Gridiron Report: Steelers Fall Short to Ravens in Rivalry Game

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers came up just short as they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 16-14.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett left the game early with a potential concussion which left the quarterback duties up to back up Mitch Trubisky.

Trubisky had his ups and downs as he made some stellar throws but also made some questionable decisions.

Trubisky’s mistakes may have cost the Steelers the game as his three interceptions screeched the Pittsburgh offense to a halt. On multiple occasions, Trubisky was unaware as he failed to see a Baltimore defender before throwing the ball which led to interceptions.

While it’s easy to say Trubisky was the reason the Steelers lost, he wasn’t the only player having a bad game. The Steelers’ defense was helpless against the run as the Ravens totaled 215 yards on the ground. 

Pittsburgh’s defense struggled despite the Ravens ending the game with their third string quarterback on the field. 

First stringer Lamar Jackson was ruled out before the game began with a knee injury, while their back up Tyler Huntley left the game with a potential concussion. This left undrafted rookie Anthony Brown as the Ravens quarterback for the majority of the second half.

It almost didn’t matter who was in at quarterback for Baltimore as they ran the ball at will. The Steelers linebackers consistently failed to get into the backfield while the defensive line was never able to hold anyone up. It was just a really disappointing showing from the Steelers’ defense as a whole.

The loss almost makes it all but certain that Mike Tomlin will record his first losing record as a head coach. In order to avoid this the Steelers would have to win their remaining four games. Though that’s possible, it’s hard to think anyone would put a bet on it.

The Steelers will look ahead to next week where they’ll be in Carolina to take on the struggling Panthers. The Panthers are 5-8 on the season after beating the Seattle Seahawks last week.

Despite the win, the Panthers have by far been one of the worst teams in the league. Pittsburgh will have a great opportunity to bounce back after this rough loss to their biggest rival. Though it will be interesting to see whether or not Kenny Pickett will be able to play in Carolina. If he’s unable to suit up, expect another rough game from Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers’ offense.