Plenty of the key members of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry might be gone, but so far, it feels pretty much the same.
Low-scoring, big defensive plays. Gritty, hard-hitting, workmanlike.
After one half, the Steelers lead the Ravens 10-6 in a fairly even matchup. Pittsburgh is outgaining Baltimore 176-110 and has been fueled by the rushing game. The Steelers already have 82 yards on the ground through two quarters after entering the day averaging 61 per game.
Joe Flacco is 11-for-16 for 90 yards, no touchdowns and no picks while Ben Roethlisberger is 10-for-13 for 99 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens continue to struggle to run the ball with just 30 rushing yards so far. Ray Rice has run six times for 23 yards.
For the second straight week, an opposing defense is limiting Torrey Smith. The Ravens’ No. 1 wideout had just one catch for 12 yards against the Packers and has one catch for four yards so far today. If Baltimore can’t run the ball, it will certainly need to use its top receiving option more than that.
Justin Tucker’s two field goals make him 12-for-12 over the last five games. His second was set up by Daryl Smith’s forced fumble, which was recovered by Matt Elam.
Rookie defensive lineman Brandon Williams had the Ravens’ only sack in the first half, the first of his career.