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Ravens Drop Third Straight, Lose 23-16 to Steelers

November 04, 2018 - 4:44 pm

By Joe Schiller

On September 30th, the Baltimore Ravens marched into Heinz Field on Sunday night and dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-14.

Baltimore improved to an impressive 3-1 record, while the Steelers dropped to 1-2-1.

Just over one month later, the tables have completely turned.

This time around, the Ravens found themselves on the losing end, their third straight in a 23-16 defeat on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens sufficed for two 23-yard field goals from Justin Tucker in the first quarter but both times, three points could have very easily been six.

Lamar Jackson stood wide open in the end zone on third and goal as everyone in the stadium except for Flacco saw him. Two drives later, Flacco underthrew Michael Crabtree on a pass that would’ve resulted in a touchdown.

The Steelers took advantage of their scoring opportunities, both through the air and on the ground.

James Connor, who was held to just 19 total rushing yards in the first meeting between these two teams, totaled 163 yards and was on the receiving end of a 7-yard pass from Roethlisberger in the first quarter.

Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown midway through the second quarter and the Steelers took a 14-6 halftime lead.

Alex Collins’ 1-yard touchdown run the third quarter brought the Ravens within one score but the defense failed to make crucial stops. The middle of the field posed a serious problem for Wink Martindale’s unit yet again.

Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster had their way in one-on-one matchups with the opposition. Roethlisberger passed for 270 yards and most notably – the Steelers converted 10 of 16 third downs 

A makeshift offensive line allowed two sacks and six quarterback hits, along with adding frustrating penalties. 

Flacco and the offense were given one final chance to convert a game-tying drive with 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but a sack and back-to-back penalties hindered any hope.

The Ravens head into the bye week at 4-5. Plenty of questions will surround John Harbaugh’s future with the team as their playoff chances are slowly slipping away.