Steelers vs. Ravens: 1 Winner and a myriad of Losers after the 26-14 loss to the Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens took part in a prime time affair at Heinz Field on Sunday night Youth Bud Dupree Jersey , and the Steelers presented their loyal fan base with another dud for the second loss at home for the regular season. The 26-14 loss was as inconsistent as ever, and there were some good, and bad, performances worthy of recognition.During the game, some perform well, while others fall short of the standard. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in. After the game, when the dust settles, we decipher who falls into which category. As always, feel free to comment on the list in the comment section below. Be part of the conversation!WinnersChris BoswellStat Line: 2/2 FGsChris Boswell at least got on the right track on Sunday night by making his two field goal attempts. His kicks were not of ridiculous length, but progress is progress.LosersBen Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown ConnectionStat Line: 5 receptions on 11 targets, 62 yards, 1 TDIt has been a long time since we have seen the Roethlisberger-Brown connection look this out of wack. We can all agree it was a bad game for Roethlisberger, but the tandem hasn’t been in cohesion since the start of the season. Yes, Brown missed all of the preseason due to a quadriceps injury, but after a quarter of the season the production needs to increase.3rd down OffenseStat Line: Steelers were 2-for-12Without looking up the minutia, the Steelers’ third down woes came in a variety of ways, but most of the failures seemed to come on manageable down and distances. Under Todd Haley, fans were used to seeing the team go deep on 3rd and 1, but the trend has continued under Randy Fichtner — except the team is converting even less than before. The play calling Cheap Antonio Brown Jersey , and sequences, are mind numbing. The Steelers losing the battle on third down is a direct cause to a lot of their frustrations as a team.3rd down DefenseStat Line: Ravens were 8-for-17The Steelers’ offense couldn’t convert a third down, and the defense couldn’t stop the Ravens on third down. On 17 conversions, the Ravens converted nearly half of them. You can talk personnel, injuries or coaching — but it just isn’t good enough. Flacco was sacked just twice, and was rarely under duress at any point during the game. The result to this inability to get off the field on third downs is a tired, and sloppy, defense.Rushing OffenseStat Line: 11 rushes, 19 yards, 1.7 yards per carryI can’t blame this stat line on the offensive line, but more on game planning. I know you were down 14-0 heading into the 2nd quarter, but after tying the game up 14-14 at halftime, the entire game plan moved away from the ground game. Becoming one dimensional plays right into the defense’s hands, especially one like the Ravens defense.Opening Half ScriptsStat Line: No first downs in opening series of games this seasonWhen the Steelers possessed the football for the first time in their first four games, they have failed to get a first down. Not a touchdown — a first down. 4 games, 4 three-and-outs to start the contest. Not a good look for Randy Fichtner’s new offense, and if Ben Roethlisberger is the one drawing up these scripts, it might be time to bring No. 7 back to earth and take some of the free lancing away from the quarterback. Terrell EdmundsStat Line: 7 total tackles, 4 solo Authentic Artie Burns Jersey , 1 fumble recoveryEdmunds did recover the fumble caused by Sean Davis which turned the tide in the second quarter, but otherwise didn’t have his best showing as a member of the black-and-gold. Edmunds was burned on more than one occasion, and flattened in the running game on others. The future might be bright for the rookie out of Virginia Tech, but Sunday night’s performance was rather bleak.Cameron Heyward and Stephon TuittStat Line: 9 total tackles, 6 solo, 0 QB hits, 0 sacksAnyone seen Heyward and Tuitt? This tandem, which was supposed to be one of the best in the league, has yet to do anything on the field of any significance. In fact, the entire defensive front as a unit has been MIA the first quarter of the season. If Keith Butler wants to get pressure with just three or four, Heyward and Tuitt have to be dominant, and they haven’t been as of late.Coaching StaffStat Line: This team is in a downward spiralHere we are again, with the coaching staff on the losers list. It seems as if it is every other week where the play on the field can somehow, someway, be directly linked to poor coaching. Whether this is in the game planning phase, teaching or just overall approach to their craft — the Steelers’ staff needs to be better. Period. If Le'Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn't let his teammates and coaches know.Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn't heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his standoff with the team around Pittsburgh's bye week, which begins after the Steelers face the Bengals on Oct. 14."I have not talked to Le'Veon and I really have no Le'Veon update ," Tomlin said. "It's the best approach for us to focus on the guys which are here and working ... we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Nothing has changed in that regard."Bell is in the midst of an extended absence as an act of self-preservation when he and the Steelers could not reach a long-term agreement after Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him in the spring.Technically he is not holding out because he has yet to sign his one-year deal, a decision that is costing him more than $850,000 a week. Bell did not offer a specific date for his return, but if he comes in around Oct. 15 it would give him two weeks to show the coaching staff what he can do before the Steelers play Cleveland on Oct. 28.The two-time defending AFC North champions have slumped during Bell's self-imposed sabbatical. Pittsburgh is 1-2-1 a quarter of the way through the season thanks in large part to sluggish starts that have forced them to play from behind and abandon the running game. The Steelers ran for 19 yards on 11 carries in a loss to Baltimore on Sunday night.Several of Bell's teammates 鈥?particularly the offensive line 鈥?expressed frustration in early September when Bell opted not to rejoin the team in time for the opener, as he did in 2017. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes Bell gives Pittsburgh a much-needed jolt, but isn't exactly expecting Bell to show up and save the day, whenever that day actually arrives."If (Bell) can come back and help us and be ready to go, then we'll be ready to welcome him back," Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan. "A lot of things were said earlier in the year, but that's kind of in the past and we've moved on, and hopefully he's moving on in the sense of getting back and ready to be with us."Bell's actual physical readiness is unknown. During the summer of 2017 he flooded his social media accounts with video of draining workouts. He was merely OK in his first 2017 appearance but quickly took off after that, eventually leading the NFL in touches and piling up 1,946 total yards.Concerns over his usage rate in 2018 perhaps hurting his value on the open market in 2019 played a role in Bell's unprecedented move to remain away while the Steelers got off to their worst start since they dropped the first four games in 2013, his rookie season.That was also the last year Pittsburgh missed the playoffs. Though it's still too early to panic, the way the Steelers have been losing has drawn major red flags for Tomlin. The defense is 30th in the league in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed and the offense can't seem to get it going before finding itself in a hole. Pittsburgh has been outscored 42-6 in the first quarter this season."We've got to get out of the gate quicker," Tomin said. "You can't spot people points in the National Football League. We've got to do a better job of starting game on both sides of the ball."NOTES: The Steelers placed CB Nat Berhe on injured reserve with a torn pectoral and promoted CB Brian Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. ... WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) and ILB Vince Williams (hamstring) will be monitored this week and could play against Atlanta. ... CB Mike Hilton (right elbow) and S Morgan Burnett (groin), both of whom did not play against Baltimore, may be available to face the Falcons.

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