Kansas City sacked QB Terrelle Pryor nine times on Oct. 13 in a 24-7 win, and the Raiders have allowed 27 sacks in six games. Wisniewski, Pashos and Gurode are each questionable this week.
"There's no replacement for experience," Allen said. "At times guys have to get their experience in a tough situation in a game environment. That's the way you get better as a football team."
Pryor had gone three games without an interception before he was picked off three times by the Chiefs. A plus toward lowering that number could be the healthy return of running back Darren McFadden, who gained 129 yards in a Week 2 defeat of Jacksonville but has just 90 yards on 33 attempts since as he's dealt with a hamstring problem.
McFadden galloped for 113 yards against the Steelers last season.
Pryor's most prolific recent aerial target, Denarius Moore, has 20 catches and three touchdowns in his last four games and will be matched likely be paired off with Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor, who's held three premier receivers - Cincinnati's A.J. Green, Chicago's Brandon Marshall and Baltimore's Torrey Smith - to 14 catches and no TDs this season.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Ringing the bell.
After Pittsburgh slogged through five weeks of subpar ground production, it broke through the 100-yard barrier against the defending champion Ravens, thanks largely to the work of rookie Bell, who was particularly adept at being patient enough to exploit late-developing holes for big yards. He could continue the success against Oakland, which has allowed four of six foes to exceed 100 ground yards - all losses.
Run to set up the run.
Though the Steelers have traditionally been a run-stopping machine, four of its six opponents this year have eclipsed 100 yards.
The Raiders could exploit that apparent weakness with Pryor's legs, which could temper the Steelers' aggressiveness enough to then create room for the returning McFadden - who had 100-plus yards in last year's game with Pittsburgh - and Rashad Jennings.
Two weeks ago, any suggestion that the 0-4 Steelers would quickly reverse course seemed implausible at best.
But, with consecutive defeats of the Jets and Ravens they've looked a lot more like what they were billed to be, a stingy defense with just enough offense to produce late victories.
They may need a touch more scoring to keep a talented Oakland offense on the bottom side of the final score, but indications are that the recent momentum is legitimate.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Steelers 22, Raiders 17