The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 1 in Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season. Here are the highlights from the game.
Through the first two weeks of the season, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens appeared to be heading towards something special. They opened the season with two-straight wins, establishing the AFC North as a big-time division. However, they faltered a week ago with bad losses for each. That led them into their rivalry matchup against one another in Week 4.
With both teams reeling to a degree, it was a favorable start to the contest for Pittsburgh. They stopped the Ravens on their first drive, and then answered with a big 16-play drive that ended in a field goal. Their defense continued to step up big, coming up with two three-and-outs after that. After the second, another field goal pushed their lead to 6-0.
The Steelers defense continued to be the heroes on the ensuing drive. Alex Collins took the rock, but was hit by Casey Heyward, causing a fumble. The Steelers recovered and were able to get into the end zone and push their lead to 13-0 on the Le’Veon Bell rushing score. They kept pouring it on as they forced another three-and-out, and then scored again when Ben Roethlisberger capped off an eight-play drive with a touchdown toss to JuJu Smith-Schuster. For good measure, Baltimore missed a field goal going into the half.
However, the Ravens got some life on the first drive after the break. Big Ben threw a pick that Eric Weddle collected, leading to a field goal for the Flock. The Steelers then furthered the building momentum by missing a field goal, which led to a long Mike Williams touchdown, though the two-point conversion was no good.
That’s when the Steelers defense stepped back up and went to work. They held the Ravens to 16 yards on eight plays on their next drive, then picked off Joe Flaccon the next two times Baltimore got the ball. Off the second takeaway, Bell scored his second of the day.
Baltimore tried for one more drive, but after 15 plays, they turned the ball over on downs. Both teams had problems coming into this game, but it seems like the Steelers had answers while the Ravens are still searching.
Both the Steelers and Ravens needed to rebound in this game after the way they performed in Week 3. Having said that, they didn’t need those extra stakes. This is a rivalry game through and through, and that means it’s always going to be an entertaining show.