Who would have thought that the most important injury of the season to date wasn’t QB Ben Roethlisberger? Ever since kicker Shaun Suisham went down in the Hall of Fame Game with a season-ending knee injury, the Steelers’ kicking game has been a mess to put it lightly.
Josh Scobee missed two field goals that would have won the game for the Steelers but instead, his counterpart Justin Tucker nailed a 52-yarder more than halfway through overtime for the 23-20 Baltimore win.
Scobee was far from the only goat in this one as the Steelers’ run defense was gashed time and time again despite making a few key stops at times. The Steelers struggled with wrapping up Justin Forsett all evening not to mention other Ravens’ players. This is an area we saw some improvement in since week one but players like Will Allen and usually sure-handed Lawrence Timmons struggled to bring guys down.
The offense under Michael Vick never seemed to get any rhythm going and it didn’t get much help from Todd Haley who couldn’t come up with anything on key third and fourth down plays that would have iced the game. Among them were a slant route to rookie Sammie Coates, a straight dive into the line by Le’Veon Bell and a throw to a covered Antonio Brown that sailed high.
Mike Tomlin can’t be left off the hook either. After choosing to go for a first down on fourth down rather than try to pin the Ravens deep, Vick was stopped well short on what looked like a played designed for the wing-t in the 1940’s.
While there were positives like the defense getting five sacks and two turnovers, the negatives were far too much to overcome. Make no mistake about it, this is a devastating loss Big Ben or not. The Steelers were essentially beaten by a ragtag bunch of receivers and defensive backs who did just enough to win.
The ten days are well needed by this team and no one needs them more than Michael Vick. I could also say the same for whatever new kicker the Steelers bring in and trust me, they will.