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Ravens ran them over...


BALTIMORE — It seemed im­pos­sible when the Steel­ers took the field at M&T Bank Sta­dium Sun­day af­ter­noon in the pour­ing rain to play the Bal­ti­more Ravens’ JV team.

There was no way their de­fense could play as badly as their tooth­less of­fense, right?


 But who saw the de­fense, which came in at full strength, play­ing so poorly against a Ravens of­fense that sat out a vir­tual all-star team? Tak­ing the day off to avoid the risk of in­jury be­fore they open the post-sea­son at home in two week­ends as the AFC’s top seed were NFL MVP fa­vor­ite Lamar Jack­son, sec­ond-lead­ing rusher Mark In­gram II, lead­ing re­ceiver Mark An­drews and Pro Bowl line­men Mar­shal Yanda and Ron­nie Stan­ley.

The Ravens still ran for 223 yards, av­er­aged 5.1 yards per rush and had a pos­ses­sion-time edge of 39:27-20:33. Their rush­ing yards were the most this sea­son, by far, against the Steel­ers, who were 2-7 when they al­lowed 99 or more rush­ing yards and 6-1 when they didn’t.

“It was an av­a­lanche,” Hey­ward said. “We didn’t tackle well, es­pe­cially me.”

“We couldn’t find a way to stop them,” Joe Haden said. .......https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2019/12/29/Ron-Cook-Steelers-Ravens-defense-Cam-Heyward-Joe-Haden-John-Harbaugh/stories/201912300059


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