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Torrey Smith was on the receiving end of a 54-yard bomb that was just short of a touchdown.
Baltimore’s only touchdown from last week was a long pass to Jacoby Jones, but it made a concerted effort to use the deep ball to attack the Pittsburgh Steelers defense—especially Ike Taylor.
It worked, especially in the first half, as Joe Flacco averaged 7.17 yards per attempt—his third-highest average of 2013.
Flacco set the tone early, throwing a bomb on his first play of the game. While that one was underthrown, the big plays were there for the taking all game, and the offense took advantage. There were a number of long gains, and an incomplete deep shot even drew a pass interference penalty.
The Ravens offense looks infinitely more dangerous with the threat of big plays, so it’s a good sign for Baltimore’s playoff hopes that the deep balls are making a return to the offense.