Ravens-Steelers: What We Learned
The Ravens snapped a two-game skid and improved to 3-2 with a 26-23 overtime victory over Pittsburgh.
Here's what we learned:
The Ravens managed to overcome several costly mistakes against an undermanned Steelers team. Baltimore was penalized 11 times for 92 yards. Still, the win keeps the Ravens in the thick of the playoff race. However, the road remains difficult with games against the Patriots, Seahawks, Texans, Rams, Bills and Browns still on the schedule.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson had the worst game of his young career. He completed just 19 of 28 passes for 161 yards with three interceptions. He held the ball too long several times and was sacked five times. Jackson was not helped by his receivers or porous offensive line. Jackson is solid when he runs the ball (14 carries, 70 yards), but he still has some struggles making plays deep downfield.
Effective teams have figured out that when their defenders can stop the run, there's a good chance the Ravens will have trouble moving the ball. The Steelers stacked the line of scrimmage and left two safeties deep as a precaution against a deep throw and the Ravens could not make the necessary adjustments throughout much of the game.
Justin Tucker remains one of the Ravens most players. He calmly nailed a 46-yard field goal in overtime to give Baltimore the win. Heinz Field is one the toughest places to kick. Tucker has made 24-of-25 (96 percent) attempts over his career in Pittsburgh.
Marlon Humphrey forced a fumble on Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to set up the game-winning kick by Tucker. He is the Ravens best defensive player and they need to extend him before he hits the free-agent market.