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  • The 4-4 Baltimore Ravens hosted their arch-rivals http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/nick-boyle-jersey-authentic , the 4-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers in a must-win divisional game.  The drive ended in a punt after a pair of first downs, including a 20-yard catch from rookie tight end Mark Andrews on 3rd-and-9. The Steelers were forced to punt the ball on their first drive as well, despite several solid runs from running back James Conner. The Ravens put the first points on the board on the next drive with a Justin Tucker 23-yard field goal, and the highlight of the drive was a 30-yard catch by Chris Moore. However, quarterback Joe Flacco missed a wide open Lamar Jackson for an easy touchdown on 3rd-and-goal.Unfortunately, Pittsburgh responded with points of their own, albeit with a touchdown instead of a field goal. It was James Conner who found the end zone with a seven-yard run, putting the Steelers up 7-3.Following a punt from Baltimore’s offense, Pittsburgh found the end zone once again, this time Ben Roethlisberger was able to find wide receiver Antonio Brown for a six-yard touchdown pass, extending their lead to 14-3.With the first half winding down, the Ravens were able to cut into the lead with another field goal. A defensive pass interference penalty against John Brown on a deep pass was the crucial play on the drive Youth Maurice Canady Jersey , giving Baltimore 33 yards. Once again, Flacco missed a wide open receiver for a touchdown, this time Michael Crabtree when he under threw him.The Steelers opened the second half with a long drive that lasted 8:14 and ended in a touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Pittsburgh exploited the middle of the Ravens defense all day long with short underneath throws and crossing routes, which was on full display for this drive. Still, a missed extra point kept the score at 20-6.This time, Baltimore was able to rally for a touchdown in response. Running back Alex Collins ran it in for a one-yard touchdown, cutting the lead down to 20-13.The offense was unable to keep their foot on the gas, going three-and-out on their next drive after forcing a three-and-out on defense. The Steelers were then able to put together another clock-killing drive, lasting 5:49 and ending in a field goal to make it a two-possession game again.The Ravens were able to notch one last field goal, making the final score 23-16. Flacco had a poor performance, and the defense was unable to contain Conner on the ground or through the air. Even when Roethlisberger left the game with a shoulder injury for a play, backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs converted a 2nd-and-20 with a 22-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Flacco finished the day 23/37 for 209 yards, zero touchdowns and no interceptions. Collins was the leading rusher with only 35 yards on nine carries. Willie Snead IV led all receivers with 58 yards on seven catches with Andrews just behind him with 50 yards on three catches. The defense allowed 405 yards while forcing zero turnovers and sacking Roethlisberger only once.Baltimore has a chance to get healthy with a bye week now. But At 4-5 http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/alex-collins-jersey-authentic , there will be speculation of incoming changes in the organization. The Baltimore Ravens sit at 4-4, and many are labeling their Week 9 matchup against the Steelers a ‘must-win.’ With Pittsburgh currently leading the division at 4-2-1 and the Bengals in second with a record of 5-3, the Ravens may not be able to overcome another division loss. A loss to Pittsburgh would not only give the Browns a chance to rise in the standings, but the Ravens would hold a measly 1-3 record in the AFC North. Although the big picture often dominates the headlines, Baltimore undoubtedly has plenty of other issues to address. 1. Are we witnessing the final few games for Joe Flacco in a Ravens uniform?Flacco’s first eight games would suggest that he is en route to having a career year. However, almost every starting quarterback in the league is seeing an increase their numbers due to the rule changes among other variables. Flacco has had several strong performances, such as his masterful games against the Bills and Steelers, but he has also had a couple of horrible games. In Week 2 against the Bengals, Flacco had a terrible showing, including two interceptions. He also struggled mightily against the Panthers and Browns, where he led the offense to only 14 and nine points, respectively. Although a lot can change, the Ravens currently do not look like a playoff team. They have issues on both sides of the ball Youth Willie Snead IV Jersey , and if they miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, wholesale changes might be forthcoming. One of those moves could include Baltimore parting ways with the former Delaware quarterback. The next two games could play an integral role in deciding Flacco’s fate in the offseason. Will ‘January Joe’ show up on Sunday, or will it be the inconsistent, erratic, turnover prone Flacco?2. Can Baltimore’s defense stop a potent offense?The Ravens may have a highly ranked defense, but they still have plenty of problems to address. By only reading the statistics, Baltimore’s defense looks as if they are a formidable unit. A deeper dive into the numbers will showcase the truth — an inconsistent and overrated defense. Against the Steelers, Panthers, Saints, and Bengals, Baltimore has allowed an average of 27 points. In addition, Cam Newton, Drew Brees http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/eric-weddle-jersey-authentic , Andy Dalton, and Ben Roethlisberger have combined to throw nine touchdowns to only one interception. In their other four games, which featured favorable matchups against teams with ten combined wins and none of them are above .500, they have only allowed an average of 7.5 points. Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, Case Keenum, Baker Mayfield, and Marcus Mariota have combined to throw one touchdown and four interceptions.The Ravens’ defense had success in Week 4 against the Steelers as they shut them out in the second half. Can this unit end their struggles against upper echelon offenses, or will it be a repeat of the previous two weeks?3. With their backs against the wall, how will the Ravens handle the pressure?Baltimore certainly feels the pressure in a ‘must-win’ game. “It’s the biggest game of our season right now. It’s going to determine a lot, this week, at least,” Jimmy Smith stated Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey , via the team’s official website. This game has the potential to define their season. With a gauntlet of challenging opponents on the horizon, the Ravens need to capitalize at home. Of their remaining eight games, five are in Baltimore. They still have three critical divisional home games upcoming, while also traveling to Kansas City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Without a doubt, the Ravens’ offense has struggled to find consistency, particularly with their running game. Joe Flacco has not been as sharp as he once was earlier in the season. The offensive line is banged up. The wide receivers and tight ends have struggled to catch the football and create separation. On the other side of the ball, their defense has not had a significant amount of success against premier offenses. Similarly to previous seasons, limiting opposing tight ends has been an issue. It would be hard to argue that the Ravens are not in a bad way, but can they recover?