Scores of flag T-shirts and patriotic apparel, nearly as many as Joe Flacco jerseys.
"I sucked", Flacco said, via ESPN.
Welcome to "Quick Yinzing", a fast reaction article where a member of the SCU staff gives their initial post-game impressions without digging into any films, stats, or other analysis.
The Steelers enter Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with five players on the questionable listed: Safety Sean Davis, linebacker James Harrison, guard Ramon Foster, tackle Marcus Gilbert, and safety Mike Mitchell are all questionable for the game. It's a close game, and running the football is extremely hard. The week before, the team did not come out on the field for the national anthem.
Pittsburgh took a 19-0 lead into halftime on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster. To make matters sweeter, numerous purple-clad fans headed toward the exits with more than five minutes left.
One of the concerns with Bell's holdout was that he might have to play his way into game shape.
The interception came at a crucial moment as the momentum had been swinging in the Ravens' direction.
"I'm not a hero", he said. That led them into their rivalry matchup against one another in Week 4. But sometimes three games is enough to see an issue or two and in the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first one that I see is a lack of intensity. He repeated what he said earlier in the week, that he and his teammates had tried to do the best they could, but they could not always get everything right.
"We did a good job sticking to the run", said Bell, who had 186 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. "We're not creating a lot for ourselves right now. I'm just a football player". It's been awhile since Flacco's been a playoff-caliber quarterback and it's no longer outrageous to suggest the Ravens need to part ways with him.
The Ravens got a field goal off a turnover in the third quarter, but it should have been more. He overthrew a wide-open Breshad Perriman for an easy touchdown. "I'm just a football player".
"It starts with me", said Flacco, who went 31 for 49 for 235 yards and two interceptions against Pittsburgh (3-1).
-The Ravens struggled to move the ball for the second consecutive game. The Steelers had long drives heavy with the running game. The Ravens had hoped Flacco would resemble the quarterback that played lights-out in those playoffs for the majority of his career. It's a process. You have to go to work, and you work to improve. "You have to look at everything, every aspect of the offense". Head coach John Harbaugh is just trying to keep the team focused. "You can kick over trash cans if you want, but it's not going to make you better".
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