The Pittsburgh Steelers borrowed a chapter from their nemesis’ playbook as they defeated the Ravens, 16-13, on Sunday night time at M&T Lender Stadium.
The Steelers arrived out with a conservative offensive activity approach to manage the tempo of the activity and pummeled the Ravens with 198 speeding yards on 41 carries. Audio acquainted?
The Ravens (10-6) experienced applied that formula to earn seven of their previous nine online games courting to a 23-20 get about the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 23. That includes a 16-14 victory about the Steelers on Dec. 11 when the Ravens rushed for 215 yards on 42 carries.
“Very disappointing. Give them credit history they flipped the script, and that is not what we anticipate,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh claimed. “We never assume that at all. They got the position carried out [and] ran the ball very very well against us.”
Pittsburgh (8-8) did not just flip the script they strike the Ravens in the experience with it. The Ravens entered the game with the No. 3 run protection in the NFL, enabling only 87.5 yards per game. But they had no solutions for Pittsburgh, which entered rated No. 18 in speeding, averaging 115.4 yards for every game.
Pittsburgh running again Najee Harris ran all-around, through and around the Ravens for 111 yards on 22 carries. His backup Jaylen Warren experienced 12 attempts for 76 yards as the Steelers did their ideal impersonation of the Ravens’ 1-2 of operating backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, who had 95 yards on 20 makes an attempt.
Pittsburgh was not bashful about allowing the Ravens know what it desired to do. The Steelers needed to perform smashmouth soccer and restrict the passing tries and potential turnovers from rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett.
It is a negative working day for the protection when the two safeties guide the staff in tackles the Ravens’ Chuck Clark had 10 and fellow security Marcus Williams experienced nine.
“I feel they were being hitting us with the wide zone [running game], definitely,” Clark mentioned. “They were being just acquiring downhill, and they have a great again [in Harris]. Hats off to him. We had him we retained him bottled up a few video games in the past, but he had a superior day currently, honestly.”
Pickett had gotten off to a rough start earlier in the season soon after failing to defeat out veteran Mitch Trubisky, who threw a few interceptions in relief of an injured Pickett when the groups previous met.
This time, Pittsburgh played it risk-free for most of the recreation. Pickett threw a good deal of swift hitches and turnaround routes, considerably like the Ravens use with backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, who is now 2-2 in four starts off for hurt star Lamar Jackson.
But Pickett performed nicely, completing 15 of 27 passes for 168 yards and a landing. The very first-spherical draft choose scrambled and was elusive in the pocket. He threw some good passes about the middle with velocity. He experienced a lot much more command of Pittsburgh’s offense than Huntley has of the Ravens’, and he has a considerably brighter future.
There ended up two passes from Pickett that stood out for the duration of the Steelers’ 11-participate in, 80-garden match-profitable generate in the ultimate minutes.
On initially-and-10 from the 50 with 2:06 remaining, Pickett threw a 28-property dart across the middle to broad receiver Steven Sims that fit in a slim window in between two Ravens defenders, which include Williams. The Ravens never have a participant on their roster who can make that throw.
The 10-property touchdown go to Harris with 56 seconds still left experienced nice contact as Harris defeat middle linebacker Roquan Smith down the remaining sideline.
“We all did not make a engage in,” Ravens inside of linebacker Patrick Queen explained of the Steelers’ ultimate generate. “We experienced a opportunity to get to the quarterback we did not get to the quarterback. We experienced a opportunity to make a play we just didn’t make the play. It should not have even gotten to that level, honestly. So, we have just acquired to go again to the drawing board, get greater and check out to gain a game following week.”
Even much more insulting was that Pittsburgh ran the ball 4 periods in the previous travel, which include two quarterback sneaks on 3rd-and-1. The Ravens could not end all those possibly.
The protection shed practically each individual battle in the trenches.