- Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys just keep on rolling. Not even a fake-spike special from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could derail
While Terrance West has been the
Ravens' clear starting running back, rookieIt certainly appears that this Ravens team is intent on adding to the defensive legacy that has contributed so mightily to the success of the franchise over the past two decades.At long last, they popped some runs, turned some short passes into big gains, converted third downs and finished a few drives in the end zone. And when their streak of 17 consecutive offensive possessions without a touchdown was over and they finally built some momentum, the Ravens celebrated.Peter Schmuck, columnist: Of course, any win is a good win in the NFL, but the Ravens looked better against the Steelers than they did against the now 0-10The Ravens had gone 17 possessions without an offensive touchdown, a span of more than 77 minutes in football time that felt far longer to the fans who booedThe Ravens offense has struggled despite the fact that it really hasn't gone against a top-notch defense. The Ravens won't again tonight.It was an ugly game, but we saw glimpses of the Ravens' old punishing defense and an opportunistic special teams. And the Steelers couldn't handle it.Mark Selig, Ravens editor: This was a defiant win in the ugliest, most Ravenish way. The offenses were lousy (aside from one play), the defenses were firm, theThe Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry might not be the same. The personalities in the rivalry are different, and too often has been the quality of play. ButThe Ravens have won five of the past six meetings with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the past three in Baltimore. But three of those six games have been decided by three points or fewer, and the average point differential in the past 10 meetings is 7.3. Still, the Ravens are 7-3 in the month of November against the Steelers.The Ravens, who beat the Steelers just twice in eight games during John Harbaugh's first three seasons, now have topped Pittsburgh for three of their past nine total wins dating to the 2014 playoffs.As much as the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers pride themselves on stingy defenses, physical play and AFC North titles, they do differ on how to develop wide receivers.
The decision seems like an obvious one.
Jimmy Smithis the RavensThrough eight weeks, the AFC North, which has been one of the top divisions in the sport, has the same number of winning teams (Pittsburgh) as it does winless ones (Cleveland).
Ravens' troubles on offense are many, and the potential remedies are varied. As far as quarterbackMark Selig, Ravens editor: This loss leaves little ambiguity about where the season is headed. The Ravens, now losers of four straight following threeCoach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco both said they expect Flacco to play Sunday, but I think they will be cautious with him -- and they should be.