Halftime report: Steelers 17, Raiders 14


Halftime report: Steelers 17, Raiders 14

OAKLAND -- The Raiders played penalty-free football for a half and traded turnovers with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.The result at halftime, a 17-14 lead for the Steelers after a 33-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham at the gun.Pittsburgh had the first takeaway of the game when safety Ryan Clark picked off Carson Palmer on the Raiders' first offensive play of the game. Palmer was targeting Denarius Moore, but Moore slipped and fell on the infield dirt and the ball sailed into Clark's chest for the pick.Darren McFadden, who entered the day averaging 2.1 yards per carry, finally broke out a long run with a 64-yard dash for a touchdown with 10:33 to play in the first quarter. On five other carries, though, he has just four yards.The Raiders' first takeaway of the season came in the second quarter when Desmond Bryant's hit of Jonathan Dwyer was recovered by Joselio Hanson at the Pittsburgh 30-yard line.Six plays later, Palmer found Darrius Heyward-Bey in the right corner of the end zone on a fade from three yards out to tie the game at 14-14 with 1:54 left in the half.Pittsburgh, though, drove downfield for the field goal at the half.Tight end Heath Miller had a pair of four-yard TD catches for the Steelers, who had 235 yards of total offense, compared to the Raiders' 105 yards. Plus, Pittsburgh was five of nine on third-down conversions while the Raiders were 0-4. The Steelers also had six penalties for 40 yards.

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”