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Steelers Report Card: Grading the Steelers Week 8 win over the Ravens

Breaking down the success and failures of Pittsburgh’s Week 8 performance.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers came back to knock off the Baltimore Ravens 28-24 on Sunday. Facing a 10 point halftime deficit, and almost no hope. The Steelers battled back and improved their record to 7-0, and take a stranglehold atop the AFC North. In what was essentially the opposite of the Steelers game against the Titans, Week 8 proved the Steelers can win a game in many kind of ways.

Let’s evaluate the team and highlight some individual performances. You may think my grades are spot on, you might also think I'm an idiot... Regardless, express your thoughts in the comments below.

Let’s do this.

Offense

Grade: B-

The Baltimore Ravens defense is really good, and I mean REALLY good. They completely stone walled the Steelers in the first half. But after the Steelers spread them out in the second half the offense couldn't be stopped.

Nearly every receiver disappeared in the first half. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Eric Ebron exploded in the second and led the team to victory. Diontae Johnson battled injury throughout the game but came down with a timely reception to very nearly ice the game.

It wasn't a great day for Ben Roethlisberger, who scared the you know what out of everyone when he was seen getting his surgically repaired elbow massaged. But Ben was surgical on each of the Steelers scoring drives, and out dueled the leagues reigning MVP.

James Conner made a coupe nice plays too. But it wasn't a notable day for the running game. Where were the other backs? It now looks like a one gorse backfield in Pittsburgh.

Poll

What grade would you give the Steelers’ offense for Week 8?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    A
    (71 votes)
  • 52%
    B
    (896 votes)
  • 40%
    C
    (701 votes)
  • 2%
    D
    (41 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (7 votes)
1716 votes total Vote Now

Defense

Grade: B

Despite some egregious mistakes, and some blown coverages the Steelers defense played a great game against Lamar Jackson and company. They piled up sacks, forced turnovers and came away with the game winning play at the end of the game.

Robert Spillane looked to crack the game wide open when he returned an opening drive interception for a touchdown. The inside linebackers were pretty good in the game but were forced into some tough match ups that were exploited on a few occasions.

Isaiah Buggs was forced into action when Tyson Alualu went down with a knee injury and had a great second half. Tuitt was a monster all game, and Cameron Heyward made some plays before going down with an injury himself.

T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree were absolute beasts today, and Alex Highsmith played so well that the Steelers are finding a way to use three outside linebackers on any given snap.

Joe Haden was a finger tip away from an interception, and had the best game out of the defensive backs. Steven Nelson was burned a couple times, Terrell Edmunds kept Mark Andrews in check, and Minkah Fitzpatrick made a couple huge plays to win the game.

Poll

What grade would you give the Steelers’ defense for Week 8?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    A
    (241 votes)
  • 57%
    B
    (964 votes)
  • 25%
    C
    (420 votes)
  • 2%
    D
    (34 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (9 votes)
1668 votes total Vote Now

Special Teams

Grade: B

Meh, the Steelers didn't attempt any field goals, nearly every kickoff was a touch back, same goes for the kick return game (Ray-Ray McCloud did have a nice hurdle). The only thing noteworthy was Jordan Berry.

Berry went back to his usual inconsistent self and reminded Steelers nation that he isn't a reliable punter. He had a couple blasts and a couple ducks.

Not good enough.

The Steelers should consider another punter.

Poll

What grade would you give the Steelers’ special teams for Week 8?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    A
    (78 votes)
  • 50%
    B
    (737 votes)
  • 38%
    C
    (571 votes)
  • 5%
    D
    (75 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (13 votes)
1474 votes total Vote Now

Coaching

Grade: A-

Now if you think a A- is too high, hear me out. They shut down the leagues reigning MVP, and scored at will against the NFL’s number one scoring defense.

We knew the Ravens were going to make some plays, it was a inevitability. However the Steelers made more plays, and less mistakes than the Ravens and won the game.

Lets not forget John Harbaugh was 10-2 coming off of a Bye Week and Mike Tomlin was 5-7 against teams coming off of a Bye. Add on the game was played in Baltimore and the rain was falling all day. Chalk this one up as a great game for the coaching staff.

Poll

What grade would you give the Steelers’ coaching for Week 8?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    A
    (834 votes)
  • 37%
    B
    (562 votes)
  • 6%
    C
    (91 votes)
  • 0%
    D
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    F
    (16 votes)
1516 votes total Vote Now

Overall

Grade: B

The Pittsburgh Steelers had the deck stacked against them heading into this game, and were humbled in the first half. They stuck their hands in the dirt and pushed right back in the second. This was one of those comeback victories that will be talked about for years to come. Plus, winning this game separates the Steelers from the rest of the AFC North and really the entire AFC. Great team win, and a statement made in the face of adversity.

Poll

What overall grade would you give the Steelers’ Week 8 performance?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    A
    (323 votes)
  • 63%
    B
    (894 votes)
  • 12%
    C
    (179 votes)
  • 0%
    D
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (11 votes)
1418 votes total Vote Now

The Steelers will now turn their attention to the struggling Dallas Cowboys. In what will be the teams third consecutive road game. Will they be able to avoid the trap game and continue its undefeated start to the season? Keep your eyes locked on BTSC for the latest updates, breakdowns, and previews for the Steelers Week 9 match up with the Dallas Cowboys.