The Ravens have a losing record and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, so coach John Harbaugh now finds himself fielding questions about job security as he tries to bring Baltimore back into contention. "It's Baltimore. Pick one, or all of the above", Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. Coming off a 36-21 loss at Carolina, Baltimore can jump into contention with its first sweep of the Steelers since 2015.
"I've never been someone who's anxious about keeping a job", he said.
"I'm just doing what I love to do", Conner said. Smith said he had a copy of the Panthers' playbook because it was given to him by another player who was cut a couple years before he was released by the team.
The Steelers (5-2-1) look ready for anything. The expectation is all of Baltimore's injured players will be recovered by next week, when they play an important game against the Cincinnati Bengals. But the Ravens have experienced past success against the Steelers in Baltimore. "It's great to get an AFC North road victory under those circumstances". Probably not. We're probably a step off just because it's Week 9. Steelers RB James Conner has 599 yards rushing with nine TDs, including 146 yards, 2 TDs last week vs Cleveland.
Time may be running out for Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns. Conner also caught a 7-yard touchdown pass. Starting offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and James Hurst (back) were sidelined, and linebacker C.J. Mosley was playing on an injured thigh. These two teams are both playing ridiculously different than they were in Week 4 though so I am giving the advantage to Pittsburgh.
Jeff Zrebiec, the Ravens writer for The Athletic, called this weekend's matchup one of the biggest regular-season games of the Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era.
When asked whether the team has to make a few changes to create a spark, Flacco replied: "No I don't". "Offensively, we're a team that likes to spread it out...use the pass to open up the run".
Not passing this time: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger punted in the first quarter against Baltimore.
Brown, who leads the league this season with eight touchdowns, has never had a 100-yard game against the Ravens in Baltimore.
"He was late, and we wanted to be focused with the guys who were wired-in appropriately where they needed to be in the hours leading up to kickoff", Tomlin said. We know if we take care of our business, things will work out for themselves. "Teams use it for that objective, and we're going to get a chance to do that this week, too".