Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans! Always good to beat the Ravens and in Baltimore no less. As I usually do on the day after the game, I’m here to give you a number of different takes on the win.
The Steelers have now beaten the Ravens in two straight games and will host them that at Heinz Field in December.
Le’Veon Bell ran it 35 times yesterday which is three carries less than his huge game in the snow at Buffalo last season (a career high).
Steelers’ Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley had a better game on Sunday. He clearly went in intending to run the ball and to his credit he stuck to it. He also finally abandoned the constant ‘no-back’ sets he’d grown fond of through the first three weeks. One thing Haley has to do is use play-action on first down more often. The Ravens were just sitting on the run on first down and why wouldn’t they?
Really surprised at the number of fans who seem to have written off Ben Roethlisberger already. He’s had some very pedestrian games but he isn’t ‘losing’ games for the team either. I really think he’s been struggling with trying to distribute the ball to everyone. There’s a lot of egos on that side of the ball and as you saw with Antonio Brown yesterday, when they aren’t getting the ball, they get pissed.
Great comment by Chris Adamski at the Trib yesterday. Ross Cockrell didn’t have a sack or interception last year. Mike Hilton did both in one game. A fair comparison? Perhaps not because Joe Haden has replaced Cockrell on the boundary, but I found it an excellent example of how the Steelers have changed their approach this year.
Tweet of the Day… Heard this a lot yesterday.
This Seattle game is being officiated sooo poorly. Very frustrating to watch. 3 of the 4 challenges have been reversed. LET THEM PLAY PLEASE
— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) October 2, 2017
The penalties, especially on offense, have got to stop. The holding penalties are one thing but the false starts are just completely unacceptable.
The issue of Mike Tomlin going for two up 19-0 thankfully did not come up but it sure could have. I definitely understand what his thinking was but I don’t think going for two was necessary there.
I have never seen an interception where the receiver catches the ball and takes four steps, loses the ball and then it’s deemed an ‘interception.’ I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s changed to a fumble. Even tough I thought Brown’s knee was down so what in the hell do I know?
Do not be surprised if you hear more about the Antonio Brown temper tantrum. I’m hearing it continued at halftime but more among coaches than Brown.
While it appears the ‘Anthem Controversy’ has died down a bit for the Steelers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN had an ominous tweet yesterday. He said the locker room had become more like co-workers in an office than a group of teammates. Hoping that is just one opinion.
Very much a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Jaguars’ team coming in Sunday. They destroyed Baltimore in London and then lost to the NY Jets yesterday in overtime. Either way, not a team to be taken lightly.
Have a great day Steeler Nation! Enjoy the win!!