We’ve gushed about the Steelers run defense on multiple occasions, but it’s hard to praise them too much.
There were a lot of reasons the Steelers won on Saturday — several crucial Baltimore turnovers in the third quarter, the Steelers’ passing offense and the Ravens’ veteran receivers inability to catch the bal l– but you have to also throw in there the Steelers’ ability to erase the Ravens’ running game.
Ray Rice had a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But after that run, here’s a rundown of each and every Baltimore run over the remaining 46 minutes of the game.
|11 carries||15 yards|
It’s obvious why the Ravens largely gave up on their running game in the second half; it wasn’t working. Even when Baltimore should have been able to catch Pittsburgh looking for the pass — like second and 12, second and 15 and second and 17 — the Ravens failed to break off a decent run. Even with the 14-yard touchdown run, Baltimore ended up average a depressing 1.9 yards per carry (35 yards on 18 carries).
Whether the Steelers’ face the Patriots or Jets next week, they’ll likely face a team that is less willing to give up on the running game. But at the same time, the Steelers’ run defense is not really something we Steelers fans have to worry about.