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Steelers Regain First in North as Ravens Lay Egg in Jacksonville

Remember last week when a lot of people were on the Steelers for only beating the Jaguars by four at 17-13? Well, it could have been signs of a turnaround for the Jaguars, who pulled off a great favor for the Steelers Monday night, beating the rival Baltimore Ravens 12-7 in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars defense stuffed the Ravens all night, holding Baltimore without a first down till the third quarter, and the Ravens only TD was scored with 2:02 remaining.

Ray Rice, who torched the Steelers on opening day, ran for just 28 yards with a fumble, and Joe Flacco was held to 137 yards passing the Ravens had just 10 first downs.

The most important matter – the loss means the Steelers move into first place for the time being. The Steelers are 5-2 after their third straight win on Sunday with a 32-20 win in Arizona. The Ravens, who have lost to two AFC South teams in the Titans and Jags, are 4-2.

Of course while it’s good to be in first for now, the two teams will meet in two weeks for bragging rights again for the division in Heinz Field.

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. The Tony

    October 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

    What a game for Steelers Nation last night! The Ravens went in to Jacksonville last night with a ton of momentum after putting a hurting on Houston and becoming arguably the class of the AFC. Last night in front of a national audience the stage was set for Joe “Cool” Flacco to prove why he belonged in the class of upper-echelon quarterbacks in the NFL. Just like Charlie Brown trying to kick the ball for once, Lucy pulls it a way landing good ol’ Chuck flat on his back. Last night Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense was absolutely putrid not even recording a first down until late in the second quarter. Flacco proved that he is more of a Trent Dilfer and a far cry from a Tom Brady. The Jaguars proved in order to beat the Ravens that you HAVE TO RUN THE FOOTBALL. You can not expect to pass all over the Ravens and think you’re going to win. Lastly you have got to be physical and attack Flacco. The Steelers have proven many times that they have what it takes to beat the Ravens. Bruce Arians needs to implement this into the offense because we have the strength in the running game to control the clock. It is the classic proverb, the running game opens up the passing game. You better believe that the next two weeks we need to run the ball because we do not want to get in a shoot out against Tom Brady and for Ben’s safety we don’t want to pass 30 times against the Ravens pass rush. We are going to need to get Harrison back healthy to sure up our run defense and finally start to create more turn overs. If we can win two out of the next three and remain relatively healthy heading into the bye week, then I think we can finish the season strong heading to the playoffs. Let’s win it for Smith!

  2. Jay

    October 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hold your horses, The Tony… I wouldn’t presume Flacco sucks (those aren’t your exact words but I’m paraphrasing what I perceived your overall sentiment to be) based on one game. Let’s whoop on them in a couple of weeks and then I’ll more readily opine in unison!

    • The Tony

      October 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I didn’t imply that he “sucked”, what I am stating that when it comes to big games or games on a national setting, Flacco comes up short time after time. Flacco is lucky that he has his defense, much like Trent Dilfer

  3. DrGeorge

    October 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Maybe the Jags are better than we gave them credit for, especially on D. That was a very spirited effort, powered largely by no-names and youth.

    And on offense, it was certainly a joy to watch them stick it to the Black Birds — by running the ball like the Steelers of old!

    By the way, did you catch that sign one Jags fan held up: “Ravens Eat Worms.” Bet Tom Crowley loved that.

    Now, here’s a message to Arians: The Jags know what they’re doing. Run the ball, Bruce. A lot. Use Redman and Dwyer. Run between the tackles. Keep Ben within the offense. Gabbert looked like the rookie he is, and the Jags still won as a team. Think about that, Bruce. There’s a lesson in that.

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