Steelers win vs. Ravens shows why Tomlin is one of the best coaches
Adversity was abundant for both teams
Adding the loss of Tyson Alualu, and pairing that with not having Devin Bush, although Robert Spillane gutted out a great performance, really hurt the run defense in this game. Particularly the loss of Alualu was a lot to have to overcome when facing a Baltimore offense which builds its playbook around draw and dive plays to open up their option game and play-action pass as well. You could not pick a worse position to lose a player on defense when playing the Baltimore Ravens than Alualu’s spot.
Diontae Johnson has been the Steelers goto guy when healthy, and his ability to make long runs on short catches would have been vital to Pittsburgh’s passing attack in this game. He was still dealing with the ankle injury and you could see that he wasn’t able to fill in that role and as a result, Ben was forced to look other ways in the second half. Adding in the fact that Cam Heyward was playing at a reduced capacity for the 4th quarter really made things look bleak in the type of game where you need all of your best players on the field.