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Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Recap DEC 2TH 2020
Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey caused and recovered a Juju Smith-Schuster fumble, setting up Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal in overtime Sunday that gave the visiting Ravens a 26-23 win in Pittsburgh.
The game was marred by a concussion to Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, who has been playing after Ben Roethlisberger had elbow surgery. He was knocked unconscious at 7:26 of the third quarter.
Rudolph scrambled to his left to complete a pass to James Washington, and was sandwiched by Baltimore's Brandon Carr from behind and Earl Thomas -- who hit Rudolph high and got a penalty for roughing the passer.
Rudolph walked off the field with assistance and eventually was transported to a hospital.
Rudolph completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, to Smith-Schuster. He was replaced by Devlin Hodges, who was 7 of 9 for 68 yards in his NFL debut. James Conner rushed for a touchdown.
Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was 19 of 28 for 161 yards with one touchdown. He was intercepted three times and sacked five times. Mark Ingram II ran for a touchdown.
Baltimore safety Tony Jefferson was taken off the field on a cart because of an apparent left knee injury in the fourth quarter.
Tucker gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead with a 27-yard field goal at 7:21 of the first quarter.
Baltimore got the ball right back when Pittsburgh's Jaylen Samuels, out of the wildcat, was intercepted by Josh Bynes. Ingram bulled 4 yards into the end zone to make it 10-0.
Rudolph hit Smith-Schuster for a 35-yard touchdown to cut it to 10-7 with 2:41 to play in the first quarter.
Baltimore then moved 75 yards in 13 plays, culminating with Jackson's 11-yard scoring pass to Marquise Brown for a 17-7 lead.
Chris Boswell's 41-yard field goal drew Pittsburgh to within 17-10.
After Mike Hilton intercepted Jackson, Boswell added a 29-yarder as the first half ended to close it to 17-13.
Hodges completed the third-quarter drive after Rudolph got hurt, with Conner running 1 yard up the middle for a 20-17 Pittsburgh lead.
Tucker tied it on a 26-yard field goal, but Boswell put Pittsburgh back on top 23-20 with a 33-yarder with 2:37 remaining.
Tucker answered from 48 yards out with 10 seconds left to send it to overtime.
--Field Level Media
The matchup typically circled on the calendar as AFC North heavyweight showdown between rivals on Thanksgiving night has all the fixings for high drama -- if the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens make it to game night.
There is some doubt at midweek whether there will be football at Heinz Field, with the undefeated Steelers looking to sweep the season series and climb to 11-0 entering December.
But Ravens feature running back J.K. Dobbins and backup running back Mark Ingram are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, and defensive tackle Brandon Williams is on the list because of contact tracing during an outbreak that apparently is still surging throughout the organization. All three players are ineligible for Thursday's game, and more trouble is looming with contact tracing and daily testing that could push Baltimore over the threshold for fielding a competitive team.
However, the NFL is pushing to make sure the game goes off as scheduled.
"It's a crazy kind of time that we're living in," Baltimore tight end Mark Andrews said. "It kind of goes with this year."
The Ravens, also recovering from a gut-punch loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, did not practice Tuesday and planned to hold all activities virtually leading up to the game.
The Steelers are neither feeling sorry for Baltimore nor expecting an advantage.
"This is just an unusual year when it comes to everything we have to do and everyone has to do," Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "What are you going to do? You just have to do what they tell you and go play ball."
Because of the short week, Roethlisberger didn't expect to throw in practice. The Steelers listed him as limited Tuesday because of a quadriceps issue. He believes there is plenty of juice to the rivalry regardless of odd circumstances.
"It's AFC North. Primetime. Thanksgiving," he said. "It's got all of the makings for a Steelers-Ravens matchup. It doesn't matter who's hurt, who's winning, who's losing."
For the Steelers (10-0), the game is a chance to take another step toward a potential perfect season and solidify their hold on the division lead. For Baltimore (6-4), it is a shot at spoiling Pittsburgh's path toward perfection and getting back into the conversation for a division title.
Baltimore is one of nine AFC teams entering Thursday with six or more victories. The playoffs are no guarantee.
The Ravens dropped behind Cleveland into third place in the division Sunday as they blew a 10-point lead and fell 30-24 to Tennessee, while the Browns beat Philadelphia. Baltimore trails the Steelers by four games with six to play.
In the teams' first meeting in Week 8, Pittsburgh pulled out a 28-24 win with Roethlisberger's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Chase Claypool in Baltimore.
Dobbins rushed for a season-best 113 yards. Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 208 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Ravens are down to Gus Edwards (376 yards, three touchdowns, 4.4 yards a carry this year) and Justice Hill as their running backs for Thursday. Hill has played primarily on special teams and has no carries this year.
"You look at Gus and Justice, those two guys are incredible athletes, incredible players, and they're going to do their job just fine and hold that torch and do their thing," Andrews said. "There's no worries there."
Coach Jim Harbaugh also downplayed the absences.
"The run game is a group effort," he said. "I'm sure we'll run the ball on Thursday night."
Not if the Steelers can help it.
"It's not like we are laying off the gas pedal by any stretch," Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt said.
While Baltimore had players being added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, Pittsburgh activated tight end Vance McDonald from that list.
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot), who apparently got hurt stepping on a penalty flag late in Sunday's 27-3 win in Jacksonville, and defensive lineman Cam Heyward (ankle) were limited in practice Tuesday.
The Steelers win a close game at home, but the best bet is the Ravens point spread.
--Field Level Media
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|Miles Boykin||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Bradley Bozeman||primary: Left Guard||Starter|
|Orlando Brown Jr.||primary: Left Tackle||Starter|
|Marquise Brown||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Chuck Clark||primary: Strong Safety||Starter|
|Gus Edwards||primary: Runningback||Starter|
|DeShon Elliott||primary: Free Safety||Starter|
|Justin Ellis||primary: Nose Tackle||Starter|
|Jaylon Ferguson||primary: Outside Linebacker||Starter|
|L.J. Fort||primary: Weak Linebacker||Starter|
|Robert Griffin III||primary: Quarterback||Starter|
|Marlon Humphrey||primary: Right Cornerback||Starter|
|Marcus Peters||primary: Left Cornerback||Starter|
|Ben Powers||primary: Right Guard||Starter|
|Jimmy Smith||primary: Cornerback||Starter|
|Derek Wolfe||primary: Defensive End||Starter|
|Patrick Queen||primary: Middle Linebacker||Starter|
|Devin Duvernay||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Trystan Colon-Castillo||primary: Center||Starter|
|D.J. Fluker||primary: Right Tackle||Starter|
|Yannick Ngakoue||primary: Outside Linebacker||Starter|
|Eric Tomlinson||primary: Tight End||Starter|
|Chris Board||primary: Inside Linebacker||Substitution|
|Tyus Bowser||primary: Outside Linebacker||Substitution|
|Justice Hill||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Sam Koch||primary: Punter||Substitution|
|Trace McSorley||primary: Quarterback||Substitution|
|Justin Tucker||primary: Kicker||Substitution|
|Aaron Adeoye||primary: Outside Linebacker||Substitution|
|Anthony Levine Sr.||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Nick Moore||primary: Long Snapper||Substitution|
|Malik Harrison||primary: Inside Linebacker||Substitution|
|Tyre Phillips||primary: Guard||Substitution|
|Ben Bredeson||primary: Guard||Substitution|
|Broderick Washington||primary: Defensive Tackle||Substitution|
|James Proche II||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Chauncey Rivers||primary: Outside Linebacker||Substitution|
|Kristian Welch||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Aaron Crawford||primary: Defensive Tackle||Substitution|
|Jordan Richards||primary: Safety||Substitution|
|Sean Culkin||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Dez Bryant||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Tramon Williams||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Luke Willson||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Davontae Harris||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Brandon Williams||primary: Defensive Tackle||Not active|
|R.J. Prince||primary: Guard||Did not play|
|Tyler Huntley||primary: Quarterback||Did not play|
|Ty'Son Williams||primary: Runningback||Did not play|
|Jake Rodgers||primary: Offensive Tackle||Not active|
|Tyson Alualu||primary: Nose Tackle||Starter|
|David DeCastro||primary: Right Guard||Starter|
|Bud Dupree||primary: Right Outside Linebacker||Starter|
|Terrell Edmunds||primary: Strong Safety||Starter|
|Matt Feiler||primary: Left Guard||Starter|
|Minkah Fitzpatrick||primary: Free Safety||Starter|
|Joe Haden||primary: Left Cornerback||Starter|
|J.C. Hassenauer||primary: Center||Starter|
|Cameron Heyward||primary: Defensive Tackle||Starter|
|Mike Hilton||primary: Cornerback||Starter|
|Diontae Johnson||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Vance McDonald||primary: Tight End||Starter|
|Steven Nelson||primary: Right Cornerback||Starter|
|Chukwuma Okorafor||primary: Right Tackle||Starter|
|Ben Roethlisberger||primary: Quarterback||Starter|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Benny Snell Jr.||primary: Runningback||Starter|
|Robert Spillane||primary: Left Inside Linebacker||Starter|
|Alejandro Villanueva||primary: Left Tackle||Starter|
|T.J. Watt||primary: Left Outside Linebacker||Starter|
|Vince Williams||primary: Right Inside Linebacker||Starter|
|Ray-Ray McCloud||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Olasunkanmi Adeniyi||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Marcus Allen||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Chris Boswell||primary: Kicker||Substitution|
|Isaiah Buggs||primary: Defensive End||Substitution|
|Kameron Canaday||primary: Long Snapper||Substitution|
|Justin Layne||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Cameron Sutton||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|James Washington||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Henry Mondeaux||primary: Defensive Tackle||Substitution|
|Derwin Gray||primary: Offensive Tackle||Substitution|
|Jordan Dangerfield||primary: Safety||Substitution|
|Derek Watt||primary: Fullback||Substitution|
|Chris Wormley||primary: Nose Tackle||Substitution|
|Eric Ebron||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Chase Claypool||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Alex Highsmith||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Anthony McFarland Jr.||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Kevin Dotson||primary: Offensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Carlos Davis||primary: Defensive Tackle||Substitution|
|James Pierre||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Sean Davis||primary: Safety||Substitution|
|Wendell Smallwood||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Jordan Berry||primary: Punter||Substitution|
|Avery Williamson||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Mason Rudolph||primary: Quarterback||Did not play|
|Jaylen Samuels||primary: Runningback||Not active|
|Kevin Rader||primary: Tight End||Not active|
|Anthony Coyle||primary: Offensive Tackle||Did not play|
|Antoine Brooks Jr.||primary: Defensive Back||Not active|
|Joshua Dobbs||primary: Quarterback||Not active|
|Jayrone Elliott||primary: Linebacker||Not active|
- Match Start
- Period 1
- MIN 2
- 1 Yards
- Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
- Rusher: Gus Edwards
- MIN 6
- Interception Return
- 14 Yards
- Interception Returner: Joe Haden
- Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
- Period 2
- MIN 4
- Field Goal
- 27 Yards
- FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
- MIN 11
- Field Goal
- 25 Yards
- FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
- Period 4
- MIN 2
- 70 Yards
- Passer: Trace McSorley
- Pass Receiver: Marquise Brown
- Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
- MIN 13
- 1 Yards
- Pass Receiver: JuJu Smith-Schuster
- Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
- Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
- Match End
- @Buffalo L 3 - 17
- @Tennessee W 20 - 13
- @Cincinnati W 38 - 3
- N.Y. Giants W 13 - 27
- Jacksonville W 14 - 40
- @Cleveland W 47 - 42
- Dallas W 17 - 34
- @Pittsburgh L 14 - 19
- Tennessee L 30 - 24
- @New England L 17 - 23
- Cleveland L 48 - 37
- @Cleveland L 22 - 24
- Indianapolis W 24 - 28
- @Cincinnati L 17 - 27
- @Buffalo L 15 - 26
- Washington L 23 - 17
- Baltimore W 14 - 19
- @Jacksonville W 27 - 3
- Cincinnati W 10 - 36
- @Dallas W 24 - 19
- Ravens @ Steelers 14-19
- Steelers @ Ravens 28-24
- Steelers @ Ravens 10-28
- Ravens @ Steelers 26-23
- Steelers @ Ravens 23-16
- Ravens @ Steelers 26-14
- Ravens @ Steelers 38-39
- Steelers @ Ravens 26-9
- Ravens @ Steelers 27-31
- Steelers @ Ravens 14-21
American Football Conference
|New England Patriots||7||9||0||.438||6.0||0.0||0.0||5-3||2-6||5-0-5|
|New York Jets||2||14||0||.125||11.0||0.0||0.0||1-7||1-7||2-0-8|
|Kansas City Chiefs||14||2||0||.875||0.0||0.0||0.0||6-2||8-0||9-0-1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||8||8||0||.500||6.0||0.0||0.0||2-6||6-2||5-0-5|
|Los Angeles Chargers||7||9||0||.438||7.0||0.0||0.0||4-4||3-5||5-0-5|
National Football Conference
|Washington Football Team||7||9||0||.438||0.0||0.0||0.0||3-5||4-4||6-0-4|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||1.0||0.0||0.0||3-5||3-5||5-0-5|
|Green Bay Packers||13||3||0||.813||0.0||0.0||0.0||7-1||6-2||8-0-2|
|New Orleans Saints||12||4||0||.750||0.0||0.0||0.0||6-2||6-2||8-0-2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||5||0||.688||1.0||0.0||0.0||5-3||6-2||7-0-3|
|Los Angeles Rams||10||6||0||.625||2.0||0.0||0.0||6-2||4-4||6-0-4|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||10||0||.375||6.0||0.0||0.0||1-7||5-3||3-0-7|
- TrendUnder is 3-0-1 in Steelers last 4 games as a favorite.Hit %100.00% (4)O/U0|3Push1W/L
- TrendUnder is 16-5 in Steelers last 21 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.Hit %76.20% (21)O/U5|16Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 7-1 in Steelers last 8 games as a home underdog.Hit %87.50% (8)O/U1|7Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 20-7-1 in Steelers last 28 games as an underdog.Hit %74.10% (28)O/U7|20Push1W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Ravens last 5 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U5|16Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 6-1 in Ravens last 7 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0.Hit %85.70% (7)O/U6|1Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-2 in Ravens last 7 games as a road underdog.Hit %71.40% (7)O/U2|5Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 8-2 in Ravens last 10 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.Hit %80.00% (10)O/U15|5Push1W/L
- TrendOver is 14-6-2 in the last 22 meetings in Pittsburgh.Hit %70.00% (22)O/U14|6Push2W/L
- TrendRavens are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh.Hit %80.00% (6)O/UPush1W/L4|1
- TrendUnderdog is 19-7-3 ATS in their last 29 meetings.Hit %73.10% (29)O/UPush3W/L7|19
- TrendRoad team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.Hit %75.00% (8)O/UPush0W/L2|6