clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Winners and Losers from Steelers loss to Ravens in Week 2

There weren't many positives in a poorly played game which, not surprisingly, ended in a thorough defeat at the hands of AFC North rival Baltimore.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Winners

Le'Veon Bell - With only 11 carries (a lack of offensive plays hurt most of that) Bell managed to gain 59 yards and added another 38 yards on four catches, Bell is now at 294 yards from scrimmage through two games. That's little comfort, considering he failed to get into the end zone and was still part of a dismal offensive performance Thursday. But he backed up an excellent performance in Week 1 with a solid Week 2 on limited touches.

Ryan Shazier - Late in the fourth quarter, after a few minutes of garbage time, Shazier was tied with Lawrence Timmons for the team lead with 11 tackles. While it absolutely wasn't a positive game for the Steelers' defense, Shazier showed he can pursue the backside of running plays at a pretty decent level. He has some work to do in coverage, but a pretty good two-game stretch for the rookie, including tonight.

Losers

Mike Mitchell - Two personal-foul penalties on consecutive Ravens' scoring drives. If Cam Thomas was the face of the swing-and-miss Steelers' 2014 free agency class last week, Mitchell replaced him this week. He has been virtually non-existent in the run game and, like several members of the Steelers' defense, hasn't sniffed a splash play yet.

Marcus Gilbert - The only good part of Marcus Gilbert's season so far is it still might not be as bad as the start Mike Adams had in 2013. That's the only reason there won't be any discussion about sitting him down like Adams heard last year (rightly so). Gilbert was manhandled on multiple plays Thursday and, if not for the Ravens choosing to have their outside linebackers cover on longer downs, he might have been Adams-ed in this game.

Cortez Allen - At some point, even I'll stop calling Allen a "young player." When those few who still remain on the Allen Bandwagon finally depart, we'll be calling him something to the tune of "the sloppiest cornerback in the National Football League." He blew tackles and committed penalties, the dual-edged sword Allen seems to stick square in his gut every few games. Tonight was one of them. He had a deep pass-interference penalty as well as a facemask penalty.

Justin Brown - The fumble was the beginning of a horrible night for the Steelers in general. After Antonio Brown went down from a shot to the head, Brown made a catch and proceeded to cough the ball up, giving the ball back to the team that would eventually hold a 35-25 time-of-possession advantage. The Ravens completed the 14-point swing by scoring a touchdown going the other way. There was a time Steelers receivers used to make big plays against the Ravens. Now, they fumble a lot. Brown had one catch for six yards on four targets.