Monday, November 19, 2012
Upon Further Review: Steelers
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Pittsburgh Steelers' 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field:
There has been talk that Mike Adams was playing so well at right tackle that Marcus Gilbert may not get his starting job back when he's healthy. In the Sunday night loss to the Ravens, Adams looked like a rookie offensive lineman. He was beaten repeatedly by Paul Kruger in the pass rush.
But Adams wasn't alone in lapses in pass protection. According to ESPN Stats & Information, quarterback Byron Leftwich was under duress, sacked or hit while throwing on 14-of-43 (32.6 percent) dropbacks. Part of the problem was Leftwich's inability to break free of pressure and extend plays (well, after that 31-yard touchdown run).
This was unexpected results from the Ravens' pass rush. Sunday night was the highest percentage of dropbacks the Ravens were able to pressure a quarterback this season. They entered the week placing such pressure on opposing quarterbacks on 19.3 percent of their dropbacks, which ranked 24th in the league.
STAT THAT STICKS: 3 -- Pittsburgh's losses to the Ravens at Heinz Field since the start of the 2010 season. Over that same span, the Steelers are 16-2 against the rest of the NFL at home during the regular season.
OVERHEARD: “Every game here on out we can’t lose. We’ve hit four losses. We got to have that mentality.” Inside linebacker Larry Foote to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Steelers (6-4) head to Cleveland to play the Browns (2-8). Pittsburgh won at Cleveland, 13-9, in last season's finale.