The Steelers are now 5-7 after a heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens 22-20 on Thanksgiving night. The match up as usual was physical and went down to the wire. Let’s take a look at the Good,the Bad and the Ugly of the game.
The play of running back Le’Veon Bell was good as Bell continues to make strides as an all around three down NFL feature running back. Bell ran 16 time for 73 yards and a touchdown. Bell also caught 7 passes for 63 yards. Bell has shown all the skills the Steelers had hope for when drafting him in round 2 of this year’s draft.
Tight end Heath Miller had a very good game with 8 catches for 86 yards and also had a key block on Bell’s touchdown run.
On defense outside linebacker Jason Worilds was once again a dominanting force.
Worilds collected 10 tackled for the game including 2 sacks. Worilds has definitely made a case for at least the thought of the Steelers resigning him in 2014.
The Bad :
The Steelers special teams had a couple of major miscues Thursday night. Kicker Shaun Suisham miss timed the snap count on a 50 yard field goal attempt that may have cost the Steelers three points. The second miscue was after the Steelers scored a touchdown and the kick off coverage team gave up a Jacoby Jones return of 73 yards to help put the Ravens in field goal range and kill any momentum the Steelers were about to build. When you are playing on the road and against a division rival every point and every inch counts so mistakes like these can not be made and may have cost the Steelers big time in the end.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had 3 drops in the game. The last one was crucial as it would of tied the game with a two-point conversion. Sanders must make these type of catches.
The Steelers continued an early and ugly trend by starting off slow and making early mistakes. Good teams don’t put themselves in bad positions by making such mental errors. It was the same old story in the end, too little ,too late.
The Steelers offensive line continues to be decimated by injuries.Center Fernando Velasco was lost for the rest of the season with a knee injury and left tackle Kelvin Beachum could not finish the game with an injury. The Steelers are now on their third center of the 2013 season and as of now we are not even sure who that may be . The Steelers offensive line woes were already ugly but it looks like they are about to get a lot uglier.