The Ravens built a 21-0 lead, and held on to win 21-14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was ugly, but it was a win. RSR staff react below…
The Ravens defense saved the day for a struggling offense against Big Ben and company to move into first place in the AFC North. Dean Pees stuck to his game plan and it worked out well for once. While it’s hard to knock anything the defense did today, the dropped interceptions made it closer than it needed to be.
The offense is still reeling and concerning in both the passing and running game. Ronnie Stanley has to be smarter as his penalties cost the Ravens valuable field position. Flacco appears lost in his mechanics and still throwing off his back foot.
All in all it finally feels good to celebrate a Ravens win and now they must get ready to face the Browns on a short week.
All credit in the world to the first three quarters of Dean Pees’ defense (though if they could catch, this game would’ve been over a whole lot earlier). Still, he reminded us all why we’ll never forgive him for making Super Bowl XLVII as close as it was. His antiquated “bend-but-don’t-break” nonsense made this game much more of a nail-biter than it had any business being in the fourth quarter. Throw in a hat tip Jerry Rosburg’s special teams and to Mike Wallace as well.
It feels great to win this game, but this offense still inspires no confidence. Untimely penalties, our rookie first-round pick getting ran over by 90-year-old James Harrison, an inability to run the ball against an awful run defense, and Joe Flacco’s continued poor mechanics really make it impossible to feel good about this team going forward.
But hey…first place!
Ravens fans should enjoy the week and relish in the fact that they can say their team is in first place – it’s been awhile. But did this offense do anything to instill any confidence or make you believe they can keep up with Dallas in a couple weeks? That they can snap their losing skid against the Bengals? Or that they can win in Foxborough on the road?
Let’s enjoy the win and be grateful for the fact that there appeared to be no serious injuries. However, it’s clear this team, particularly on offense, still has major flaws. Even with a mostly healthy unit.
That game was bad. Even leading 21-0, it wasn’t pretty for either team. The Ravens defense was great through three quarters, but outside of that, there wasn’t much else to smile about. The offensive line couldn’t run a play without committing a penalty. Flacco continues to throw off his back foot and does not look good at all. The playcalling leaves a lot to be desired. Hester is a wasted roster spot as all he does is fair catch. The Ravens defense played very well, and that was about it. It’s a good thing that they have the Browns on Thursday night as they continue to work on getting healthy. That means the Ravens have nine days heading into Week 11 to heal before they hit the toughest part of their schedule.
I forget what I’m supposed to do after a win… this feeling… it’s been months now! I guess I celebrate a bit? Maybe just a fist pump? After all, the W is great but the penalty game returned to form (10-94), Ronnie Stanley got owned, Flacco is still back-foot throwing, and the offensive play calling lacks logic from time to time.
The defense played a hell of a game until Big Ben started stretching the secondary thin, winded them & turned it into scoring drives.
But today, we take the W, move into first and prepare for Cleveland on Thursday night!