NFL preview capsule: Raiders at Steelers

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OAKLAND (5-4) At PITTSBURGH (6-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 8 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 5-4; Pittsburgh 4-4-1
SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 13-11
LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Steelers 27-24, Dec. 6, 2009

LAST WEEK - Raiders had bye (beat Chiefs 23-20 OT in Week 9), Steelers lost to Patriots 39-26

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (2), PASS (25)
RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (13), PASS (22)
STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (1), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Oakland upset Pittsburgh in each of last two seasons after Steelers won Super Bowl, 20-13 at Oakland in 2006 and 27-24 in Pittsburgh last season. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden leads NFL with 108.1 yards per game average; has four 100-yard games. ... Steelers lead in rushing defense (63.2 yards per game). ...

Raiders rookie WR Jacoby Ford had 148 yards receiving and 158 yards in kick returns against Chiefs on Nov. 7, making him first player since Pittsburgh's Gary Ballman in 1963 to have at least 140 yards receiving and 150 yards in kick returns in same game. Ballman had 161 yards receiving and 159 yards on kick returns Nov. 17, 1963 vs. Washington. ... Steelers CB Bryant McFadden and Raiders CB Walter McFadden are brothers. ...

Oakland 1-3 on road, winning at Denver 59-14 on Oct. 24. Pittsburgh 2-2 at home, losing to Baltimore (17-14) and New England (39-26). Steelers haven't lost three home games in season since going 5-3 at Heinz Field in 2006. ... Raiders averaging 458 yards in last three games (vs. Broncos, Seahawks, Chiefs). ... Raiders trying to win four consecutive games for first time since Nov. 11, 2002-Dec. 8, 2002, when they won five in row. ...

Raiders have 13 former first-round picks on roster. ... Raiders P Shane Lechler's 47.4 yards per punt average is highest in NFL history for punter with at least 250 punts. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has league-high 1,304 yards passing since returning from four-game suspension Oct. 17. ... Steelers WR Mike Wallace trying for third consecutive 100-yard game (136 yards vs. Patriots, 110 yards vs. Bengals). ...

This will be Steelers' first game without Jeff Reed as kicker since a 31-23 loss at Tennessee on Nov. 17, 2002, when Todd Peterson missed his only two FG attempts. Reed was released and replaced by Shaun Suisham