The Steelers are coming off their first win of the season on Monday night over the currently winless Cincinnati Bengals, going to 1-3 on the season. Today is a pivotal game at home, however, against the Baltimore Ravens, who started out the season with two wins and then have dropped two in a row. With the Cleveland Browns facing the San Francisco 49ers, a lot of position-swinging can take place this week.
On the injury front, but JuJu Smith-Schuster and Vance McDonald are active. McDonald missed last week’s game with a shoulder injury, while Smith-Schuster reinjured his toe in that game. James Conner is also active. For the Ravens, Jimmy Smith is inactive, but returning is Brandon Williams. Matt Skura is also active.
The Steelers started the game with the ball, Johnny Holt on the return, where he was tackled at the 11. Mason Rudolph started with a short pass to Smith-Schuster for just two yards in the left flat. On second and eight, he was tackled for a loss on a sweep after Rudolph faked a pitch to Diontae Johnson. Now third and 16 after a false start, Rudolph hit McDonald short of the first for 11 yards to bring Jordan Berry on the field. Punting from his 16, it was fair caught at the 39, Tyler Matakevich making the tackle after just a two-yard return.
Lamar Jackson scrambled on first down for seven yards. Mark Ingram found a hole for a good 14-yard gain across midfield on second down. He was bottled up at the line on the following play. Now second down, Jackson avoided a sack by Stephon Tuitt for another scramble, this for two yards. On third and eight, from the 36, he quickly completed to Mark Andrews for nine. Following a neutral zone infraction, Jackson kept the ball for about 10, inside the 20.
T.J. Watt tackled Gus Edwards from behind for a two-yard gain. At the 10, Ingram was bottled up by Cameron Heyward and Devin Bush. Now third and seven, Cameron Sutton came up with the pass breakup in the end zone, making a fantastic play in front of Marquise Brown. Justin Tucker gave the Ravens the first points at 3-0.
The second drive was a disaster. Following a hold on the return backing them up, Jaylen Samuels threw out of the wildcat for an interception to Josh Bynes. Now Baltimore at the 15, Jackson immediately hit Andrews to the two; however, an illegal hands to the face penalty on Skura negated that play and backed them up to the 25. Jackson avoided another sack, and a hold on Mark Barron gave them an automatic first down. From the 11, Jackson kept it again for about seven.
At the four, Jackson kept it again but was forced to throw the ball away. Tuitt was flagged for roughing the passer, making it half the distance to the goal. Now at the two, Ingram was buried for a short loss. This time, Ingram kept it and scored, the Ravens up early 10-0.