OAKLAND -- Rashad Jennings had just two carries for 8 yards but turned in two of the biggest plays in the Raiders' 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

Jennings partially blocked a Zoltan Mesko punt -- it traveled just 3 yards -- setting up the Raiders at the 26-yard line and ultimately setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by Darren McFadden for a 14-0 lead.

Much later, after the Steelers had closed within three points with 1:24 to play, it was Jennings who secured Shaun Suisham's onside kick attempt at the Pittsburgh 46-yard line, ultimately securing the victory.

"That's what you expect out of a guy that's been around, been a pro," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "He's obviously been a valued asset to our football team."

Jennings, who had a blocked punt against Washington recovered by Jeremy Stewart for a touchdown, said he had studied Mesko closely during the week. He watched the amount of steps he took and visualized where the ball would come off his foot.

"I measured his block point all week, watched him get off all week," Jennings said. "I watched to see who I was going to be up against for one-on-one matchups.

"We watch a lot of tape, and it's not just myself. It's other guys getting pressures and being able to hold their man to make sure we're one-on-one and not getting double-teamed across the board."

As the "rover" on the "hands team" which is on the field for recovering onside kicks, Jennings said his job is to make sure everyone is properly aligned.

"You want to make a play, You're saying, 'Please, kick it to me,' " Jennings said.

  • Jacoby Ford misjudged two punts, one of which appeared to strike him in the leg only to have replay show that Pittsburgh's Antwon Blake got a finger on it first. The Raiders then went on a 72-yard touchdown drive.

    Another one rolled to the 1-yard line, with Ford getting dangerously close to a ball he should not have been anywhere near.

    Ford's biggest mistake came when he fumbled a quick pass from Pryor in the fourth quarter, setting up Pittsburgh's first touchdown.

    "We have to understand you don't put the ball on the ground in a game like that," Allen said. "Jacoby's play on the punt return could have been a huge play in the game; luckily we got the call in our favor."

  • Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver can expect possible discipline from the league office after television cameras caught him giving an obscene gesture to officials for a flag thrown on cornerback Mike Jenkins that was ultimately picked up with no penalty called.

  • Pittsburgh had 35 yards rushing, the third time this season the Raiders have allowed less than 40 yards on the ground (all at home).

  • The Raiders' three rushing touchdowns in the first half by Pryor (93 yards) and Darren McFadden (7 yards and 4 yards) were the most in a game since they got four on Sept. 25, 2011, against the New York Jets.

  • The Raiders have jumped to big leads in their last three home games, going up 14-0 against Washington (but losing), leading 17-0 against San Diego and 14-0 in the first quarter against Pittsburgh.

  • Art Shell, a Hall of Fame tackle with the Raiders who was 56-52 as head coach from 1989-94 and again in 2006, lit the pregame torch in honor of late owner Al Davis.

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