So where do the Ravens go from here?
Two straight losses for Baltimore, both ugly in their own ways.
“Turnovers, getting turnovers are big. Stopping the run, getting first downs, getting off the field on third down. Those are big factors,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh about the difference in the past couple of games for his now 2-2 team.
Sunday’s beatdown by the Steelers once again revealed the Ravens’ offensive struggles, as Joe Flacco and company continue to underperform.
“The quarterback is definitely the focal point of the whole thing and it always comes back to the quarterback,” said Harbaugh. “I want to see him play well. I want to see him put up numbers and make plays. But it’s not just him.”
While on the other side of the ball, the run defense was torched as it gave up 173 yards on the ground. 144 were gained by Le’Veon Bell.
“We’re not defending the run as well as we want to, for sure,” added Harbaugh. “Our problem yesterday was more on the edges. We had problems on the edges with some of their formations.”
The absence of big defensive tackle Brandon Williams was a big reason for the Steelers success rushing the ball. Williams was seen at the stadium yesterday wearing a boot on his injured left foot. Coach Harbaugh didn’t offer much regarding his status on Monday afternoon.
“When he starts practicing you’ll know,” said Harbaugh. “It’s one of those injuries that’s just a little bit unpredictable. We’re very hopeful it’ll be soon."
The Ravens will try to get back on track next Sunday when they visit Oakland.