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Ravens vs Steelers final score: defensive report card

What a day for Raven defenders

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I, like most fans expected this to be a very un-enjoyable match-up. Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton all catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger and DeAngelo Williams taking the hand-offs? We're going to lose by 30. Antonio Brown will be shredding the coverage, and I wasn't exactly talking smack to the Pittsburgh fans. And now, a day later we as Ravens fans get to boast a 3 for 3 record in 2015 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Line: B

Tim Jernigan recording the only sack on the line, but the lackluster pass rush this season means this is amazing by itself. The big fella is consistently working hard to cause pressure. Brandon Williams was for the most part neutralized, but at the sacrifice of double teams for the Steelers, which allowed for other players finally getting action. DeAngelo Williams was an absolute stud at 5.9 yards per carry, but the Steelers abandoned the run for some reason.

Linebackers: D

100 yards rusher, two rushing touchdowns scored. Not good. A 101 yard penalty & 14 point swing.. NOT GOOD. Really puts the nail in the coffin for a bad linebacker day. Heath Miller also recording 49 yards through the air really puts in persective how the linebackers weren't doing both jobs of run-stopping, or pass covering. Two sacks and a Daryl Smith makes up some grading, but not impressed today by a usual strong and smart unit for the Baltimore Ravens.

Cornerback & Safety: A

Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Martavis Bryant totalling up for 108 receiving yards on the day. The second straight time that Antonio has played the Ravens, and not piled up 100 yards. Jimmy Smith, what a game, bravo sir. One interception, A damn near Ed Reed highlight reel play, and two tackles kept this squad on lockdown. Shareece Wright, whom was torched in his first game with Baltimore has completely reversed his role and played a stellar match-up against stiff competition. Hats off to both of these skilled cornerbacks.

Overall: B

The Ravens did absolutely well. Besides an absolutely embarrassing penalty, they were smart, efficient, and effectively stopped the Steelers high powered attack. Great job Baltimore Ravens.