2020 Week 8 Steelers Vs Ravens Live Update And Discussion Thread – First Half

The Steelers are battle-tested from week seven, coming off the game against the Titans for the last undefeated team in the AFC. This week they will face the Baltimore Ravens in an important AFC North match that could have large implications for not only the seeding within the division, but the AFC at large. The Ravens are coming off a bye week, where they are 10-2 throughout John Harbaugh’s career as the coach there.

Steelers vs. Ravens all time record: 28-24-0
Steelers at Ravens all time record: 11-13-0
Last match result: 28-10 Ravens (2019)
Notable free agent addition: DE Calais Campbell, OLB Yannick Ngakoue (trade)
Notable draft picks: ILB Patrick Queen, RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Devin Duvernay, WR James Proche

Steelers Inactive Players:

S Jordan Dangerfield
ILB Ulysees Gilbert III
CB Mike Hilton
QB Joshua Dobbs
DL Carlos Davis
TE Zach Gentry
G Derwin Gray

Ravens Inactive Players:

RB Mark Ingram
QB Trace McSorley
OL Ben Bredeson
OL Trystan Colon-Castillo
DT Broderick Washington
DT Justin Ellis
DE Jihad Ward

Ten minutes until AFC North Football! How have you game time traditions changed since quarantine? Let us know in the discussion thread below.

Boswell kicked into the end zone for a touchback.

Gus Edwards for a couple yards up the middle on 1st. Dropped screen pass on 2nd. Robert Spillane pick-six on 3rd down. Quick touchdown for the Steelers. 7-0 Steelers.

A nice tackle for loss by Stephon Tuitt on 2nd down. Lamar Jackson almost sacked and then taken down near the sideline. They called unnecessary roughness on 3rd down. Jackson is a running quarterback, he is always a threat. No problem with the Steelers ensuring he is taken down. Tough call.

A big pickup for the Ravens with Willie Snead taking it deep in the red zone. Robert Spillane in coverage.

Lamar Jackson with a near butt-fumble. 3rd and goal from the six yard line. Lamar Jackson under pressure, but he delivered a strike to the back left corner of the end zone. Vince Williams a half step from making the play in coverage on Miles Boykin. Touchdown. 7-7 tie game.

Nothing there for James Conner on 1st down. Eric Ebron drop on a low throw on 2nd. Marcus Peters called for a hold on 3rd. A bit of a ticky-tack call, but the Steelers get a fresh set of downs. Chase Claypool caught the ball on 1st down, but fumbled as he was being tackled. It looked like Claypool recovered in the pile, but the referees called it Ravens ball. Maybe a challenge coming, but its hard to overturn those against the call on the field.

Ravens get the ball and move 7 yards on the first two downs. Tyree Phillips down injured for the Ravens. Ravens flirting with the red zone if they convert this 3rd down here. Definitely within Justin Tucker field goal range.

J.K. Dobbins beat the defenders around the edge for a large gain. Ravens at the 10 yard line. Lamar Jackson brought down at the line of scrimmage on 1st. Unfortunately, Tyson Alualu banged up on the sideline. Bud Dupree in on 2nd down for the strip sack. Steelers recover around the 4 yard line.

James Conner up the middle for about a yard on 1st. Steelers backed up in their own end. A delayed handoff on 2nd to James Conner who picks up the first down and gives the Steelers some room.

Ben to Chase Claypool on 1st. Looked like a miscommunication as Claypool stopped and Ben way overthrew the route. On 2nd, Ben was forced to dump the ball off to James Conner who was taken down at or behind the line of scrimmage. 3rd and long coming here.

A 3rd and long run. Interesting decision. Jordan Berry punts short and sideways. Ravens get the ball around the 50 yard line again. Their average starting field position is excellent right now. Steelers can’t keep bailing the offense out with turnovers.

Tyson Alualu has a knee wrap on and is doubtful to return. A huge blow for the Steelers run stopping efforts. Lamar Jackson has all the time in the world back there as Bud Dupree was clearly held. Lamar Jackson taunting the Steelers on the sideline with a little tip-toe spin move on the side line.

Stephon Tuitt up the middle for the sack. Ronnie Stanley the $112 million dollar tackle as of two days ago is unfortunately down with a bad looking knee injury. Tough break for the Ravens. Looks like T.J. Watt accidentally rolled up on his ankle while his foot was stuck underneath.

Bud Dupree will be going up against Orlando Brown. T.J. Watt came in for the near sack on Lamar Jackson on the 3rd down. Jackson got the ball off to Mark Andrews, but he was brought down well short of the first down. The Ravens will have to punt.

Ray-Ray McCloud hit out of bounds on the punt return, but no flag.

James Conner for a few yards on first down and a 1st down pickup for Eric Ebron the next play.

Chase Claypool for about 7 yards on 1st down and a 2nd down drop for Jaylen Samuels. 3rd and 3 for the Steelers offense. Have to convert and give the defense a break here.

Ben Roethlisberger under pressure with the blitz and misses completely in the flat to James Washington. Jordan Berry back to punt.

Jordan Berry punt lands on the 20. Much better punt this time around.

Gus Edwards up the middle for 25 yards. The Ravens are getting close to matching the next best rushing performance against this Steelers defense. No coincidence that this happens when Tyson Alualu is out hurt.

Gus Edwards up the middle for the touchdown from the 1 yard line. 14-7 Ravens.

James Conner showing some signs of life on 2nd down, picking up a decent chunk for a first down, breaking a couple tackles along the way. 3rd down and 6 for the Steelers. A fight between Marcus Peters and Diontae Johnson after the play. The refs are trying to work out what happened. Marcus Peters headbutt Diontae and kicked him, but it looks like offsetting penalties.

Matthew Judon threw a punch at an official, so the Steelers get the first down. Judon ejected.

Steelers on the Ravens 35 yard line. 3rd and long again for the Steelers after yet another Ben Roethlisberger batted ball at the line of scrimmage.

False start on David DeCastro. The Steelers backed up out of field goal range with a 3rd and (very) long. Ben Roethlisberger under pressure immediately. He couldn’t break free and got strip sacked, but he recovered his own fumble. Jordan Berry coming in for the punt from about the 50 yard line.

Ravens secure the punt at about the 7 yard line with 3:44.

David DeCastro is a veteran and cannot be having these mental mistakes. Likely robbed the Steelers of at least 3 points on the drive.

Ben Roethlisberger holding his elbow on the sideline with the team doctor…

Lamar Jackson sees that the Steelers lose contain on the edge and runs for a 1st down. He fumbled for no reason, but recovered. Break for the 2:00 warning.

Joe Haden intercepted the pass, but it is under review. It looks like the ball was trapped against the ground. The only bi of doubt is that the ball didn’t appear to rotate on contact. It depends if they claimed he already had control – probably not however.

The call on the field was overturned after review. Incomplete pass. 3rd and 6 for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson keeps the ball and slices his way through the Steelers defense for the 1st down. That will likely be the end of the half.

Lamar Jackson runs back with T.J. Watt in pursuit and he tosses the ball away. An incomplete pass on 2nd brings up 3rd and 10 for the Ravens. Willie Snead complete for the first down. The Ravens are just barely outside of the Field Goal range for Justin Tucker, but he could easily nail this being the best kicker in the league.

Justin Tucker for 51 yard field goal, and it was easily good. 17-7 Ravens at half.

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