After seeing a wide receiver play quarterback last weekend, it seemed like the NFL was all out of surprises. Fans were proven wrong this week when the Steelers and Ravens faced off Wednesday at 3:40 pm. While the NFL has played on a Wednesday once before in 2012, this is the first instance of an afternoon game being played on a Wednesday.
SportsCastr News NFL’s Lawrence Owen recapped a sloppy game between the divisional rivals. Due to COVID positive testing, the Ravens were without a plethora of starters, specifically QB Lamar Jackson. Backups Robert Griffin III and Trace McSorley were unable to compete with the Steel Curtain, with Pittsburgh holding on late to win 19-14.
Unlike Kendall Hinton and the Broncos, the replacement quarterbacks still were able to move the ball at times. A 39-yard scamper from Griffin and a 70-yard touchdown from McSorley were two of the memorable highlights for the battered Ravens team. Justice Hill and Gus Edwards led the rushing attack with JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram sidelined from COVID.
With the win, the Steelers improve to 11-0 and maintain their top seeding in the AFC. Despite a lackluster offensive game, Ben Roethlisberger has found chemistry on the season with his young receiving core of Juju Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson. With their consistency on both sides of the ball, Pittsburgh will be a scary match-up after their likely bye in the playoffs as explained by Lawrence on his SportsCastr stream.
This loss drops the Baltimore Ravens to 6-5, officially out of the playoffs if they were to start today. After such a successful season in 2019, COVID-19 and injuries have severely impacted John Harbaugh’s team. It seems increasingly likely that the Ravens will miss the playoffs just a year after a season in which they were true Super Bowl contenders.Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger, Big Ben, Broncos, Chase Claypool, Claypool, Denver Broncos, Diontae Johnson, Harbaugh, JK Dobbins, John Harbaugh, Juju, Juju Smith-Schuster, Kendal Hinton, Lamar, Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ravens, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Roethlisberger, SCN, SCN NFL, SportsCastr, SportsCastr News, Steelers, Super Bowl, Trace McSorley, Wednesday Afternoon Football Last modified: December 3, 2020