When it was all said and done, the Ben Roethlisbergerless Steelers had all of the necessary ingredients to beat the Baltimore Ravens.
They just failed to mix them together.
Yes, there’s little doubt that with Roethlsiberger in the game, the Steelers come away with the win. Ben simply would have made some of those throws that Byron Leftwich misfired on.
But that wasn’t the determining factor of the game.
The Steelers had their chances against a Ravens squad that performed mediocre on offense — at best. But they couldn’t capitalize. The Steelers simply failed to put it together.
- The running game started slow but found its legs, but the Steelers needed 60 minutes of production from the running game
- The line struggled to protect Leftwich in the early going, but they too stepped up, but the Steelers needed 60 minutes of production from the line
Much can be said for other areas.
Leftwich himself must bear part of the burden. He turned over the ball, and had great difficulty moving the chains on third down.
No matter how you slice it, this game represents a huge missed opportunity for the Steelers.
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