CBS protects Saints-Steelers Week 16 kickoff from flex to prime time
11 November, 2018, 04:43
It seems every year National Football League players speak out about how hard it is to play a Thursday night game after playing on Sunday and this year it's Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talking about the downfalls of playing on the short week. The emergence of running back James Connor, who played his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh, has made the holdout of LeVeon Bell less of a distraction. Coming off a 36-21 loss at Carolina, Baltimore can jump into contention with its first sweep of the Steelers since 2015.
There are reports the Ravens might consider sweeping changes this week, but Harbaugh did not appear overly concerned about his status.
"I've never been someone who's anxious about keeping a job", he said. "It's always been, for me, doing the job".
"'I feel real good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks", he said.
It was only last month when the Ravens were 4-2 and sitting atop the division. This is definitely a cause of concern as the Pittsburgh offense is now playing like everyone expected them to. Pittsburgh still has tough matchups against the Panthers, Chargers, Patriots, Bengals and Saints.
Joe Haden knows about losing to the Baltimore Ravens. "It's great to get an AFC North road victory under those circumstances". Probably not, probably a step off just because it's Week 9. Steelers RB James Conner has 599 yards rushing with nine TDs, including 146 yards, 2 TDs last week vs Cleveland. This time, he had a 25-yard run in the first quarter and finished with 107 yards on 24 carries. It starts up front with the team's big-men, as Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce will have to eat blocks and make life easier for linebackers like C.J. Mosley and Kenny Young.
He's hoping fresh legs will pick up the 4-5 team. The Ravens now sit in the bottom 25% of the league in rushing offense, so if Flacco is not playing well, the offense really has nowhere else to turn.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sees a different team than the one that lost to the Ravens in September, a game Antonio Brown called "disgusting" because of missed third-down opportunities.
In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"He was late, and we wanted to be focused with the guys who were wired-in appropriately where they needed to be in the hours leading up to kickoff", Tomlin said. "Take care of business". "Teams use it for that goal, and we're going to get a chance to do that this week, too".