Ravens notebook: Mixed bag for defense
The Ravens entered Sunday's game with 22 sacks in six games, second in the NFL.
That trend continued, as Baltimore registered three sacks. Yet two other areas where the Ravens had been proficient took a hit.
The Steelers ran for 141 yards, nearly 43 more than what the Ravens were allowing (98.2, tied for seventh).
Baltimore had held opponents to a 31.2 percent success rate on third down, fourth in the league. Pittsburgh converted 7 of 12 (58 percent).
“We didn't do a good enough job (defending the run),” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “To me, the fact that they were able to run the ball the way they did was the thing that allowed them to extend those drives.”
Ravens reality check
Linebacker Terrell Suggs is none too happy with the Ravens' 3-4 record entering their bye week.
“I'm very concerned,” Suggs said. “It's been very rare with this franchise that we've been under .500, especially with the exception of the first game. This is the perfect time for us to address everything. We can't kid ourselves anymore. We have a tremendous amount of work to do.”
One streak intact
The Ravens' 19-16 loss means no visiting team has won four consecutive regular-season games at Heinz Field. Baltimore had won 17-14 in 2010, 23-20 in 2011 and 13-10 a year ago.
Rice's shoulder OK
Rice had ice on his left shoulder, but he was not treating an injury.
“I'm icing my shoulder,” Rice said. “You can see that I lowered the pads today. There's nothing wrong with my shoulder. It's just called icing after a game. That's what happens when you play running back in the NFL.”
Rice had little room to run, as Baltimore's running game, ranked 27th in the league coming in, struggled. Rice gained 45 yards on 15 carries.
Middle linebacker Jameel McClain returned 10 months after suffering a spinal cord contusion and finished with five combined tackles.
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