What felt like an ugly blowout loss at home ended with an embarrassing close-game failure. Ultimately, Baltimore choked on both offense and defense and find themselves 4-5 and on a three-game losing streak.
Mark Andrews — The tight end was the Ravens biggest producer on offense today. If not for a better pass. He hauled in big-time catches and did everything he could to keep the chains moving.
Justin Tucker — Completed every kick and provided points when needed. Nothing more could be asked of Tucker.
Willie Snead IV — Nearly perfect in catches and provided the most yards through the air. Snead’s been a great target all season for Joe Flacco.
Sam Koch — A solid set of punts and one pinned inside the 20. Good work by Sam.
Jimmy Smith — Two goal line passes swatted. That’s enough to make it into this column in my books. Yes, the third-down completion to Antonio Brown hurt, but a rub-route put him further out of position. Maybe a zone play could have helped when all game they lost to man coverage by getting bullied with pick plays?
C.J. Mosley — Dropped interceptions and incapable of covering. I don’t know of a linebacker capable of covering Juju Smith-Schuster, so I can’t knock Mosley for that, but he can’t cover anybody on the Steelers’ offense.
Eric Weddle — Josh Dobbs comes in and completes a 23-yard pass on 2nd & 20 from his own endzone. What the hell was that.
Run defense — James Conner produced over 100 yards rushing. There are far too many players on this defense being paid to stop the run. They weren’t around today.
Pass rush — Another absolute dud from the defensive attack. Baltimore’s surplus of pass rushers are obsolete against any decent offensive line.
Third-down defense — This “number one defense” is gone. They’re over. The Steelers completed 10 of 15 third-down conversions. Can’t win when you never get off the field.
Don Martindale — A single sack. No takeaways. What happened to the aggressive team with a knack for creating a positive turnover differential? The unique concepts to keep their opponents guessing? The successful goal line stands?
Joe Flacco — Misses Lamar Jackson for an easy touchdown. Can’t deliver a better pass to Mark Andrews in the endzone. Two critical plays to flip this game into a possible W.
Jermaine Eluemunor — Ravens finally started rolling with little time left in the second quarter. He proceeded to jump before the snap and then hold a defender the next play.
Alex Lewis — The chances of coming back were incredibly small but he still had a false start.
John Harbaugh — Three-game losing streak and Cincinnati to play after the bye. Some are speculating he’s on the hot seat. I would agree.
Internal pressure is mounting for #Ravens coach John Harbaugh as he faces a critical game vs the #Steelers. My story: https://t.co/sA4EQKpb3n— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2018