2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Rally not enough, Ravens fall to Steelers 19-16

By WILL GRAVES - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-20 20:35

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Terrell Suggs isn't one to panic. And while it's hardly time for the outspoken Baltimore Ravens linebacker to declare the defending Super Bowl champions are in trouble, he senses it's brewing after a 19-16 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

''We can't kid ourselves anymore, we've got a lot of work to do,'' Suggs said. ''We're used to things going a little different for us, but that being said we've got to be able to adjust on the fly and play football.''

The Ravens (3-4) never led while falling below .500 this deep into the season for the first time since 2009. Baltimore recovered to make the postseason that year. They remain confident they can do it again but allow there's plenty of room for improvement.

''It's going to be a dog fight just like it always is in this division,'' quarterback Joe Flacco said. ''Cincinnati won today and they probably have a little bit of a stranglehold on it right now, but we haven't played them yet. We still have a lot of games to go.''

Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown but couldn't stop the Baltimore from losing for the third time in its last four games. The losses have come by a combined eight points.

''We have a good bunch of guys, but this is the time of year where we have to create our identity,'' running back Ray Rice said. ''We have to find out who we are as a football team.''

At the moment, the Ravens are reeling. They won in each of their three previous regular season visits to Heinz Field but seemed a half-step behind the Steelers all day until Flacco hit Dallas Clark for a 1-yard score that tied the game with 1:58 to go.

All it did was set the stage for the 28th game-winning drive by Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers (2-4) took over at their own 37 and drove 39 yards to set up Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal at the gun.

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh opted not to call timeout to make Suisham think about the kick, figuring all it would do was help Suisham compose himself.

''I didn't feel like it would be a smart thing to do because the field was a little ruddy there and it gave them a little more time to prepare,'' Harbaugh said.

Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. He hit Antonio Brown twice on Pittsburgh's final drive, putting Suisham well within range to win it. Running back Le'Veon Bell ran for a season-high 93 yards on 19 carries.

One of the NFL's best rivalries over the last five years is in the midst of a transition. Bold-faced names Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and James Harrison are gone and at the moment, both teams find themselves looking up in the standings at Cincinnati.

Suggs did his best to insist nothing had changed, though with more than a third of the players in uniform making their debut in the series, there was a general sense of decorum previous meetings lacked.

A sense of inventiveness too, at least by the Steelers. Looking to spark a running game that ranked 31st in the league coming in, Pittsburgh found a variety of ways to get the ball in Bell's hands, even lining him up in the wildcat formation with Roethlisberger split out as a wide receiver.

Bell churned for 61 yards in the first half alone, higher than any Steelers back produced in an entire game coming in. The variety wasn't limited to Bell. The Steelers took an early 7-0 lead when Roethlisberger flipped a shovel pass to Heath Miller for a 3-yard touchdown.

The Ravens, who have spent most of the season flip-flopping impressive and inconsistent, looked more like the bunch that struggled against Green Bay and Buffalo than the one that blew out Houston and beat Miami on the road.

Still, Baltimore managed to pull within 10-6 at the half thanks to a rare mistake by Miller. The Pro Bowl tight end fumbled at the Pittsburgh 45 in the final minute of the second quarter and Matt Elam picked it up and returned it seven yards. The miscue gave Flacco enough time to get Baltimore in position for a 38-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.

All it did was set the stage for another taut finish between two teams that view the other as a measuring stick. Each of the last four meetings has been decided by a field goal.

''That's how these AFC North games go against the Steelers,'' said Baltimore wide receiver Tandon Doss.

NOTES: Pittsburgh lost RT Marcus Gilbert with a quadriceps injury in the first quarter ... The Ravens called an onside kick in the third quarter trailing 13-9 but were called for two penalties on the play. The Steelers kicked a field goal to push their lead to 16-9. ''We thought we had a great shot at getting it,'' Harbaugh said. ''Their guy made a nice play there, made a great play.'' ... The teams meet again in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

LaMichael JamesApr 17 10:04a

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on [ More ]

Mike BrownApr 16 11:33p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday, April 16.

Eli ManningApr 16 11:33p

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said in a radio interview this week that it is 'ludicrous' to say QB Eli Manning is declining. 'There's been no [ More ]

Sidney RiceApr 16 08:03p

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, April 16, according to sources.

Dwayne BoweApr 16 07:03p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 16, after being arrested last November for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of littering and defective [ More ]

Arian FosterApr 16 04:53p

The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 04:43p

The New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.

Terrelle PryorApr 16 04:33p

The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.

Clay MatthewsApr 16 04:13p

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) said he likely will be limited during offseason workouts because of his surgically repaired thumb.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 03:53p

The New York Jets will use RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as a tandem this upcoming season and have them split carries. RB Bilal Powell will be the team's No. 3 running back.

Dan SkutaApr 16 03:33p

San Francisco 49ers LB Dan Skuta (foot) is not expected to need surgery on the foot injury that bothered him during the 2013 season. Skuta met with a foot [ More ]

Gus BradleyApr 16 02:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley watched Georgia QB Aaron Murray participate in his pro day Wednesday, April 16.

Reggie BushApr 16 02:13p

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season. Bush [ More ]

Cheta OzougwuApr 16 01:53p

The Chicago Bears have waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.

Mike JamesApr 16 12:53p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been [ More ]

Carson PalmerApr 16 12:43p

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about [ More ]

Josh FreemanApr 16 12:23p

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:13p

Updating previous reports, retired LB Rolando McClain failed his conditioning tests during his workout with the Baltimore Ravens. The test consisted of six timed 150-yard runs.

Golden TateApr 16 10:53a

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he thinks he can be a 'more explosive Lance Moore,' referring to the former New Orleans Saints receiver. Moore caught 65 passes for [ More ]

Matt FlynnApr 16 10:01a

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:03a

Retired LB Rolando McClain (Ravens) worked out for the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, April 15, as he attempts a comeback. The workout wasn't a smooth one in terms of conditioning, [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 16 12:03a

The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market [ More ]

Aldon SmithApr 16 12:03a

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt with the team, but he probably won't play with the team in 2014, according to [ More ]

Malcom FloydApr 15 11:53p

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) continues his rehab from a neck injury, but his status is still uncertain. When the team begins voluntary workouts April 22, Floyd [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 15 07:53p

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson's (Titans) visit with the New York Jets reportedly went well Tuesday, April 15, but he left without a deal. Other teams are involved with him, too.

Rolando McClainApr 15 07:53p

The Baltimore Ravens worked out LB Rolando McClain, and it reportedly wasn't a success. McClain didn't finish his conditioning test and didn't perform drills.

Terrell ManningApr 15 05:43p

The Minnesota Vikings claimed LB Terrell Manning off waivers from the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, April 15.

Adam PodleshApr 15 05:13p

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent P Adam Podlesh (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, April 15.

Allen ReisnerApr 15 03:53p

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.

Daniel KilgoreApr 15 03:23p

San Francisco 49ers OG Daniel Kilgore was found not guilty of public intoxication related to his arrest in January in Tennessee. His case was dismissed following his appearance in [ More ]

Matt FlynnApr 15 02:23p

The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal to re-sign QB Matt Flynn Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.

Dion JordanApr 15 01:53p

Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is expecting big things from DE Dion Jordan in his second season this year. He's a very talented player and this is a [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group