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Author: Jon Kuzma
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No NFL player has more 500 yard passing games than Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers’ quarterback threw for 506 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions in a win over Baltimore. It was the 3rd time Roethelisberger put up over 500 yards through the air and more importantly the Steelers got their 11th win of the season. Le’Veon Bell was also sensational for Pittsburgh’s offense he recorded 3 total touchdowns two rushing and one on the ground. Antonio Brown benefited greatly from Roethlisberger’s big day, Brown hauled 213 receiving yards and is making a case to be the first wide receiver who wins the Most Valuable Player award. Usually that accomplishment goes to a quarterback however Brown has 5 straight seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and winning MVP would be a great way to reward the Steelers wide out for his production on the field. Fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones got in on the scoring action too, he caught a 1 yard touchdown pass late in the game and helped propel Mike Tomlin’s ball club to a win. Joe Flacco played good throwing for 269 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception but the Ravens offense stalled out in the final quarter of play. One bright spot for the Ravens though was Running Back Alex Collins who finished the game with 120 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Chris Moore and Patrick Ricard both grabbed touchdowns in this contest but it’s clear Baltimore needs more receivers in order to be more explosive in the passing game. The Steelers defense was definitely missing Ryan Shazier but a couple players did step up. Sean Davis continues to play well in the Pittsburgh secondary he ended the night with 12 tackles and 1 interception. T.J Watt did his part in the win as well he recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. C.J Mosley led the Ravens D with 14 total tackles which is a pretty sharp performance. Tony Jefferson was also tough in this match up he chipped in 11 tackles and half a sack. The Steelers are better than they were at this time last season. In 2016 Pittsburgh was 8-5 by the end of week 14 and now they are 11-2. Those improvements that helped this team include significantly bolstering their defense with Sean Davis and Artie Burns. Getting Cameron Heyward back from an injury that sidelined him in 2016 has been another huge uplift for the Steel City. On the offensive side of the ball the Steelers added another gear when Martavis Bryant returned from a suspension. Ju-Ju Smith Schuster didn’t play against the Ravens but he has been a big piece of the winning puzzle as well. Nobody in the postseason wants to play the Pittsburgh Steelers right now this team has too many weapons and they always find a way to win.
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