Steelers Versus Ravens Winners And Losers – Week 7

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-16 on Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.


Shaun Suisham – Don’t look now, but Suisham has yet to miss this season. His 42-yarder with time running out won the game.

Lawrence Timmons – Timmons registered 17 total tackles in the game and 11 of them were within three yards of the line of scrimmage. Three of those came in key short-yardage situations.

William Gay – Three total tackles and two key passes defensed earns Gay a spot on the winners list. Yes, Jacoby Jones had him burned for what looked like an easy touchdown, but he stayed with the play and didn’t get called for pass interference to boot.

Le’Veon Bell – 93 yards on 19 carries in a game that the Steelers really needed it. Yes, the blocking was good, but Bell showed great patience and registered several of his yards after first contact.

Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders only had one catch for seven yards, but his 44 yard kickoff return at the end of the game set the offense up in great field position and it resulted in a win.


Derek Moye – Moye had a fantastic leaping catch early in the second quarter, but his drop in the end zone on third down with 10:09 left in the game allowed the Ravens to stick around. He has to make that catch if he expects to see more playing time.

Heath Miller – I hate to put Miller on this list, but his fumble led to three points at the end of the first half and that really changed the momentum of the game. While it was a low throw on the final drive from Ben Roethlisberger, Miller should also be charged with a drop as the ball hit him in the hands.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I felt that Beachum also had a good game today

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Winners – Steelers. Losers – Ravens

    This gives the Steelers some hope. It also hurts our most bitter rival (the vial, disgusting, diseased and infested Ravens.) This doesn’t salvage the season, but every win is a good thing and wins against the Ravens should always have extra meaning. Cheers!

  • Eric

    I want to add Woodley to the winner list because he had a great game and our only sack. I am also adding Paulson for not fumbling this time, although he almost did. Losers should include Jason Worlids for being invisible again, except for 1 tackle, Marcus Gilbert for making Guy Whimper look serviceable, and Cortez Allen, who had 6 tackles, but gave up 41 and 22 yards on two passes to the Raven Receiver he was covering. I agree with Moye to the extent that he blew an opportunity to be amazing.

  • Eric

    He did have a good game, but he gave up at least 1 sack and a few pressures. I know that Suggs and Dumerville are a tough OLB combo.

  • Shawn S.

    Can’t disagree with your list. Add Troy for the aggressiveness he displayed tonight, and all season. Jumping the O-line on the FG attempt was ill-advised, but it made a statement we needed. He’s one of the few players pushing the envelope, living on the edge and we need that. I know it’s not error-free football, but we need some swagger and he is providing it. (Nice hit on WR for the second straight game, too.)

  • NW86

    I wouldn’t put Sanders on my winners list. He was invisible on offense, his primary position. He made one good KR, which could have been great if he had stayed in bounds.
    I also wouldn’t put Moye on my losers list. He had to targets today, and both were catchable, but neither was an easy catch. He made one play, didn’t make the other. On the one he didn’t make, it’s not as if he was wide open and the ball hit him in the chest.
    Agree with the rest – Suisham for sure, he’s been the most consistent performer on the team. Honorable mentions to Ben and Woodley, who both played solid games, just as they should as the two highest paid players on the team.

  • NW86

    Troy had a very up and down day, he had a couple other bad plays, but also made some great ones. Jumping on the FG would have turned out much worse if the Ravens had accepted the penalty, got the ball at the one, and made the 2-point conversion. Of course, as it turns out the Steelers would have still won, but that could have been bad.

    Other than that one play, I would agree with you, the aggressiveness generally is worth the bad play or two because it keeps the other team guessing.

  • chris ward

    Good to see the Steelers finally get the run game going. O-line blocked well and Bell did a good job hitting the holes.

  • Shea Fahr

    Paulson was also able to Block today. Great Game.

  • dgh57

    On the winners list should be Todd Halley coming out with his most innovative game since being hired with this new Wildcat offense and the shuffle pass to Miller in all making this offense less predictable. Next up still need to work on getting 7’s instead of 3’s in the redzone!

  • SteelersDepot

    So we punish Sanders for his lack of targets but not Moye? ok, got it. Also receivers should catch passes that hit them in the hands. Sanders return effectively won the game.

  • steeltown

    Like your list

    Ive been saying since the offseason that Sanders should be used on kick and punt returns this year, obviously the play was what it was, but he’s fast and elusive like A.Brown and we should get our monies worth out of him this season

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Ike Taylor belongs on the crap list, got a PI and gave up a bomb again, then a little later gave up a slant and got beat for a nice gain on a third and long, he is definitely showing signs of losing speed.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Moye should have had the td pass for sure, it was easier than the one he caught.

  • Shea Fahr

    When Miller and Moye are the only players on the Loser list, it usually means we Won the Game. No complaints here….

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    As someone who’s been very critical of Woodley in the past, he gets full props from me today and deserves to be on the winners list.

  • SteelersDepot

    you should go back and watch the catch by Smith. Taylor had GREAT coverage on the play.

  • Eric

    Good point. Haley finally gets some love.

  • Shawn S.

    Like the nod for Shamarko.

  • Dr. Doom

    Big loser-Raves fan who was running his mouth in the bathroom.

  • alex

    hope is for dreamers.

    this was a statement game that we are in it to win it!

    Beachum, Bell and the line will and are developing before our eyes…this means everything for us…and the D just needed that offensive presence to be the top 5 D they are and will be by the end of the season!

  • sean mcmartin

    I had to see it to believe it. Gay was worth re-signing, looks like benching hood was also a great move..

  • sean mcmartin

    Yes, I still wonder why it took four games to make adjustments. But Glad they got it done..

  • Impact3697

    I think the special teams overall should be a winner, they had three good returns, and didn`t give up any big plays. And Suisham was clutch.. One bad play was Mesko`s only punt, that guy has been disappointing to say the least, I see why the Pats cut him

  • Eric

    I am thrilled by the win, but we might want to add our 3rd down defense to the losers list. It seemed like we could not make a critical stop when we really needed to.

  • And Moye’s issue looks mostly related to a lack of playing time. That’s a feedback loop type situation.

  • Haley has been better this year than he was getting credit for, but it is really showing now.

  • r4kolb

    Or he times it perfectly and blocks the extra point and we still win.
    Or the Ravens excepted the penalty and got the ball at the one and took the point off the board and didn’t make the 2 point conversion and we still win.
    It’s Troy being Troy.

  • r4kolb

    Agree Moye has to make that catch. To say Sanders return effectively won the game, not so much. Ben and the O, and Suisham won us the game.

  • dgh57

    Because 1-4 will cause a team to pull out all the stops in a desperate move to get a win.

  • CW

    I’d throw Paulson on the winner list. He’s definitely turning into a good second TE this season. Wonder 7th round pick last year along with Beachum.

    Personally I think it might make sense to throw in an “Okay, but needs improvement” on this list.

    Moye showed a lot for a waiver wire pickup and camp body with no chance of making an active roster and with a little more time could evolve into a great Red Zone threat. Definitely someone who is earning his way towards more opportunities on offense even with the drop in the Red Zone.

    Same with Sanders. He’s showing some splashes of why the Steelers kept him around, but he’s also left a lot to be desired.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Sanders 1 catch 7 yards 2 targets.
    Moye 1 catch 19 yards 2 targets

    Yes the drop was bad, and Ben’s throw was perfect, but if you just look at the stat line…..putting Moye on the losers list is being a bit harsh IMO.

  • Rod Hedrick

    I have to add your boy Whimper.


    For Timmons to get 11 tackles within 3 yds of the LOC, I’m tempted to go the entire DL, but will settle for McClendon, and Heyward as noted, but Brett gave a solid effort at less than full health.


    I thought he played well too…that sack was a grab by the jersey as Beachum was riding him by Ben…really strong hands to bring him down like that I thought so more of great play by Suggs….hats off to Bicknell…the last two games the OL has adjusted and played better in the 2nd half.

  • NW86

    I’m not punishing Sanders or putting him on my losers list, just not calling him a winner. But since you brought it up, yeah, the #2 WR should get more targets than the #4 WR. He was certainly the primary option on more plays, and just wasn’t open.

  • NW86

    Exactly, sometimes when you’re in single coverage you can do everything right, but if the play is perfectly executed by the offense, you still don’t stop it. Ike is still a great CB, and anyone who disagrees simply isn’t paying attention to all his tough assignments during the game.

  • 20Stoney

    You’re right. Now he just needs to pay his dog sitter!

  • 20Stoney

    I think it was more the timing and the possible ramifications of the drop that got him there. On the plus side, he didn’t lay on the ground and act like he was hurt, and he was stand up about it after the game.


    Moye on the losers list? Give me a break….only one person on the planet knows how easy or tough that catch was to make! Ever consider that he might have been unsighted at the last minute and couldn’t eye the ball in?

    If anything Antonio’s drop last week was worse,…and he made the winners list last week!!

  • Bob Graff

    I thought the o-line played very good, they dumped the zone blocking and now are playing more straight up. The play calling was good they are starting to get away from the draw and bubble screen and are incorporating some slants ,double move and they actually ran a shovel pass. I hope they keep improving i think now everyone realizes how hard it is to play good football with the large number of starters they turned over this year. Now if they can stay healthy and keep improving who knows.

  • Bob Graff

    Once again labeling receivers it not hard to figure out who should get the targets, the open guy.

  • CrazyTerry

    Haley is on my winners list. Two games in a row against the Ravens, his offense has put up 23 and 19 points against the Ravens without the help of the kind of defensive turnovers we used to get in the series in the latest game. And this with some bad fumbles by his players in both games. He had some awful gameplans early in the season, but the offense has been much improved in the last 3 games.
    Sanders should be the full time returner once Wheaton comes back healthy and is integrated into the offense better. Take AB off of returns. AB is too valuable as the primary receiver to risk him on returns plus AB’s judgement has been suspect since that Dallas game scared him that he could make an error any time. Felix had one nice return, but I still prefer Sanders.

    RYAN CLARK is on my LOSERS list. Once again, victimized by Flacco on a game tying or game winning TD.

  • Bob Graff

    You are right , but Haley being Haley costed us at least 2 games he only changed when the noose was around his neck.

  • Which two were those? The Tennessee game yes, but mistakes on the field are what cost us the other games we were in, not Haley’s play calling.

  • Bob Graff

    Haley constantly running that stupid draw play and those bubble screens with no blocking over and over . Slowed this offense down for 4 games . Like i said it was only when his job was on the line that he broke out of his peanut shell. He was pounding a circle into a square for 4 games. I won’t forget it because i know he’s a stubborn man and will be at it again before long.

  • Maybe you should re-watch them. For two of those four games we averaged 25 points and 450 yards a game to go along with more 20+ yard plays than we’ve seen in a long while, and that with the offense being slowed by a ton of turnovers from Ben. I don’t know what games you were watching but thiee aren’t the plays Haley was relying on against the Bear or Vikings.

  • Chad H

    Sanders return set up the win. So he is on the winners list. I would like to add Woodley and Heyward to the winners list. I know we don’t have an honorable mention but I would add Foster there. I’ve been critical of his play but he played well in this game. OL is improving as a unit. Clark to the losers list.


    OL play has improved…be it scheme or whatever but they are adjusting to what teams are throwing at them…b-t-b weeks they played better in the 2nd half.

    I have to give to Haley for going off the grid with some wildcat…the flow of the game kind of dictating it, but also happy to see him stick with the run. Moye dropping 6 was disappointing, but this was a typical PIT/BAL game.

    We’ve had this debate many times, but I’m a fan of the bubble screen…even if they don’t work for big yds…if the DE chases, it has to have some effect on him holding that edge or getting him to cheat out there and cut inside of him.

  • steeltown

    They cut Mesko mostly because of cap and monies owed in his final contract year, he played great for them.. and I think he’ll play great for us as well

  • steeltown

    I think I’d keep Felix on most kick returns and then put Sanders on punt & some kick returns

  • Jeff

    After all the bashing they’ve taken this season, and deservedly so, the entire steelers OLINE should be on the winners list.

  • JohnnyV1

    Moye’s missed opportunity in the endzone isn’t good and he does need to make that catch, but it would have been a harder catch to make than Brown’s miss last week in the endzone that hit him right in the bread basket. I feel that with his other catch (tremendous), he was even, not a loser.

  • Paul Garvin Kuhns

    I also would have Ryan Clark as a loser for this week as well as this entire season. Aside from an INT that was thrown directly to him and caused by A bump at the line of scrimmage, Clark has shown signs of decline this year. I love the guy for all he has done, but he has been invisible in most games. Only play I can recall him taking place in was biting on the bootleg and giving up the TD. He also missed a ton of tackles against the Vikings. glad to see Shamarko out there on a lot of snaps because of the nickel they almost exclusively played, but when in the normal 3-4 the reigns may need to go to Shamarko sooner than later. I had Thomas as a winner for last night as well.

  • Jeff

    I agree with you. I think this is Clark’s last year. My buddy was at the game and said the fans were giving him an earful.

  • Dr. Doom

    My winners list

    Ben Roethlisberger, finally some scrambles.
    Offensive line from left to right
    Todd Haley-great job with play calling yesterday
    Le’veon Bell-very patient waited for holes to open, not the fastest guy but that first step is dangerous.
    Special Teams except Mesko-Held down Jacoby Jones, Suisham was money, and being ready for the stupid onside kick.

    Loser list-Ryan Clark-Good job Kevin Colbert not giving him an extension he is finished, want to see more Shamarko there but not sure if he is a strong or free.

    Zoltan Mesko-Awful punt no hang time I expect competition soon.

    Ike Taylor- Ike just has trouble with speedy wr over all was not horrible but could have really hurt.

    John Harbaugh-idiot

    heinz field-chicken should not taste like fish.

  • John Hinton

    (re: Mesko) The big question here is when?! He’s had plently of time especially the way we played during the first 4 games. He really put us in situations in London.

  • John Hinton

    Agreed. What gets under my skin the most is how far off our CBs play in critical situations like 3rd down!!!

  • John Hinton

    Is it time to bench Clark for Golden or Shamarko? I think it is worth serious consideration. Perhaps this will light a fire under Ryan like it did with Dwyer after he was released…he’s clearly a different player now.

  • steeltown

    He kicked well against Tenn, Cinci and NYJ, but yea he and pretty much the rest of the Team had a bad game in London

  • Jonathan Pacella

    I would add Woodley to the winners for the sack and some consistent pressure. Plus, that guy has some huge guns! 🙂 I too hate to see Miller on the losers list… 🙁 He just didn’t seem himself to me.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I thought that Worilds and Woodley both had above average games. Cam Heyward also showed his presence. I am happy for Whimper getting some good press for a change but am I the only one who watched him go in to pass protection mode on a running play once he got in to the game? Luckily it had no bearing but seeing him step back and rise while the rest of line was pulling and pushing was kind of indicative of his well known past. That aside, kudos to Guy.

  • steeltown

    Clark is still 2nd on the Team in total tackles, by far its not even close. He’s 2nd only to Timmons who just had a MONSTER game. I agree there are signs of decline, but he’s still the best option…. for now

  • Bob Graff

    So far this year we are averaging 17 points per game. against the vikings and Bears we did over use the bubble screen and the lead draw after those games started getting out of hand it was obvious Ben was winging it.the fact remains. Haley is a very poor coach and coordinator. I watch all the games very closely as i have for the 48 years.

  • Whatever, have it your way. Your opinion is clearly the only valid one, facts be damned.

  • r4kolb

    Also would like to mention that Sanders bringing the ball out after fielding it deep in the end zone is really not a good idea. He got lucky but easily could have put us in a hole deep in our own end. Not very smart if you ask me. Granted he got lucky and it ended up good but I would say more often then not it will not be that way.