Ravens Rough Up Steelers, 26-14
Eleven: The number of Steelers collective rushing attempts on Sunday night (Baltimore had 30).
Eleven: The number of receivers who caught a pass for the Ravens (Pittsburgh threw at Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster 11 times, apiece).
Eleven: How much the Steelers should miss Le'Veon Bell on a scale of 1-10.
For a few minutes before halftime, the Steelers felt like the Steelers. Heinz Field was alive. They trailed 14-3 but quickly came to life after the passing game started humming. Vance McDonald was trucking people. Antonio Brown caught a touchdown. It was tied 14-14 at the half, but felt like Pittsburgh was unstoppable. Then, crickets...
"They are who we thought they were." -- Dennis Green
For one half of football -- the second half of football, nonetheless -- in a Sunday night primetime divisional game at home, the Pittsburgh Steelers were held scoreless. Ben Roethlisberger averaged 5.8 yards per completion. Running back James Conner had nine carries for 19 yards. His longest run of the game went for four yards.
The Ravens weren't surprised by Pittsburgh's second-half struggles. Baltimore is the only team to not allow a second-half touchdown through four weeks of the season. The other three teams in the AFC North have each allowed 100+ points through four games. Baltimore has given up 65 (tied for 2nd).
With Joe Flacco playing, dare we say, elite, Baltimore looks like a contender. Flacco has thrown for over 1200 yards, eight touchdowns and just two interceptions through Week 4. Combine that defense with a fiery Flacco and the Ravens might be tap, tap, tapping on the Playoffs' chamber doors come December.
If you don't get that joke, you should've paid more attention in English Lit.