Halftime Thoughts: Steelers Trail 13-6 to Ravens

Couple quick things here to think about at the half:

1. Batch and the offense haven’t gotten much done, but overall are playing a LOT better than last week. The reason – one turnover, and it was on a trick play where Antonio Brown was throwing a pass. I like the play calling for the most part, but watch running too much on first down, the Ravens are keying on that.

2. Defense has played well, and without Ike Taylor the Ravens are going to try and pick on the outside corners with Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis. Allen had a big PI that eventually gave the Ravens a chip shot field goal, but overall made a couple nice plays on Torry Smith. It’s time to see what these corners can do, and so far I’m ok with their play.

3. If there was ever a time for a big play from Troy Polamalu or James Harrison, it’s now. Those two have been banged up all season, and both are still the spirit of the defense. Harrison has been in a few times near Flacco, and Polamalu blitzed a few times, but didn’t get in the backfield. Let’s see if one steps up.

Overall, this is not going to be easy, Batch has thrown 9-for-16 for 57 yards, and so far as stated above, the one play that was a pick was a trick play. I like where this team is right now, but sticking to my guns. Ravens win it 27-13.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

 

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2 Comments

  • Jalen

    The steelers don’t have gamers at the skill positions on offense, they have wannabes! I knew I would miss Hines ward but never thought I would miss him this much! Soft, soft, soft! This is now both Balt games that are there for the taking and our “playmakers” suk and funk it all up!

  • Jalen

    I would love to read tomorrow how James Harrison beats the piss out sanders! And Wallace because Wallace is soft!

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