A Giant Epic Fail: Grading the Steelers 35-7 loss at Baltimore

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A Giant Epic Fail:  Grading the Steelers 35-7 loss at Baltimore
Sometimes these articles write themselves.  If you're looking for sugarcoating and positive spins following the Steelers blowout loss to division rival Baltimore, you might as well leave the page right now.

The offense committed seven turnovers.  SEVEN!  That's the same amount of turnovers as the offense scored points.  Even worse the defense didn't take the ball away once other than a fourth and one stop.  That was about all they did to slow down Baltimore.

The secondary was torched all game.  I had lovely views of the BACK the jerseys belonging to Bryant McFadden and William Gay. The front seven was torched by Ray Rice for over 100 yards.  All these contract extensions by the Steelers in the offseason really looked like wasted money out there.  Even Troy Polamalu's only noticeable play was a horse collar tackle. 

On offense, Haloti Ngata owes the Steelers rent for the amount of time he spent in the backfield.  The offensive line was atrocious.  Four sacks and four fumbles lost.  I have to ask, is anyone missing Flozell Adams or Max Starks yet?

Ben Roethlisberger was under pressure all game but that doesn't excuse the fact he was just heaving the ball up for grabs.  You have to play smarter than that Ben!  He sure did a good job of padding his stats in garbage time though.  Mike Wallace crossed the 100 yard mark and Ben almost had 300 yards passing, but again, all when it didn't matter.

The biggest stat was no turnovers from the Steeler defense.  Not the kind of effort you expected against a key division rival.  That's what makes this one sting even more.

Okay I lied a bit, I'll offer up one positive.  It's only one game out of sixteen, but the Steelers have to right the ship quickly.  This kind of loss has a nasty way of causing a lot of doubt and it'll be up to the veteran leadership of the Steelers to nip it in the bud ASAP.

I won't even waste my time going position by position.  The entire team sucked today.


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