JV Game: Steelers defeat Ravens in lackluster performance

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens on a Wednesday afternoon. Yes, the NFL had a rare Wednesday game due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Steelers defeated the Ravens, 19-14, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was not pleased with his team’s performance.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster makes a touchdown reception against the Baltimore Ravens
JuJu Smith-Schuster makes a touchdown reception against the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by the Pittsburgh Steelers/Instagram)

“It was really junior varsity, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said after the Steelers’ 19-14 victory. “It was in all three phases. We couldn’t run the ball effectively when we needed to. We dropped too many significant passes, very catch able, make able passes. We didn’t make significant plays in the special-teams game. Our kickoff coverage unit wasn’t good enough. We turned the ball over. We gave up big plays in critical moments on defense. Can’t have it.”  

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With the win, the Steelers improved to 11-0 on the season. They remain the lone undefeated on the season.

Pittsburgh has five games left in hopes of potentially have a 16-game winning season.

The loss dropped the Ravens to 6-5. Baltimore has dropped three straight games.

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This game was due to played on Thanksgiving. However, due to an coronavirus outbreak within the Ravens, the game was switched several times before finally being played.

Baltimore has not won a game since they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-10 on November 8, 2020.

The Steelers lead the all-time series 30-24. This win snapped the Ravens two-game win streak in the series, both in 2019.

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 36 of 51 for 266 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Benny Snell Jr. had 16 carries for 60 yards. Eric Ebron had seven receptions for 54 yards.

“I don’t want to make excuses,” Roethlisberger said. “We just weren’t good enough at all [on Wednesday]. I need to be more accurate with my passes. I’ll take the heat for the drops and things that weren’t accurate.”

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Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley went 2 of 6 for 77 yards. He also threw his first NFL touchdown pass.

Robert Griffin III — who started in place of Lamar Jackson, who is dealing with the coronavirus — went 7 of 12 for 33 yards. He also threw an interception.

Griffin III had seven carries for 68 yards. Marquise Brown had four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster caught the Steelers lone touchdown reception. Joe Haden also scored an interception return for a touchdown.

“We played like the JV,” Smith-Schuster said. “You know, we played down to their level. They came out with a JV squad, and we were playing JV and we didn’t come out and execute and play the way we wanted to play. And as you could see, it was a close game, which shouldn’t have happened.”

Chris Boswell also made two field goals.

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Gus Edwards scored a rushing touchdown for the Ravens. Brown also caught a touchdown reception.

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