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First Quarter Thoughts – Ravens Strike Quick, Steelers D Looks Lost

The Ravens lead the Steelers 14-0 at the end of one, and so far the Steelers have been totally outplayed in just about every area.

The pass rush hasn’t made a dent against a patchwork Ravens O-line, and Joe Flacco has been on target, going 6-for-6 for 87 yards, including a TD to Anquin Boldin on the first drive of the game.

The run D allowed a long run to Ray Rice, which eventually set up the first Ravens score. Bottom line – the D looks lost after a couple series’ and they have to get on track.

On offense, Ben was 5-for-7 for 41 yards, and the Steelers offense has been outgained 141-78. Lot of game left, but this team needs to get going – fast.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Jay

    September 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Get Aaron Smith off the field, he’s a waste of 7 or 8 million agianst the cap…washed up, got washed on the goal line TD run!

    • Jay

      September 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Say goodnight this year if this is how the Pittsburgh D is going to play against the run! or just play in general! This first half Defensive performance is embarrassing especially against an average Baltimore offense. Wait until Tom Brady carves us up…Thank the gods of football that Manning went down or there would be another loss…Yeah I’m pissed watching this just like the rest of y’all but I say it! No excuses (except why bring back A. SMith when that cap money coulda gone somewhere else) for this garbage!

      • Jay

        September 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        Oh yeah, and all you pundits drinking the Kool Aid of, “Whatever is happening now”, like Andrew full of shit Filliponi, OFFENSIVE LINES ARE IMPORTANT AND WE DON’T HAVE ONE as per that first play of the second half.

        • Jay

          September 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

          And another thing, there are some SEC schools that wouldn’t field the Steelers offensive line!

  2. Jay

    September 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Now I’m simply rooting for a Raven, any raven, to have a career ending injury!

    • Jay

      September 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Shame on the Steelers and their coaching staff for being this ill-prepared for this game…I guess that’s the most unbiased thing I can say. This type of lopsidedness wreaks of nothing other than, “we’re Pittsburgh and better than you and we’ll win just by showing up!” This O-line is ridiculous! Really? Balt won’t win 12 games this year and they beating us like this! Go fuck yourself for this season opener Pittsburgh!

  3. Jay

    September 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Well, Thom-ASS, I’m here, where everyone else at…There too many options in society right now than to have to put up with this type of a performance…When I buy jerseys it’s like I am taking my hard earned money and GIVING it to the Steelers organization! That ends now with this type of a performance! Call me fair-weathered, or whatever…don’t care…true loyalty is overrated unless it involves family or principle!

  4. Thomas Crowley

    September 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Jay i actually respect you. Your not totally blinded by black and yellow shades, you critcize you’re team when you see it and our honest about the steelers flaws.

  5. Pete

    September 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Jay…its the first game and its called decaf. Try it.

    • Jay

      September 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      Dude, go blow your whore ass mother—I’m sorry that you f_ckin yinzers need to be so damn loyal but I prefer a good product! Out here in eastern PA (where I root against Philly) we don’t got time for garbage products (or decaf!) and anyone who sticks by this nonsense this year is deluded. This is the worst offensive line in the NFL and there is no reason that the caliber of QB in BB should have to play behind it! I defy anyone to name a worse offensive line in the NFL! Yeah, the defense blew as well and we can wax and wane all the various reasons but the fact remains that all of y’all out in western PA are sad, man…cooped up and rose-colored glasses wearin’ yo-yo’s! Wake up, smell the decaf and realize that this is a garbage product. Even if Pittsburgh goes 15-1 the rest of the year, don’t mean shit after this embarrassment…Like I said, there’s plenty of SEC schools that would not put the waste of space offensive lineman we have on the field for their respective schools if given the chance! We have fast receivers, balt has susceptible coverage men and BB doesn’t ahve time to set up! I’m glad I’m not y’all, just as I’m sure y’all glad you not me!

  6. The Tony

    September 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    15-1 haha. That very well could have been the worst game I have ever witnessed the Steelers play.

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