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Steelers Daily Links: Raiders’ McDaniels Under Fire, Jaylen Warren YAC Leader



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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren against the Cleveland Browns, Sept. 18, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Pittsburgh Steelers fans accounted for about 60 percent of the crowd on Sunday night.

Steelers Nation has taken over other stadiums in the past, but the fact that they did it against a team like the Las Vegas Raiders with a strong fanbase of their own speaks volumes.

“Twice, the visiting Steelers fans were so loud that the offense was called for pre-snap penalties,” The Athletic’s Vic Tafur wrote on Sunday night. “It was so bad that when Garoppolo took a helmet-to-helmet shot on a blitz and the Steelers were called for a penalty, the boos were among the loudest of the night at Mark Davis’ $2 billion Allegiant Stadium.”

🏈 Since the 2-point conversion was adopted in 1994, the Raiders are the only NFL team to attempt a field goal in the last 3:00 of the fourth quarter when down by exactly 8 points with less than 5 yards to go for a first down (or TD).

“You have two choices there,” Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels explained after the loss to Pittsburgh. “You try to make it a five-point game where you have an opportunity to win it with a touchdown if you get the ball back. Or you try to go for it there and then if you happen to convert, you have to make a two-point conversion … those are the decisions you got to make.”

McDaniels was asked about if the decision was due to a lack of confidence in the offense, who struggled against the Steelers defense throughout the night. However, he said that wasn’t the case.

“No, you’re gonna need another possession anyway,” McDaniels said. “It’s not a lack of confidence, we went for it multiple times.”

🏈 Steelers running back Jaylen Warren’s 125 yards after the catch this season leads all running backs and ranks fifth-most in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

🏈 Steelers All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt is the first player to record six sacks and have a defensive touchdown in a team’s first three games of a season since individual sacks were first tracked in 1982, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Watt is on pace to record 34 sacks this season, which would shatter the single-season NFL record that he tied in 2021 (22.5).

🏈 Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky thought the Steelers’ offense had way more creativity on Sunday night and Kenny Pickett was significantly better.

“Way more creativity with the formations. Way more creativity with how they use pass concepts. There wasn’t as many repeat pass concepts. No. 2, Kenny was significantly better with his eye discipline.”

Orlovsky thinks Pickett’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Austin III was possibly his best play as a pro.

Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (color commentator) and Amanda Renner (sideline reporter) will call the Steelers-Texans game on Sunday for CBS. It will be the first time this year that the Steelers play on CBS.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers offensive lineman Randy Rasmussen, born on September 26, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Also, Happy Birthday to former Steelers safety and special teams player Ross Ventrone, born on September 26, 1986 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

🎥 Craig Melvin of the Today Show took an in-depth look on how the Terrible Towel became a part of Pittsburgh’s identity.


Pittsburgh Hockey Now: How the Penguins will line up against the Red Wings.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Pirates prospect Nick Gonzales is back from Triple-A.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pitt OL Matt Goncalves is out for the season.

West Virginia Sports Now: WVU safety Keyshawn Cobb is also done for the year,

Nittany Sports Now: Aliquippa star Tikey Hayes has committed to Penn State.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Kennardo Forbes powers Hounds to another victory.