ALAMEDA -- Greg Olson has thought about the second half of the Raiders' 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Oakland offensive coordinator might do things differently in the future if faced with similar circumstances.

Did Olson call too many running plays after gaining 15 yards on 13 carries as the Steelers rebounded from a 21-3 deficit to make a game of it?

Actually, he thinks he didn't call enough of them Sunday.

During one sequence, the Raiders passed the ball on first down twice -- neither was completed. They had four passes called in a span of six plays and nothing came of it.

"If anything, when I look back on it, I felt maybe we should have opened with the run as opposed to the pass because we had Darren McFadden and Terrelle (Pryor) going early on," Olson said.

After the Raiders piled up 182 rushing yards in the first half en route to a 21-3 lead, Olson was looking to run the Steelers right out of O.co Coliseum. The Raiders finished with 197 yards, their second-highest total of the season aside from a 226-yard game against Jacksonville.

"We were thinking of trying to get to a 300-yard rushing day, and we felt like we'd be able to accomplish that, so it was disappointing to come out the way we did," Olson said.

  • The Raiders announced Sunday's game against Philadelphia is a sellout and will be televised locally.

  • Tackle Tony Pashos (hip) guard-center Andre Gurode (knee) and safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) did not practice Thursday. Tackle Menelik Watson (calf) and wide receiver Andre Holmes (hamstring) were limited.


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  • Left tackle Jared Veldheer (left triceps surgery) was working on the side with the training staff, the first time he's been spotted working out on the field during the media access period.

  • Olson said wide receiver Juron Criner, inactive for all seven games this season, could be active against the Eagles.

  • Allen said Taiwan Jones will return kickoffs and Jacoby Ford will return punts against the Eagles. Jones had a solid opening return against the Steelers nullified by a holding penalty preceding Pryor's 93-yard touchdown run. Ford struggled to field punts and lost one return out of bounds, but Allen said he saw "some explosiveness in our return game."

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