The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 2-2 as they let one get away in overtime losing 23-20 to the Ravens.
Let’s now take a look at the Good ,the Bad and the Ugly of the Steelers loss to the Ravens in week 4…
Not much good comes out of a loss like this,however there was good to be found.
Running back Le’Veon Bell had 150 total yards, running for 129 yards and a rushing touchdown . He also had 7 pass receptions for 21 yards.
Bell proved once again he is the most complete all around running back in the NFL.
The Steelers defense had its ups and downs but there were a few stand out players.
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the team with 11 tackles including a sack.
Defensive end Stephon Tuitt had 10 tackles including a sack and two tackles for a loss.
Tuitt,now in his second season, is playing at a very high level and should only get better.
Defensive end Cam Heyward had seven tackles including a sack and a forced fumble. Heyward and Tuitt are becoming a great duo on the Steelers defense.
Linebacker James Harrison continues to prove that he is an ageless wonder collecting 8 tackles with two for a loss and a sack.
Sean Spence did great filling in at inside linebacker. He had 8 tackles,stopped a fake field goal and also had a sack.
Cornerback Ross Cockrell has not been with the Steelers long, but continues to show big play ability.He had an interception and an amazing fumble recovery. Cockrell is a very interesting player who is making the best of his opportunities.
The bottom line here is the Steelers defense is showing improvement but it was not good enough to pull out the win.
The Steelers defense just missed to many key tackles. Sloppy tackling has been a common theme and needs to be corrected.
The special teams play was anything but special.Kicker Josh Scobee missed two more key field goals. The Steelers must address the kicking situation again, as hard as that is to believe.
The Steelers players were not the only ones to blame for this loss. A lot of blame must fall on the shoulders of the coaching staff. There were bad play calls, bad clock management, and it seemed the Steelers began to play too conservative when they were up 20 -7. This game was lost for many reasons and there are many who contributed to those reasons.
Let’s hope the Steelers learn from these mistakes .
The ugly fact remains that the Steelers let a home game they had well in hand slip through their fingers. The fact that it was against a division rival like the Ravens does not help matters.
They can’t afford to let many more slip away, especially against an average at best team like Baltimore.
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