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Ravens/Steelers Post Game Recap

If you are an NFL sports fan who loves good match ups you were treated to a spectacular game last night, but if you are a Ravens fan you are thinking that when you have an 11 point lead going into the 4th quarter and when you score 38 points you are supposed to win. That was not the case however as the Ravens lose a gut wrenching game to their archrivals and proved to the fans once again just how valuable Jimmy Smith is to this team. Without Smith the Ravens surrendered a season high 506 passing yards. And to make matters worse Big Ben threw the ball a whopping 66 times without giving up an interception. If that is not an NFL record if has to be close to one. I might also add that the Steelers really missed Shazier as the Ravens were able to run the ball effectively against a team that is typically stingy. This game also showed you that if you want to compete in the NFL you need elite players on the offensive side of the ball to get things done. The Ravens defense simply had no answer to Ben, Bell, Brown, and Bryant. Additional thoughts on the game are below:

  • Ravens defense got shredded in the passing game giving up 209 passing yards in the first half and about another 300 in the second half which tells you they were unable to make the right adjustments in game
  • Even though the Steelers jumped out to a quick 14 to 0 lead and appeared to be on their way to a rout – the Ravens never panicked and stayed the course and got back into the game
  • Ravens offense did a good job moving the ball in the game and except for Flacco’s ill-timed interception in the first quarter they played pretty well
  • Time outs due to poor clock management has to improve for the Ravens
  • Steelers on the first possession cut through the Ravens defense like a hot knife through butter capitalizing on the Flacco interception for 7 points
  • Hats off to the Steelers O line who did a very good job with protection often giving Big Ben 4 to 5 seconds to find the open receiver
  • Not sure what is wrong with the Maclin and Flacco chemistry but they often are not on the page and I don’t understand why Maclin does not finish his routes. I hope that the Ravens let him go after this season as he does play any intensity
  • Steelers second possession goes 90 yards for another 7 points
  • The PI call on Canady was a bad call and set them up for another TD but not so surprising since Pittsburgh often gets the calls when they play in Heinz Field
  • Chris Moore had a very nice game and made a great catch on the Ravens first TD
  • Tony Jefferson and Eric Weddle did not play very well and never seemed to be close to the ball when it was thrown down field
  • Really don’t understand why the Ravens didn’t get more over the top help with covering Brown – it makes no sense to me. If you are keeping track Antonio Brown had 11 receptions for 213 yards and Le’Veon Bell had 9 receptions for 77 yards
  • 3rd possession for the Steelers ends with a 52 yard field goal
  • Suggs dropped a gift interception which is surprising because he has unusually good hands for a linebacker
  • Canady had an unremarkable game with a couple bad penalties
  • Alex Collins got off to a slow start with a fumble but after that he made several great runs and played with a lot of heart and grit. Alex was the star of the offense last night averaging 6.7 yards per carry and racked up 120 yards
  • Steelers fourth possession drives down the field for 3 points
  • Hats off to Ravens coaching staff for activating Chris Moore and Michael Campanaro over Perriman as these guys can deliver more and have produced when in the game
  • On 3rd and 16 with 50 seconds left in the game the Ravens defense could not deliver a stop and the 4 man rush left Ben with 6 seconds to find the open receiver. Our front four could not get any pressure on Big Ben and left our secondary vulnerable
  • Big Ben and the Steeler receivers owned the middle of the field most of the night
  • Steelers were 12 of 18 on 3rd down which proves how dominant their offense was in this game
  • Ravens defense didn’t get their first stop until 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter and they gave up 4 scores to the Steelers in their last four possessions
  • Bowser and Levine had a primo opportunity to get the Steelers pinned back to 1 yard line on a kick off but neither of them could get Bryant to the ground
  • Wallace made two brilliant plays to break up what would have been interceptions on passes where the DB had position on him and in both cases he reached over the top to slap the ball down – that is what good receivers do
  • Antonio Brown literally looks for a PI call every single time he doesn’t catch the ball and this for a guy who has made a regular habit of pushing off to get separation
  • The Ravens middle linebackers could not handle the Steeler Tight Ends or cover the middle of the field – it was arguable one of their worst games of the season
  • To me one of the disappointing moments in the game was when the Ravens when 3 and out after the Steelers pulled within one score in the 4th quarter – I thought that Ravens play calling was really bad in that series and it shifted all the momentum to the Steelers
  • With the clock ticking down and on the most critical 3rd down play of the game you go to Maclin – I am befuddled with that call as he is not my go to guy in a critical situation, and to make matters worse he plays dead on the hit he took which cost the Ravens their last time out of the game
  • After 10 years in the league there are still times that Flacco does things that make him look like a rookie – and I will point to that last play of the game where he rolls out and gets caught from behind
  • Ravens coaching staff (mostly Pees) didn’t make the in game adjustments last night to win this game
  • Ravens O line did a good job protecting Joe and they did it against one of the best front sevens in the league
Game Predictions Game Statistics
Score Ravens 20 Steelers 23 Ravens 38 Steelers 39
Turnovers Plus 1 Minus 1
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 94 Steelers 110 Ravens 152 Steelers 59
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 192 Steelers 242 Ravens 261 Steelers 486

Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Flacco is sacked 3 times       Nope, got to him just once
  • Le’Veon Bell carries for 31 times for 105 yards (3.4 per carry)       Nope, just 13 receptions for 48 yards
  • Ravens have at least one trick play on special teams       Nope, no trick plays
  • Refs make terrible calls       Correct, lots of poor calls and several no calls on obvious penalties

Possible Monday morning headlines

  • Steelers Win in final seconds on Boswell’s field goal

Keys to the Game

  • Offensive balance with a 3rd down conversion rate > than 38%      Correct, 40%
  • Contain Bell, Bryant and Brown      Nope, they accounted for 391 yards and 3 TDs
  • Protect the rock and force some turnovers       Nope, they forced nothing and gave up one INT

One comment

  1. Mitch says:

    Great effort by the Ravens and they could have something of an offensive identity if they are willing to build the offense around Collins, not Flacco. Maclin is not the same player he was on other teams. Our 3 top FA acquisitions have left very much to be desired and need to go unless there is dramatic improvement. Carr and Jefferson cannot cover. Jefferson isn’t close to the player I thought we were getting. Carr is nothing more than a complementary piece and should be used sparingly much like Webb. Both were fine players at one time but are near the end. I actually thought Canady played pretty decent, as did Humphreys. The bulls eye was on our middle linebackers and Carr. The safeties were pretty much non-existent and not a factor, which really hurt the corners who needed their help. Wedel has an occasional good game, but also has games like this. He also is near the end of a very good career, but perhaps has 1 more good year.

    Dean Peas does not make in game adjustments. We need a change here. How many times has the Ravens defense under Peas, while overall being ranked in the top 10, given up game winning drives, especially to good QB’s. It is like the coach and players become frozen. It felt like groundhog day as this game played out exactly like last year’s game in Pittsburgh. We no doubt missed J. Smith, but the Steelers also missed Shazier. They both are perhaps best defensive player for their team.

    It is obvious Mosely is playing hurt and should not be on the field on 3rd and long. Not sure why we don’t play more dime with Levine on the field taking his place. I would rather go with Humphreys and Canady on the outside and rotate in Jaylen Hill in the slot. Carr can still rotate in but may actually be better in slot.

    All in all, I like the way the Ravens competed. If we can find a dependable second receiver other than Maclin the offense may be very competitive from this point on. Maclin almost looks disinterested. I hope C. Moore isn’t hurt, as he needs more snaps moving forward.

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