Ravens 14, Steelers 3, 12:39, 2Q: Touchback, so the Ravens start from their own 25-yard line. On first down, Flacco has great protection and he finds Brown again, this one for a massive 71-yard gain. Edmunds was able to force him out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 13-yard line after getting beat on the play. Offsides of the Steelers, so it’s a 1st-and-5. Flacco finds Williams for the first down. They line up at the Pittsburgh 2-yard line, and they’ll try to run it in with three tries. Actually, scratch that, they only get one try, as the Steelers manage to force and recover a fumble! Wow! Pittsburgh ball.
Ravens 14, Steelers 3, 14:07, 2Q: Roethlisberger throws incomplete to start the second quarter. Then pick up 3 yards on a short run from Conner, and face a 3rd-and-7. Roethlisberger’s pass is incomplete to Smith-Schuster, so they bring on Boswell for the field goal. He makes it from 34 yards out to put Pittsburgh on the board.
Ravens 14, Steelers 0, END 1Q: Defensive holding on the Ravens to start. Conner picks up 2 yards on the ground, then Roethlisberger has Pittsburgh’s first big play of the game — a 38-yard completion to Smith-Schuster. Switzer picks up 8 yards and a first down on another pass from Roethlisberger. He then hits Switzer two more times, for 6 yards and 3 yards. It’s a 3rd-and-1, and the Steelers convert it with a Conner run. End of quarter one!
Ravens 14, Steelers 0, 4:33, 1Q: Down two scores, the Steelers take the field on their own 21-yard line. They immediately are backed up 10 yards by a Smith-Schuster holding penalty. The first-down pass goes incomplete, then Conner rushes for 2 yards. The short third-down pass goes for 1 yards, and the Steelers punt it away. Baltimore gets the ball at their own 42-yard line. They pick up a yard on a run, then a yard on a pass, but Flacco misses a wide open Crabtree on 3rd-and-8, so the Ravens quickly go three-and-out. The Steelers will have the ball at their own 15-yard line.
Ravens 14, Steelers 0, 8:03, 1Q: Steelers takeover from their own 25-yard line. McDonald picks up 6 yards, then a pass to Brown falls incomplete. On third down, Roethlisberger finds McDonald again, but he fumbles, and the ball is recovered by Jefferson! He runs it in for the touchdown, though it’s under review to see if he was down before running it back. They rule that he was, and take the points off the board. But it’s Baltimore’s ball at the Pittsburgh 31-yard line!
Flacco goes deep to MOore for 19 yards, then Jackson is in the game for an 8-yard run. Collins picks up a yard, bringing up a third down — and it’s another Flacco touchdown, this one to Collins for 3 yards! The extra point is good.
Ravens 7, Steelers 0, 10:45, 1Q: Touchback to start, and the Ravens will start from their own 25-yard line. Collins picks up 11 yards on the ground to start, then they have an early third down after short gains to Brown and Crabtree. Then Flacco finds Crabtree for the first down — there’s a penalty on the defense, and Baltimore declines. Collins gets another 6 yards, and on second down Flacco has all the time in the world, but nobody gets open so he settles for a 2-yard gain to Snead. On third down, Allen picks up 4 yards for the first down. Flacco then finds Brown for 33 yards and a touchdown to take an early lead! The extra point is good.
It’s been a weird season for Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Le’Veon Bell not paid, and therefore not around, the team has started out with a 1-1-1 record. That includes a tie against the Browns, a loss to the Chiefs, and a very close win over the Buccaneers in their last outing. Now they’ll play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football beginning at 8:20 p.m. ET (live streaming via FuboTV, NBC Sports).
The Ravens are 2-1, dominating both the Bills and Broncos, but losing to the rival Bengals on the road in Week 2. They have three road games in a row next — against the Steelers, Browns and Titans. Joe Flacco has been good for the Ravens through three games, a good sign given his shaky play in recent years. He’s completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 889 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday evening.
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
- TV: NBC
- Streaming: FuboTV, NBC Sports
- Odds: The Steelers opened as narrow 3-point favorites for the matchup
- Pittsburgh has had to play without some key starters, but the team might get all of David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, and Morgan Burnett for Sunday’s game against Baltimore.
- The Ravens, on the other hand, seem to getting more and more banged up. C.J. Mosley, Hayden Hurst, and Eric Weddle were among those who missed practice early in the week. Fortunately, they did return to practice, though there are still some notable names on the latest injury report.
- Ben Roethlisberger is coming off an excellent performance against the Bucs, and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 3.
- Penalties have been an issue across the entire league, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talked about them as they pertain to his team.
- As noted above, Flacco and the Ravens offense have occasionally been shaky … but they’re out to one of their most promising starts in years. You can also peep some of Baltimore Beatdown’s offensive film review from the team’s win over the Broncos.
Of the seven SB Nation experts picking Week 4 games, four of them are picking Baltimore, leaving three picking the Steelers. The coin flip landed on the Ravens, while the OddsShark computer is going with Pittsburgh.