor. Lets see what this group can do. If they dont get sacks, forgetabouit.

    Oh, and the team cant continue to be a turnover machine out there, like the last 2 times they have played.

  10. Couldn’t agree with you more, Jim. Loved those Texas games. They lost the home and home to USC, but still no comparison to some of the early stuff now.

  11. Velasco has been solid. Good pickup and fortunate in the situation we were in.

  12. Arriba Wilver says:

    Junker pointed out the Raiders were 0-10 coming off a bye week. So there’s hope. ;-)

  13. 21sthebest says:

    It’s still interference even if he doesn’t kick his legs up.

  14. theplanisworking says:

    Awesome defense on that opening play!

  15. Jim S. says:

    Which is what I said. But, they need to clean that rule up. You can’t be allowed to make a defensive play and simultaneously get out of the way.

  16. Drew71 says:

    Is it too late for me to post Trap Game?


  17. theplanisworking says:

    If the Steelers dont come back, and I desperately want them to come back………. haeads should roll. This team was not prepared to play today, that first play was a joke, no one shadowing Pryor to stop such a run. If Oakland wouldnt have committed 2 or 3 turnovers, this game could be 28-0.

    D not able to stop the Raiders, O putrid again, special teams horrible, coaching bad yet again. I had a discussion with a friend, who said Art has meddled too much the previous 2 offseasons, Colbert has lost his talent evaluation touch, and Tomlin is lost. Great points all.

    I hope they can come back, but if not, changes need made.

  18. Drew71 says:

    So much for that Sushi MVP thingee, huh?

    How bout the punter? He’s really good, isn’t he?

    Gets lots of practice, doesn’t he?

    Who is he, anyway?

  19. Drew71 says:

    Denver losing 21-7. Peyton just threw another floater for a pick six.

    Ankles should roll.

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