Steelers Defeat Ravens on the Road; Thrilled About Position Moving Forward

Steelers running back James Conner had 107 rushing yards; 56 yards receiving including one touchdown in the 23-16 win against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

BALTIMORE (GSM) – It was a win on the road in a short week.

The Steelers are on a 4-game winning streak after defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-13 at M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday. It was an AFC North win that keeps them in the catbird seat atop the division. Now with a record of 5-2-1 running back James Conner, referenced the last time these two organizations met. The Steelers came up short when they played on September 30. The score was 26-14. He acknowledged that it was imperative to get out of the gate early. “Last time we played them, we had some turnovers early and some penalties.” Conner said. “[We tried] to do the opposite of that and start out fast.”

Linebacker Bud Dupree had a half-sack in the game and says now that playing divisional opponents are almost complete 9-weeks into the season, there is still a lot of ahead of them. “It’s going to be a long ride again. It was great that we became at the top of the division after this game. We have one more, it’s Bengals again. I’m glad we played everyone (AFC North opponents) at the beginning of the season. Now we can just focus on other conference games and dominate those as well.”

Defensive back Mike Hilton says racking up victories against divisional opponents are key especially against the likes of Baltimore, as they move down the stretch. However, the immediate game plan now centers around the short turnaround. “It was big,” Hilton said “Especially on the road against a team like Baltimore. Everybody knows how big the rivalry is. It was a big win for us and now we have to get ready for the quick turnaround for Thursday.”

With only a few days off, the Steelers gear up to host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field who are on the prowl as well. Their overall record is 6-2, and are coming off of a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The score was 42-28. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was 19 for 25 in the passing game with two touchdowns and no interceptions, which contributed significantly to his team’s victory.

The Panthers are currently in second place in the NFC South, 1-game behind the New Orleans Saints (7-1).

The Steelers and Panthers met in the pre-season however the speed of this game will include the starters in mid-season form which can guarantee a physical matchup.

Steelers Convincingly Defeat Falcons

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) catches a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger over defender Robert Alford (23) of the Falcons. October 17, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers put the game against the Falcons out of reach early and had a field day at Heinz Field.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 of 29 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were to wide receiver Antonio Brown. JuJu Smith-Schuster (pictured above) also caught a strike, helping to put the game in the bag.

Running back James Conner rushed for 110 yards and scored 2 touchdowns of his own.

Running back James Connor (30) jumps over the pile in the game against the Atlanta Falcons October 17, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Next week, the Steelers travel to Cincinnati to face their AFC North rival Bengals.

Steelers Defeat Vikings at Home

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers struck early via a 27-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to wide out Martavis Bryant for the game’s first touchdown. The final score was 26-9 in a one sided game that helped set the tone in the 2017 season’s second game.

Martavis Bryant strides after scoring the game’s first touchdown. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Roethlisberger’s stats: 23-35, 243 YDS, 2 TD. He spread the ball effectively, connecting with 6 receivers.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass with Minnesota Vikings Defensive End Danielle Hunter (99) in his face. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster was on the receiving end of Roethlisberger’s second touchdown pass in the second quarter, moments before the end of the first half.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is greeted by fellow teammates after scoring the game’s second touchdown against the Vikings. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Le’Veon Bell was held to only 87 yards rushing on 27 attempts. However, his performance helped move the clock as the Steelers controlled the time of possession (34:22) throughout the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell stiff arms Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Pittsburgh racked up 2 sacks on defense holding Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to only 167 yards passing on 37 attempts.

Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) records a sack on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7). September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)