So the Steelers won the game Monday night against a tough Ravens team, but they also lost something as well. Players. The game was a defensive struggle, as expected, but our defense won out. LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison both had tremendous outings, as well as the rest of the defense. Harrison is a beast and proved so on a play where he sacked Joe Flacco and forced a fumble, which Woodley picked up and ran in the end zone for a defensive TD!
The story of the evening was injuries, a lot of them. Andre Frazier was carted off the field after the opening kick-off. Rashard Mendenhall and Kendall Simmons were both also lost for the season after sustaining injuries as well. So the team pulled out a win last night, but it was hard fought.
Mendenhall looked good as he had 9 carries for 30 yards before leaving the field with a shoulder injury. Replaced by Carey Davis, who also left the field with an injury. In comes Mewelde Moore, who looked very good in catching the ball out of the backfield and scampering to set up the game winning field goal in overtime.
Moore said, “Coach Tomlin told me when I came here I’d be his minute man, that I had to be ready on a minute’s notice. Everything he said held true.” True to form Moore will obviously see more playing time with the 3 RBs in front of him all out with injuries. This is the NFL and on a short week to prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars, look for the Steelers to sign another back to the roster to add some depth.
Big Ben found Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-4. Roethlisberger was 14-of-24 for 191 yards and was sacked three times. Apparently screaming at his offense in the locker room during half-time to play better as a unit. It worked in the end as the team managed to put Jeff Reed in position to win the game with an overtime kick of 46 yards.
As Steeler fans we knew this game was going to be close and probably come down to a field goal to win, which it did. We just didnt think we would lose so many players as a result.
The Steelers now sit atop the AFC North with a 3-1 record, an upcoming game a Jacksonville and then a much needed bye week following that.