A typical showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens is usually a defensive affair, marked by plenty of hard hits, sacks, turnovers, and very little scoring.
Sunday’s Steelers/Ravens game wasn’t the defensive showdown the NFL is used to. Both defenses displayed more of a “bend but don’t break” style and combined for only four sacks, four punts, and one turnover between the two teams.
On offense, with the exception of the occasional wild cat formation, this was an old school Pittsburgh Steelers effort. Rookie Le’Veon Bell had his most impressive game yet with 93 rushing yards on 19 attempts. He showed plenty of patience waiting for his offensive line to open up holes, and made the most of his touches with a 4.9 yards per carry.
Despite the resurrection of the running game, the Steelers’ offense fell into its old ways of missed opportunities. Drives stalled out and the team had to settle for Shaun Suisham field goals. The usually dependable Heath Miller had an uncharacteristic fumble before the half, which led to a Ravens field goal. Wide receiver Derek Moye dropped an easy touchdown pass, which would have made the end of the game considerably less nerve wracking. His only catch of the game came on a spectacular leaping grab in which he was flipped and landed on the head, so I suppose pulling in a pass in the end zone without gymnastics was too difficult for him.
The Steelers don’t have long to bask in the wonderful feeling of beating the Ravens. Pittsburgh travels to Oakland to take on the once rival Raiders. The Steelers haven’t fared too well against the Raiders in recent years, but this has been a weird season so who knows what will happen.