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Steelers Digest November 17, 2018

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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Curtis Publishing
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strong reversal vs. ravens

BALTIMORE – It came down to one pass the backup quarterback attempted and one pass the starting quarterback didn’t. Indeed, there was more to the Steelers’ 23-16 victory over the Ravens here — such as the defense forcing the NFL’s fourth-best red zone offense to settle for three red zone field goals, and James Conner becoming the only player in franchise history with at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in the first eight games of a season — but those two plays by those two quarterbacks highlighted the guts, savvy, and awareness necessary to pull off what Mike Tomlin’s team pulled off inside M&T Bank Stadium. Coming into the 1 p.m. scheduled bar brawl, the Steelers were winners of three straight while the Ravens had lost three of their…

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breaking down the victory at baltimore, including resiliency and the red zone defense

Tough environment today. Obviously, the Ravens were playing with a lot of resolve. It’s great to get an AFC North road victory under those circumstances. We weren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I just loved the spirit, the competitiveness of the group. And I am just very grateful to get out of here with a win. We don’t have a lot of time to absorb it. We have to quickly transition to Thursday night ball and embrace that challenge. So, real quickly, we’ll get ready to move forward. Not a lot of significant injuries to speak of. Everyone that got hurt at some point reentered the game. Ben (Roethlisberger) just got the wind knocked out of him. The other stuff was probably even less than that. We’re thankful…

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steelers 23 | ravens 16

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 1:25 p.m. — What Went Wrong: It actually started for the Steelers on a fourth-and-6 from the Ravens 38-yard line when they attempted to have Ben Roethlisberger pooch-punt, but his kick wasn’t great and Eric Weddle’s return gave Baltimore the ball at its own 29-yard line. From there, Joe Flacco directed a 10-play, 66-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal by Justin Tucker for a 3-0 lead with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter. The big play on the drive was a 30-yard completion to WR Chris Moore, who beat the coverage of Morgan Burnett. 1:34 p.m. — What Went Right: The Steelers responded to Baltimore’s field goal with a touchdown drive that covered 61 yards in nine plays and ended with a 5-yard…

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hilton leading the way in secondary

Willis McGahee walked past the visitors’ locker room after the Steelers beat the Ravens, 23-16, but he didn’t stop. McGahee didn’t acknowledge that he was once a big name, and a bigger target, in this illustrious rivalry. Nor did he have Ryan Clark sticking out of his chest. McGahee just kept on walking. Probably best, because the Steelers once again have a secondary that’s not only playing well, it’s beginning to play with a champion’s confidence. They’re being led by the smallest guy on the field, too. Hey, Mike Hilton, how about that Steelers secondary? “Well, we knew if we kept the top on the top …,” Hilton stopped. “That didn’t make any sense.” Hilton wanted to correct himself but instead he laughed. Winning is fun again. Who cares if the analysis doesn’t make sense? It…

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by the numbers - vs. baltimore

10 Touchdowns for James Conner on the season after his 7-yard TD catch, making him the first Steelers player to score 10 touchdowns in the first eight games of a season. 6 Career punts for Ben Roethlisberger after his 27-yard pooch against Baltimore. His last punt had come in 2014. 15 Ben Roethlisberger’s first TD pass of the game extended his NFL record for most consecutive seasons with at least 15 touchdown passes to begin a career to 15. Peyton Manning held the previous mark with 13. 118.8 Quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ passer rating after he had a 22-yard completion on his only attempt when Ben Roethlisberger left the game for one play. It’s the same rating safety Robert Golden had when he was 1-for-1 with a 44-yard completion off a fake punt last…

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ben roethlisberger

He completed 59.6 percent of his passes and didn’t turn the ball over. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third. And the best play he made was taking a sack that forced the Steelers to punt the ball back to the Ravens with a 23-16 lead and less than one minute left in the game. That’s because throwing the ball away would have stopped the clock, but taking the sack kept it ticking. Ben Roethlisberger completed 28 of 47 for 270 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 89.8. He also rushed twice for 4 yards and another touchdown. But more important than those numbers was the way Roethlisberger was in command of the game and made the right decisions at the right time.…