3 winners and 3 losers from Steelers 19-14 win vs. Ravens
Here are the three winners and three losers from the Steelers 19-14 win over the Ravens
This Steelers game hasn’t been pretty since being moved multiple times, and that trend continued on the field on Wednesday. The Ravens looked like they were expected to, and honestly, their defense showed up better than most expected.
As for the Steelers, a sluggish offense, slow starting defense, and a plethora of mistakes nearly cost this victory. All of that aside, here are the winners and losers of the Steelers’ Week 12 win.
Loser: Quarterback defense
The run defense as a whole wasn’t bad this week, but the way they allowed the quarterbacks to make moves was a bad spot for this unit. Despite knowing that this Ravens offense was going to be a running heavy unit, the team seemed ill prepared to stop Robert Griffin III when he had the ball in his hands. In total, Griffin ran for 68 yards on only seven carries, getting some key first downs and keeping the Ravens offense moving when it should have stalled.
The Steelers must have known that the Ravens were going to rely heavily on option plays and quarterback runs, yet they gashed the Steelers early and often. It wasn’t until Griffin tweaked his leg that we saw this quarterback rushing onslaught stopped. While not as effective overall, even backup Trace McSorley showed how effective he could be on the ground. This unit struggled to stop the quarterback runs, and it nearly cost them in the end.