Overall Grade: B+
Did anyone think the Steelers offense would be able to score 23 points in this game?
With as bad as the offense looked against the Ravens the first time, the Browns last week and in the first half, I thought it would take a lot for them to all of a sudden turn it around. The offensive line wasn’t perfect by any stretch in the game but they did enough and protected Charlie Batch enough for him to throw for a career high 276 passing yards as a Steeler.
It’s funny how when the starting quarterback doesn’t look like garbage for a while the offense starts to pick it up. That’s exactly what has happened in the 2nd half and with Charlie Batch playing well the Steelers offense has been moving the ball. Heath Miller has become more involved in the offense and he stretched out to get the game tying touchdown.
The offense put the final stamp on the game with a 12 play 6 minute drive with a great mix of run and pass and won the game with the last second field goal.
Quarter 3: B
The offense actually moves the ball and ties the game up at 13 with a 16 yard touchdown run by Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer looked to be stopped for a short gain and then bounced outside with Charlie Batch as a lead blocker all the way to the endzone.
Emmanuel Sanders looked like he had a chance to run for a touchdown after being completely unguarded and he just fumbled the ball without being touched. Stuff happens but it completely takes away the momentum from the Steelers offense. Sanders then follows up the fumble by dropping a key third down pass to stall another drive and give the ball back to the Ravens.
Quarter 2: C+
Ever since taking the first possession down for a field goal the offense hasn’t been able to do anything against the Ravens defense. Whether running or throwing the offensive line isn’t opening up too many holes and is getting pushed around.
Antonio Brown should have just thrown the ball away on the trick play and after the defense gets an interception the offense gives it right back.
On the next drive Mike Wallace seems to just stop trying to catch the ball because he thinks he is going to get a penalty called and then follows that up with an actual drop that would have been a first down.
It looks like it takes everything the Steelers have to get even a first down and they end up settling for another Shaun Suisham field goal.
Quarter 1: B
The first possession showed off some good running by Jonathan Dwyer and a nice third down conversion by Charlie Batch.
The second possession stalled however, and I have no idea why Batch decided to take a shot to Antonio Brown with how bad he has been on the deep ball so far.