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Thinking 'Bout Thursday - Ravens vs Steelers

Two Thursday night football games down already and we've seen two blowouts. Based on the 5 most previous matchups between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, we figured it would be a close low scoring game. However the Ravens came out on top 26-6. Both teams are now 1-1.

Baltimore dominated this game on both sides of the ball. Their defense limited the Steelers to just 2 field goals, and forced 3 turnovers, whiling sacking Ben Roethlisberger twice.

Aside from all the Ray Rice drama, the Ravens run game looked explosive. The duo of Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett combined for 30 carries and 152 yards but failed to score a touchdown, despite a number of goal line carries.

Joe Flacco played a very good game, completing 21 of his 29 attempts for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Once again, Steve Smith Sr. who was the playmaker in the Ravens passing attack. He caught 6 balls for 71 yards and was targeted by Flacco 10 times. And once again, Torrey Smith was a non factor, catching just 1 ball for 10 yards on 3 targets.


If you own Dennis Pitta in fantasy leagues, then you probably were a little aggravated that Owen Daniels caught 5 balls for 28 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pitta finished with just 3 catches and 30 yards.

The Pittsburgh offense looked promising on the opening drive that killed about 7 minutes, before Justin Brown fumbled and all the momentum shifted to the Ravens.

Ben Roethlisberger struggled as he went 22-37 for 217 yards and an interception. He failed to throw a touchdown.

Pittsburgh did not get the ball to Le'Veon Bell enough as he only saw 11 carries and rushed for 59 yards. He did catch 5 balls for 48 yards, so once again he was over the 100 yard mark.

Antonio Brown was taken to the locker room after the first drive with a possible concussion, but he returned to the game shortly after. Brown would go on to lead the Steelers with 7 catches and 90 yards on 12 targets. He also added 10 yards on 2 carries.

Markus Wheaton caught 5 balls for 38 yards and he also ran the ball twice for 22 yards.

Tight end Heath Miller caught 4 balls for 35 yards, but he lost a fumble.

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