Monday, November 7, 2011

Gut Check: Steelers vs Ravens Round 2 Recap

Ravens 23 Steelers 20


Swept by the Ravens this season. Awesome. Not really, I hate when the Steelers lose to the Ravens, especially when they just give the game away like they did last night. Take the lead, stop the Ravens, get the ball back and can't get a first down. Fine, pin the Ravens back deep, with just a little over 2 minutes, defense can't stop them and let them march down the field and score a touchdown to win the game.

Other than that I thought the Steelers played a solid game on offense and defense. The offensive line played really well, keeping Ben upright at least. That was a positive. The defense did alright, not nearly enough pressure on Flacco. That pressure is needed against any Quarterback in the NFL, no pressure on them and they'll look like the greatest QB in the world, even if they're not.

Enjoy it Ravens Fans, it doesn't happen often.

The Refs

This does not happen often. I do not like to complain about officiating. They do not determine the outcome of a game, the players and the execution of the plays do. However, I do have a problem with one of the plays last night that did not receive a flag, the hit Ray Lewis put on Hines Ward. Lewis leads with his helmet and makes contact. No flag, but Ryan Clark gets a flag for doing the same thing, and he should have, not saying that was wrong of the refs just saying you need to call it across the board not just when it suits the refs.

I know the NFL is concerned about concussions with the helmet to helmet hits, but the sometimes happens because of the angles players take. I feel as if both of those plays were results of that. Again, if you're going to call it on one and not the other that just doesn't sit right with me.


Sunday Night Football on NBC, Al Michaels and Chris Douchenworth. Double Puke.

Bonus Photoshop this week

Elisha Manning and the New York Giants drove down the field near the end of the game to take the lead and beat the New England Patriots. And what did Elisha Manning get for this, well take a look.

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