Vs. the rush: 37 plays, 90 yards, 2.4 YPC (excludes 2 kneels for 0)
Best: Ngata 28/50, 1.8 YPC
Worst: No one who played more than 4 rushes was worse than 2.5 YPC.
Vs. the pass: 24/201, 8.4 YPP
Best: Prude 8/45, 5.6
Worst: Ngata was worst of the starters with 9.2 YPP (12/110)
Overall: 61/291, 4.8 YPPA (again, excludes kneels)
Best: Bannan, Gregg, and Edwards were all between 3.0 and 3.2 YPPA.
Worst: Pittman 14/116, 8.3 YPPA
By number of Pass Rushers:
4: 10/18, 1.8 YPP, 2 sacks, 1 TO
5: 9/98, 10.9 YPP
6: 4/90, 22.5 YPP
7: 1/-5, -5.0 YPP, 1 sack
By number of Defensive Backs:
4: 39/119, 3.1 YPPA
5: 12/66, 5.5 YPPA, 1 sack, 1 TO
6: 10/106, 10.6 YPPA, 2 sacks
Some individual observations:
Q1 7:26 3/7 Bal 17: With 4-man pressure, Pryce was unable to take down Roethlisberger and he rolled left to find Miller. Ivy had the initial coverage as Miller was the only receiver on his side. Landry was late getting there. Reed was actually in on the pass rush. Pittman and Martin each had their assignment well covered, even after about 7 seconds of running around. Ivy 3, Landry 2
Q1 1:48 2/7 Bal 15: Just a good throw by Ben, threading the needle between Pittman and Reed in the back of the end zone. Martin really did not have nearly as good coverage on the offensive right side (ORS). Pittman gets 2 points on this one largely because even his reasonably good coverage did not dissuade Ben from making a tight throw. If that were McAlister, I think Ben might have checked down. Pitman 2, Reed 1
Q2 14:21 3/ 4 Bal 30: Roethlisberger rolled right to elude a 6-man pass rush that included Ivy. Suggs was close, but could not bring him down. Washington was lost by Martin, who may have slipped slightly. Landry got back too late. What I didnâ€™t like about this play was Landry gesturing to Martin immediately after the catch. Reed seemed to give some additional post-play coaching to Martin. Going to call this Martin 4, Landry 1
Q2 5:48 3/9 Bal 35: Holmes lined up wide right with Martin in man coverage. Holmes simply ran by Martin down the sideline. Martin never picked up the ball and got his hands up comically too late. The dime was on and Reed was in deep coverage shaded slightly to Martin, but could not have gotten there in time, IMO. Martin 5
Q2 3:00 1/10 Bal 26: Holmes lined up wide left with Ivy in soft coverage. The Ravens brought 6, leaving Ivy on the island. Holmes ran a simple curl and Roethlisberger hit him for a 15-yard pickup. Ivy was giving up a lot of ground, and I canâ€™t help but think he was too worried about getting burned and not thinking about an aggressive big play. You may also note that the Steelers had a 17-yard gain on a short pass to Parker on the previous play. Since this wasnâ€™t a cornerback assignment, I didnâ€™t use it for this analysis. Ivy 3
Q2 1:57 2/6 Bal 7: The Ravens again rushed 4 as Martin had coverage on Washington. Ben rolled right, which was away from the pressure. Scott impressively positioned himself to defend either the run or pass, but the route prevented him from getting to the throwing lane. Washington ran 6 yards deep into the end zone, then curled back to the pylon. As he did, Martin slipped, allowing another easy TD flip. Martin 5.
Q3 6:37 3/7 Pit 47: Dime defense, Jamaine Winborne seeing his 1st defensive snap in the NFL. Ivy again lined up soft on the OLS vs. Holmes. The Ravens brought a 6-man pass rush that flushed Roethlisberger right, but Ben again threw on the run to Holmes on the sideline who somehow found a spot 10 yards behind Ivy. Landry missed the tackle, and Ivy and Martin had to make the tackle at the 8 yard line. Ivy 4, Landry 1
For those of you scoring at home, thatâ€™s Martin 14, Ivy 10, Landry 4, Pittman 2, Reed 1. Thatâ€™s a little different than I remember thinking as I watched it. It appeared to me that Pittman played worse than he did, but then again, he was only in for 14 plays compared to 61 for Martin.