Of course everybody is going to talk about this play. But it was so important! After Ben Roethlisberger gets the wind knocked out of him, Josh Dobbs comes in with 12:39 left in the game on 2nd & 20 on his own 5 yard line and throws a 22 yards strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster. It was a key play on a scoring drive. I think just about everyone watching this game assumed it was going to be a run or a short pass. But Dobbs stood poised in the pocket and fired the ball into a tight window. What a great first NFL regular-season completion!
The Steelers converted 10 third downs in Baltimore on Sunday. Ten. In Week 4, the Steelers only had two third-down conversions against the Ravens. Additionally, the Steelers held Baltimore to 4/12 on third down. To top it all off, the Steelers converted their only fourth-down attempt of the game.
The Steelers dominated time of possession against the Ravens. While possessing the ball 36:29 to the Ravens 23:31, the Steelers held the ball for almost an entire quarter more than Baltimore. This nearly 13-minute advantage was huge for keeping the Steelers defense off of the field and rested.
The Ryan Switzer kick-return of 31 yards to set up the Steelers’ first touchdown drive at the 39 yard line was a big play in the game. The Steelers had just held the Ravens to a field goal inside the red zone. The added field position helped the Black-and-gold greatly in taking the lead for good.
Holding the lead at halftime has been very important for the Steelers when traveling to Baltimore. As I reported before the game, last season was the first time in more than 14 years where the Steelers held the lead at halftime in Baltimore. Both times, these leads have resulted in wins.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin reported no significant injuries coming out of the game on Sunday. It’s very rare for no players to be seriously banged up after playing Baltimore. With the next game being a quick turnaround on Thursday at home against the Panthers, not having significant injuries will greatly help in the preparation for Week 10.