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With out Jackson, Ravens rush by sloppy Steelers 16-14 – The Washington Publish


PITTSBURGH — Baltimore’s veterans saved telling their youthful teammates they couldn’t actually take into account themselves Ravens till they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The children had been listening. Notably the third-year operating again who has spent many of the final two seasons coping with a balky left knee and the third-string quarterback who signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Oregon and figured he’d be a fixture on the bench or inactive most weeks so long as Lamar Jackson is round.

Now J.Okay. Dobbins and Anthony Brown are a part of the lore in a rivalry with loads of juice, even because the Steelers rebuild.

Dobbins ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in his first recreation since present process a second knee surgical procedure in two years and Brown calmly saved Baltimore’s offense buzzing alongside within the second half of a 16-14 victory Sunday. Brown crammed in for many of the second half with Jackson out with a knee harm and backup Tyler Huntley positioned within the concussion protocol.

“I’ve been listening to it most of my life from my father, ‘Keep prepared so that you don’t should prepare,’” mentioned Brown, who accomplished a modest 3 of 5 passes for 16 yards however guided Baltimore on a clock-chewing late area objective drive that helped the Ravens finish a four-game shedding streak to the Steelers. “This was only a testomony to that.”

A testomony, too, to a Ravens offensive line that had its method even with the offense successfully one-dimensional with out Jackson. It hardly mattered. Baltimore ran for 215 yards, together with a clinching 6-yard burst by Gus Edwards for a primary down on the 2-minute warning that permit the Ravens (9-4) run out the clock to keep up their grip on first place within the AFC North.

“The offensive line was blocking so good and I can solely go so far as they go,” mentioned Dobbins, who was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

In opposition to the Steelers, Dobbins and the remainder of the Ravens went far sufficient to successfully finish any outdoors shot the Steelers (5-8) had of being an element down the stretch. Justin Tucker kicked three area targets, the protection picked off three passes and Calais Campbell blocked the eighth kick of his profession as Baltimore received in Pittsburgh for the primary time since 2019.

“With out our greatest participant, after which shedding (Huntley), for Anthony to come back in and play the best way he did, demand the huddle the best way he did, (it was) very spectacular,” Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews mentioned. “It was an enormous crew win. It was superior to see.”

Pittsburgh performed many of the recreation with out rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, who entered the concussion protocol within the first quarter on the finish of an odd sequence through which he took successful from Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith, was evaluated for a concussion, cleared to return solely to be pulled after taking part in one extra collection.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Pickett turned “symptomatic” however couldn’t present readability on why Pickett was initially allowed to return.

That is the second time Pickett has gone into the concussion protocol. He exited a win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 16, a recreation through which Mitch Trubisky got here on in and threw two touchdowns in reduction.

Trubisky, benched in favor of Pickett again in early October, was not practically as sharp this time round when issues bought tight. Although Trubisky accomplished 22 of 30 for 276 yards together with a 10-yard landing to Pat Freiermuth with 2:30 remaining, he additionally threw three interceptions, all in Baltimore territory.

“Plenty of stuff I may do higher, however coming off the bench I simply wished to go in there, attempt to present a spark,” Trubisky mentioned. “I believed we did a very good job shifting the ball, however I’ve to guard the soccer and that’s apparent.”

The Ravens insisted they’d be high-quality even with out Jackson, who’s week to week after struggling a knee harm final week in opposition to Denver. They imagine the identical will maintain true even when Huntley is unavailable subsequent Saturday in opposition to Cleveland, although Harbaugh appeared to point he believes Huntley may very well be cleared by then.

If Baltimore can maintain imposing its will with a operating recreation that includes a lastly wholesome Dobbins to pair with Edwards, it won’t matter who’s behind middle, at the least within the brief time period.

Pittsburgh faces a last month through which it may very well be taking part in out the string — a rarity for a crew that hasn’t had a shedding season since 2003 — and doubtlessly doing it with out their younger franchise quarterback.

Tucker completed with 10 factors to push his profession complete to 1,473, breaking the franchise scoring report held by former kicker Matt Stover.

Pittsburgh defensive finish Chris Wormley left within the third quarter with a left leg harm.

Ravens: Journey to Cleveland subsequent Saturday to face the Browns. Baltimore received the primary assembly between the groups 23-20 on Oct. 23.

Steelers: Go to Carolina subsequent Sunday. Pittsburgh has received every of its final six conferences with the Panthers.

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