Ravens back in First Place After Crucial Win Over Pittsburgh

By Jordan Johnson,

Heading into Week 9 the Baltimore Ravens were sitting at a dismal 3-4 record with a struggling offense and boat-loads of injuries. Things did not look bright in Charm City until Sunday where Baltimore pulled of a 21-14 win over the rival Steelers.

With the win the Ravens improve to 4-4 and now sit atop the AFC North. The win was not pretty however as the offense struggled and their only score was a 95 yard Touchdown strike from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace during the 2nd quarter. Flacco  was 18/30 with 241 yards a TD and an INT. They could not really run the ball either as starting running back Terrance West only totaled 21 yards on 15 carries and backup Kenneth Dixon only had 13 yards on 9 carries. If the Ravens want to assert themselves as serious Super Bowl contenders,these numbers must improve.

i-1Ravens WR  Mike Wallace speaks with a reporter after Sunday’s win. Photo courtesy of eson.com

The Bigger story was the fact that Pittsburgh’s offense was also struggling to get things going. Ben Roethlisberger who was coming back from his first game since having knee surgery back in October, struggled only going 23/45 for 265 yards, he also added a passing TD and a rushing TD and threw 1 interception. Most of those yards came in the 4th quarter where Pittsburgh did score 14 unanswered points but still came up short of the Win.

After Pittsburgh scored their 2nd TD in the 4th quarter they attempted what was by most, one of the weirdest onside kicks in NFL History. On the kick he just flat out whiffed and the ball barely moved forward. This one will be talked about for years.

snapshot_20161106_152821Steelers kicker Chris Boswell attempts an onsides kick. Photo courtesy of buisnessinsider.com

Now, the Ravens will have a short week to prepare for the win less Cleveland Browns who will be coming into Charm City on Thursday night.


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