The Baltimore Ravens were riding high on a four game win streak, a 15 game home winning streak and a 12 game AFC North winning streak, but third string quarterback Charlie Batch and the Pittsburgh Steelers brought them all to a halt with a 23-20 victory at M&T Bank Stadium this past Sunday.
Yesterday we recapped the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Steelers, but today we will dive deeper into the numbers to show just how Baltimore suffered the defeat. The defense had a great first half and terrible second half, while the offense played a good second quarter, while the other three were brutal. Let's dive into the specifics from Sunday's matchup for both the offense and defense.
Ravens offense in second quarter:
- Baltimore scored 13 of their 20 points in the second quarter and Joe Flacco threw 76 of his 188 passing yards and his lone touchdown.
- The Ravens scored 13 unanswered points after trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
- Of their 288 total yards for the game, 175 of them came from drives in or finishing in the second quarter.
Ravens offense the other three quarters:
- The offense only scored seven points and put up 113 total yards in the other three quarters.
- Flacco garnered just 102 passing yards outside of the second quarter.
- Flacco was completed two passes on six attempts and the offense accrued just 17 total yards in the fourth quarter.
Ravens defense in the first half:
- Baltimore held the Steelers to just 93 total yards and 6 points in the first half.
- The Ravens defense held four Steelers drives to seven or fewer yards.
- Pittsburgh's rushing offense was held under 100 yards for the entire game, so that stat is a good note for the entire game for the Ravens defense.
- Charlie Batch threw for just 57 yards and an interception.
Ravens defense in the second half:
- Pittsburgh scored 17 points and had 273 yards of total offense.
- Every Steelers drive went for 20 yards or more in the second half.
- The stout Ravens red zone defense that hadn't allowed a touchdown to an opponent in their last ten drives that went into the red zone, allowed two touchdowns in the second half.
- Baltimore's defense allowed Batch to throw for 219 yards and his lone touchdown.
It is safe to say that this game was the worst performance from the Ravens as a whole at home this season and the second worse overall (Houston). Baltimore has its hands full with their remaining four games as all of their opponents are .500 or better, and nothing is guaranteed regarding the playoffs. This Sunday the Baltimore defense will have its hands full in trying to stop RGIII and the Redskins offense, but the Ravens offense will need to rebound as they get to face one of the worst defenses in the league. There is no need to hit the panic button though as a lot would have to go wrong for Baltimore to lose the division, nonetheless miss the playoffs as they are still 9-3, but Ravens fans will want to see a bounce back game this Sunday vs the Washington Redskins in the battle of the Beltway.
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