Steelers halftime notes: Seymour ejected

PITTSBURGH--The Steelers lead the Oakland Raiders, 21-3, at halftime.

Here are some notes at intermission:

  • The game got off to a sloppy start with a lot of penalties and both sides trying to establish their physicality. There was a lot of jawing early and two brawls between Pittsburgh's offense and Oakland's defense in the second quarter. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was hit in the face by Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour after Pittbsurgh's third touchdown. Seymour was ejected and could be facing a heavy fine and/or suspension. The teams have been penalized a combined 11 times in the first half.

  • Roethlisberger showed some niftiness with a second-quarter touchdown run. Pittsburgh spread out Oakland's defense with an empty backfield, and Roethlisberger saw an opening and ran up the left sideline for a 16-yard score to put Pittsburgh up 11 points.

  • The lead has helped Pittsburgh's defense, particularly the pass rush. The Steelers' front seven looks energized Sunday and has three sacks in the first half. Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell doesn't look comfortable throwing from the pocket. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady carved up the Steelers last week.

  • New Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham received a loud ovation in Heinz Field after making three extra points in the second quarter. It was the first kicks by someone other than Jeff Reed since the 2002 season. Reed was released this week after missing seven field goals in nine games.