The Steelers flipped the script and broke Baltimore’s run defense.
Baltimore beat the Steelers with 215 rushing yards when the two teams met just three weeks ago. Steelers Mike Tomlin Head His coach probably burned tapes of him onto players’ heads that game and called for punchbacks.
This time, the Steelers racked up 198 rushing yards, holding Baltimore to 120.
Steelers running back Nagy Harris became the first player to run for 100 yards against the Ravens this season. It was against a Baltimore defense that entered the game, allowing just 87.5 rushing yards per game. This is the third best mark in the league.
The Ravens no doubt felt the absence of Curry Campbell, who missed two straight games with a knee injury. A 41-run onslaught, Harris’ physical style, and two consecutive fourth-quarter three-and-outs by the offense put them back on the field quickly.
It’s not the time to sound alarm bells for the Ravens’ run defense, but this was a gut check this squad will never forget. The locker room was as quiet and frustrating as it has been this season.
When asked to explain his feelings, linebacker Patrick Queen said he was “mad.”
“We were (expletive) in an uproar,” he added. “We weren’t playing good football. We weren’t communicating enough. We’re physical enough. We were just blown away.”