Wednesday was a weird game. Forget about how we actually had an NFL game on a Wednesday afternoon, and focus on how unimpressive the game actually was. The Steelers were credited with five drops Wednesday. In all honesty, they should’ve been charged with eight.
There were dropped touchdowns and drops on key third downs. Trace McSorely, who had a Taysom Hill-like profile coming out of college, lit the Steelers up with a few minutes left in the game on a deep pass to Hollywood Brown.
For most of this game, we didn’t view the Ravens as much of a threat with Robert Griffin at quarterback. Even shortly before half, it seemed it was just a matter of time before Pittsburgh would pick up the pace and start scoring touchdowns.
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However, the Steelers drops just continued to kill drives and give the Ravens life as the game wore on. Following an easy drop late, the Ravens struck hard with a bomb from McSorely to Brown, but the Steelers escaped defeat by running out the clock the following drive.
Overall, it was a very depressing effort from the Steelers. The Ravens were missing 19 players and the NFL MVP and yet still kept this game close. Scheduling and opponent timing has been key this season for the Steelers and their perfect record, but they’re really going to have to get some issues worked out if they expect to do anything in the playoffs against better opponents.
Steelers vs Washington Football Team preview
The Washington Football Team is coming off their biggest win of the season. Over Thanksgiving, Washington throttled the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas, thanks to a massive game from Antonio Gibson. Washington is a team whose strengths lay around the line of scrimmage. Washington has four of six front line defenders graded above 74 by Pro Football Focus.
The reason I say six instead of the front seven, is that the Steelers run 11 personnel most of the time. Therefore, Washington matches up well against the Steelers. The only Steeler receiver who has a good matchup in this game is Juju. Washington’s slot cornerback has a coverage grade of just 55.7. Say what you will about PFF’s grading, but there’s a lot of truth reflecting the grades. You can’t just toss them out the window because you think you’ve absorbed more in the moments you’ve watched.
The Steelers have been much more predictable offensively over the past month or so. No longer are they running the play-action/balanced offensive schemes we see from many other teams in the league. The Steelers have been much more similar to the Steelers of a few seasons ago.
Ben Roethlisberger is getting the ball out quickly, and the Steelers are relying on their superior receiving corps to drive opposing defenses mad. When the defense adjusts, the Steelers go deep. Whether it’s a double move or just a go route, Ben is drawing the corners and safeties in and burning them. The run game wasn’t having the success they needed to distance themselves in games, so the old strategy of quick passes has been their bread and butter lately.
Week 13 prediction
We were pretty close on the Steelers game last week, predicting a slim cover by the Ravens. The line moved and the date moved and because of it, we didn’t count it in our weekly predictions article.
This week, I expect the game to be closer than people may think. I like for Washington to keep the game within striking range throughout. I think the Steelers should come out on top but be prepared for this game to be more of a slog, similar to a week ago.
Washington will be coming off a long, ten-day break, while Pittsburgh will be coming off just three full days of rest. I think Washington will catch Pittsburgh off guard and their run game will be more effective than most people expect.
I anticipate the game being a big defensive struggle in the first half, with the game opening up a little more in the third quarter and into the fourth. I like the Steelers to win but for Washington to cover.