Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers on Sunday's Game:

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers on Sunday's Game:

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Quarterback F

It might have been a good time for Ben Roethlisberger not to play after having one of his worst games as a professional, at least for three quarters. He could not get the ball to Antonio Brown or Sammie Coates and managed just two first downs through three quarters. Roethlisberger finished with 264 yards passing, but, until the final 10 minutes, was 8 of 18 for 54 yards.

Running backs F

Not only couldn't the Steelers throw the ball, they couldn't run, either. Le'Veon Bell didn't have a run longer than 4 yards for 3 quarters, had only 17 yards in the first half and finished with 32 yards on 14 carries, his lowest output in nearly two years. Mike Tomlin said they kept running because they didn't want to be one-dimensional against the Ravens. Instead, their offense was no-dimensional.

Receivers F

Roethlisberger couldn't get his wide receivers involved in the offense until it was too late. Antonio Brown had five of his seven catches and 76 of his 85 receiving yards in the fourth quarter, including a 23-yard TD. Eli Rogers wasn't even targeted for three quarters and finished with six catches for 103 yards. But it all came in the final 10 minutes after the Ravens had already built a 21-0 lead.

Offensive line F

Nobody can complain the Steelers gave up on the run too early. They attempted 18 runs for 32 yards, which was only slightly better than they managed in Philadelphia (29 yards) in Week 3. Bell had nowhere to go and his long run of 13 yards didn't come until the final two minutes. Center Maurkice Pouncey went out on two separate occasions because of a dislocated finger and didn't finish the game.

Defensive line B

The good news is the defense did not have the same problem stopping the run, and some of that had to do with the return of DE Cam Heyward. The Ravens rushed for 50 yards on 29 carries and the longest run was a 14-yard scramble by Joe Flacco. …

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