Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 10/1/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Ravens 23, Steelers 20
October 1, 2015
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 4 schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we had the always entertaining pairing of the Ravens and Steelers. Baltimore was coming off a tough loss to the Bengals, while Pittsburgh edged out the Rams (losing Ben Roethlisberger in the process) in Week 3. Games between these two teams are usually a real treat for fans of hard-nosed football, and this one was no different.
Let’s check out some of the key players and stats from the game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out Week 5 so we can see what’s ahead for both teams.
What Happened: A few of the faces in this game were a little unfamiliar, but this was still the typical hard-hitting Ravens-Steelers matchup where points were at a premium. Pittsburgh got on the board first with a 45-yard Josh Scobee field goal, but Baltimore was able to find the end zone a little later with a Michael Campanaro TD run from nine yards out.
In the second, LeVeon Bell helped the Steelers retake the lead with an 11-yard TD run, and Scobee helped extend it with a 36-yarder. At halftime, it was 13-7 Steelers.
After the break, Darrius Heyward-Bey snagged a 9-yard TD pass from Michael Vick. Unfortunately for the Steelers, that would be the last time they’d score.
Baltimore began their furious comeback with a Kamar Aiken TD grab from 15 yards out. Justin Tucker owned the fourth quarter with a pair of field goals from 40 and 42 yards that tied it up and sent the game to overtime.
One last Tucker field goal from 52 yards would be the deciding factor in this one and the Ravens stunned the Steelers at home 23-20, bagging their first win of the season.
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The Stars: We’ll start out giving love to the kicker, as Tucker was perfect on the night. He went 3-for-3 on field goals and bagged a pair of extra points. Justin Forsett didn’t get into the end zone, but he posted 27 rushes for 150 clock-controlling yards. The defense also tightened the screws when they needed to and kept Vick in check with a pretty good pass rush.
On the other side, Bell posted 22 rushes for 129 yards and a score along with seven grabs for 21 yards. The Pittsburgh D also managed five sacks, a pick and a fumble.
The Goats: Scobee is going to get a lot of heat for the loss here, as he had a chance to put the Steelers over the top but missed a pair of field goals. Even with Vick on a short week, however, the Steelers offense should have been better. They were just 2-for-15 on third and fourth downs--and a couple of those were real killers. The team was stopped twice on overtime fourth downs in Ravens territory.
Injuries: Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith (who had a bad game statistically) left at the end of the third with a back injury. Campanaro had the same prognosis in the fourth quarter when he was hurt. We’ll have to watch for updates on this pair coming from Baltimore in the next few days.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, the Ravens will be in action on Sunday, October 11 against the Browns in Baltimore (1:00 PM ET on CBS). Meanwhile, the Steelers get another primetime game on Monday, October 12 in San Diego against the Chargers (8:30 PM ET on ESPN).
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