Ravens come up short at home, split series with Pittsburgh.
Final Score: Steelers 23 Ravens 16
What went right: The first half saw two Justin Tucker field goals and a team limping into halftime down 14-6, but overall, nothing much went right during the first half or second half of football in Baltimore. The Ravens were able to get the running game going at times through the middle of the line and the prior week Alex Collins foot injury did not seem to be a concern at all. Going into the game without both starting offensive tackles, one would have expected numerous sacks on Joe Flacco, but the line held up well, not allowing their first sack until the end of the third quarter. Alex Collins scored the lone touchdown for the offense on a 1 yard outside run, capping an 11 play, 75 yard drive.
What went wrong: Offensively, the Ravens were forcing Lamar Jackson packages early and often, creating gaps in rhythm and preventing the offense from getting into sync. The most questionable play call came in the first half at the goal line, keeping Lamar Jackson in for a second straight play, running him off tackle only to get stuffed for a loss and preventing a touchdown. The defense was unable to generate any consistent pressure during the game and the Steelers made it difficult for them for a second straight week by running a “light” hurry-up offense.
At the end of the third quarter with the score 20-13, Ben Roethlisberger was temporarily knocked out of the game and the Ravens defending a 2nd & 20 at the Steelers own 5 yard line. Two plays later, the Steelers were at the Ravens 21 yard line, kicking a field goal to go up 23-13. The Ravens did have a few key stops but were unable to get off the field on third down all game long. Offensively, the rhythm was never there and the disjointed, out of sync gameplan kept the team from moving the ball consistently and having a balanced offensive attack.
Injuries: Cornerback Tavon Young left the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
Looking ahead: The Ravens will enter the bye week with a 4-5 record (1-3 DIV,) and then host the Cincinnati Bengals. The second half the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the defense, going on the road to face the explosive offenses of the Chiefs, Falcons and Chargers.
Notable: The Steelers ran 76 plays to the Ravens 56, went 10 of 16 on third down to the Ravens 4 of 12 and took the time of possession 36:29 to 23:31.
Fantasy Takeaway: Willie Snead again, lead the team in catches with 7 for 58 and should definitely be on your fantasy radar…Mark Andrews has positioned himself to be a reliable target for Joe Flacco and steady chain mover but isn’t as consistent week to week just yet…Big-game John Brown has gone missing, if found, please call Ravens HQ…the Ravens Defense has not generated much in the turnover department and is not showing well on the fantasy stat sheets…Justin Tucker is still your reliable kicker and there is no hangover from his prior missed extra point hiccup…Joe Flacco is still a streamer and worst-case choice in deeper leagues…Alex Collins is not doing much (9 for 35 yards and a TD) and the addition of Ty Montgomery only muddies the backfield overall
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