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Studs and Duds from the Ravens’ Week 4 Win Over the Steelers

October 01, 2018 - 11:32 am
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By Joe Schiller

Studs:

Brandon Carr

Carr continues to be a reliable asset in the secondary during Jimmy Smith’s suspension. He was stout in coverage and broke up a would-be touchdown pass from JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second quarter. No Steelers receiver totaled over 62 yards and that’s a win when facing a high-flying aerial attack.


John Brown

Brown caught three passes for 116 yards and a 33-yard touchdown. He was a consistent problem for Joe Haden and the Steelers’ secondary the entire night. It’s refreshing to see a consistent deep threat receiver back in Baltimore and the connection from Flacco to Brown is legitimate. The two are beginning to link up every week.


Willie Snead

I labeled Snead as my unsung hero of the night. He didn’t find the end zone but gutted out six catches for 56 yards. Multiple receptions came across the middle of the field on crucial down and distance situations and his performance shouldn’t go unnoticed. While Brown commands the deep threat, Snead is beating defenses in the slot and that's a huge plus for the passing offense. 

 

The Tight Ends  

Marty Mornhinweg’s utilization of the tight end group was creative and extremely efficient. Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle and Mark Andrews combined for 99 receiving yards and each made an impact in the passing game. Hayden Hurst’s return makes this unit that much more dangerous in the coming weeks if they can continue to see consistent targets and production.

 

Anthony Levine

Few in the NFL can provide the versatility Anthony Levine can and the co-captain was a defensive stud. He totaled six tackles and notched three passes defended. But most importantly, his interception on Big Ben sealed the Ravens’ 26-14 win. Whether it’s defending the run or playing in coverage, Levine continues to impress.

 

Duds:

Alex Collins

Collins found the end zone early in the first quarter but his fumble on the goal line cost the Ravens a touchdown and a 21-3 lead. It’s his second on the season and after four in 2017, those concerns only loom larger. While he may be the only true workhorse running back for the Ravens, Collins will have to clean up his ball security.  

 

Michael Crabtree

All-in-all it wasn’t terrible for Crabtree. He caught three passes for 29 yards but one third-down drop stood out. John Harbaugh expressed his displeasure with last year’s receiving core in that category and Crabtree must show better hands going forward.