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Coming into this matchup with the 27th ranked rush defense in the NFL, we expected that the Steelers would become a little run-heavy in an attempt to expose the Ravens banged up front.
The ended up with 27 total runs and 39 passes. I would have liked to see a lot more runs, considering they moved the ball pretty well on the ground.
As a team, the Steelers rushed for 134 yards and averaged 5 yards per carry, but they seemed to get away from the ground attack too early on drives and put the ball in Byron Leftwich's hands.
Jonathan Dwyer may have solidified his spot as the go-to back for the Steelers. He led the way with 12 carries for 55 yards and pounded away for extra yards after contact. He played so well, it prompted Al Michaels to compare him to Steelers legend Jerome Bettis.
Mendenhall returned to action, but you may not have really noticed. He ran the ball 11 times but managed only 33 yards. Isaac Redman and Baron Batch each carried once and both left with injuries.
Notable Individual Grades
Jonathan Dwyer: A
- Clearly been the best back the team has and should draw the start from here on out.
Rashard Mendenhall: C-
- Had a few nice runs, but got caught up too much at the line of scrimmage and couldn't break through.