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Steelers Fall in Baltimore; Fall to 4-4 in 21-14 Beatdown by Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens

The final score may have looked good, but if you watched the game you realize just how poorly the Steelers played on Sunday.

The Steelers should have never gotten off the bus in Maryland, as the Ravens laid another beatdown of their rival in Baltimore, beating the Steelers 21-14.

The hope was with a returning Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers offense, which showed sparks but couldn’t score enough against the Patriots two weeks ago, would get things going against the Ravens, but instead they went backwards all day.

The numbers by the Steelers offense were bad, they put up more yards than the Ravens (277-274), but they were so ineffective over the first three plus quarters by the time they came back it was way too late.

Roethlisberger went 23-for-45 for 264 yards with a touchdown throwing and rushing, plus an interception.

The run game never got going, as they rushed for just 36 yards with Le’Veon Bell running for just 32 yards on 14 carries.

The defense made their mistakes, as they gave up the longest pass play in Ravens history, with Mike Wallace burning Artie Burns and Mike Mitchell for a 95-yard score in the first quarter with 1:07 to play to make it 7-0.

The Steelers defense did tighten up, holding the Ravens to a pair of Justin Tucker field goals to make it a 13-0 Baltimore lead at the half.

The second half again saw the defense do their job, holding the Ravens to zero points, but this time Baltimore got in the end zone on special teams.

Jordan Berry’s punt was blocked and Ravens’ Chris Moore picked it up and jogged into the end zone to make it a 19-0 game. They went for and got the two, making it a 21-0 game with 13:44 to play.

The Pittsburgh offense finally got going, as on the next drive they finally got the ball to Antonio Brown, who had just one first half catch, and eventually he scored on a 23-yard touchdown to make it 21-7 with 8:38 to play.

After the Steelers D continued to play well after their early letdown on the Wallace touchdown, and held the Ravens to two field goals after their first TD.

They held the Ravens again, and once again Ben and the offense went down for a score with Roethlisberger going in from four yards out with :48 to play to make it a seven-point game.

Then one of the wackiest plays in Steelers history took place, as kicker Chris Boswell attempted an onside kick, but trying to do a volley kicked the ball off the back of if his own leg, and the ball went to the Ravens who took a knee as the game ended.

The Steelers now at 4-4 have another tough task next week as they take on the 7-1 Dallas Cowboys at home next week at 4:25pm.

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.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mark

    November 6, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    The staff is horrible. They continue to trend down. This team is no longer a threat. All the evidence is in front of Steeler Nation. A change is necessary because the culture of this team is that of mediocrity and wasted talent

    • Dave B.

      November 6, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      I have to agree with you .

  2. Dave B.

    November 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Uninspired , uninterested and simply not involved . The season has reached its half way point and we saw it in Philadelphia . We saw it in Miami and today we see it again in Baltimore . TWO WEEKS TO PREPARE FOR A TEAM YOU PLAY TWICE A YEAR AND FIRST PLACE IN YOUR DIVISION ON THE LINE AND THIS IS THE BEST YOU HAVE TO OFFER ? Its unacceptable for the players and its even more unacceptable for the coaching staff . Not only was this Steeler team not prepared to play but Todd Haleys play calling is asinine at best . To think that youre going to have success running the ball when the opposing defense is crowding the line of scrimmage with literally eight and nine players is complete and utter stupidity . Rather than rant and rave , I’ll leave with this thought . There is far to much talent on the 2016 Steelers for them to be producing these kinds of results . With that said , its time to place blame where it belongs and that is at Mike Tomlins feet . Hes the head coach and he no longer has the pulse of his football team . He can blame it on penalties and execution all he wants , but at the end of the day its a trend that has been going on for more than five or six years and all under his watch . At the end of the season Mike Tomlin has to be put on notice . Either correct this problem of playing down to losing teams or your tenure as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers will come to an end . There is no other way it can be .

  3. Jay

    November 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you Dave b! And by the way, it is okay to blame the penalties because ultimately, that’s a reflection of him anyway! So no matter how you slice it, it falls, er, more aptly put, IT HAS FALLEN AT HIS FEET—PAST TENSE—somebody in the front office please do something! Shake it up, sacrifice the season for the better good! Put the fear of God in these players! Something that dictates it is not tolerable and jobs are at stake!

  4. Willkipunji

    November 7, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Dave B has it right. I’m sick to death of our coach’s “coach speak”. Frankly its insulting and our sports media is a bunch of lame eunuchs for letting him get away with being so dismissive of the fans.

  5. Anthony S.

    November 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I agree with all of the above !
    We need a coaching change in the long run and some kind of front offfice statement NOW to shake this pathetic group up!

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