5:26 Justin Tucker kicks a 44-yard field goal to win the game. Baltimore wins 26-23.
7:24 Smith-Schuster fumbles the ball that’s recovered by Baltimore. The ruling of fumble is upheld after the review.
15:00 The Steelers win the coin toss and decide to defer.
0:10 Justin Tucker drills a 48-yard field goal to tie the game with 10 seconds left in regulation.
2:40 Chris Boswell converts a 33-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 23-20 lead.
6:05 Sam Koch blasts a 57-yard punt after the Steelers defense held Baltimore back at their own 1-yard line on the possession. Pittsburgh starts their drive at their own 48.
9:23 Earl Thomas picks off the pass from Devlin Hodges. Baltimore starts the drive on the Steelers 40-yard line.
11:39 Justin Tucker kicks a 26-yard field goal to tie the game at 20.
12:51 James Washington will not return to the game with a shoulder injury.
1:56 Mason Rudolph is officially diagnosed with a concussion. He will not return to the game.
3:42 James Conner finishes the Steelers scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Steelers claim their first lead of the game, 20-17. The touchdown is confirmed upon the review.
7:29 Devlin Hodges is in at quarterback for the Steelers.
7:29 Earl Thomas gets called for roughing the passer after the hit on Rudolph.
7:29 Mason Rudolph is knocked out after completing a pass to James Washington.
8:22 Jackson’s pass is intercepted by Devin Bush. The call is held up after a review.
0:00 Mark Barron is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, per Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten.
0:03 Chris Boswell successfully kicks a 29-yard field goal to make the score Ravens, 17 Steelers 13 at half time.
0:07 A big roughing the passer penalty against Pierce gives the Steelers a first down and goal from the Baltimore 11.
0:37 Jackson’s pass is intercepted by Hilton to give the Steelers the ball to close the first half.
3:12 Watt and Williams sack Jackson on consecutive the next plays. The back-to-back sacks force a Baltimore punt.
4:45 Chris Boswell connects on a 41-yard field goal. Pittsburgh ends up with 3 points after a -7-yard scoring drive. Baltimore leads 17-10.
5:53 Ravens receiver Marquise Brown is being evaluated in the medical tent. He is then spotted heading into the locker room.
6:42 Jackson’s pass is intercepted by Kameron Kelly, who returns the ball 10 yards. Pittsburgh now starts their drive at their own 16 following the turnover.
11:21 Larmar Jackson to Marquise Brown for the Ravens touchdown. Baltimore now leads 17-7.
2:41 Mason Rudolph throws a 35-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster that included JuJu using his athleticism to get by the defender. The Steelers cut the Ravens lead to 10-7.
4:48 Mark Ingram runs in for a 4-yard touchdown, extending Baltimore’s lead to 10-0.
7:24 Justin Tucker kicks a 27-yard field goal to cap off a 10-play 50 yard drive. Baltimore takes an early 3-0 lead.
FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), OLB Anthony Chickillo (foot), DE Isaiah Buggs, G Fred Johnson, T Chukwuma Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry, WR Donte Moncrief, DE Isaiah Buggs
CB Jimmy Smith (knee), QB Trace McSorley, WR Jaleel Scott, CB Anthony Averett, ILB Kenny Young, G Ben Powers, DT Daylon Mack
Sunday, Oct. 6 2019, 1 p.m.
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.
66 degrees, light rain
OUT: Steelers FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), OLB Anthony Chickillo (foot)
Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe), ILB Vince Williams (hamstring)
Ravnes DT Brandon Williams (knee), OL Matt Skura (knee), CB Cyrus Jones (foot)
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Steelers Sign another from XFL, DE/LB Dewayne Hendrix
The Steelers have signed former Pitt defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, Steelers Now has confirmed. The news of Hendrix’s signing was first reported by NFL Draft Diamonds.
Hendrix, 24, was most recently with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. He also spent time on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins last season.
In five games with St. Louis, Hendrix made four tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry.
A two-year starter at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee, Hendrix finished his Panthers career with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He played in 25 games total for Pitt from 2016-18 and made 24 starts.
Hendrix missed the 2016 season with a season-ending ankle injury suffered on the first series of the game. He sat out 2015 at Pitt after playing in seven games with the Volunteers as a true freshman.
At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, Hendrix played defensive end at Pitt, but could be more suited to be an outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. He’s essentially the same height and weight as starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree.
What to Expect from a 38-Year-Old Starting Quarterback
On March 2nd, Ben Roethlisberger turned 38. When the NFL season starts in September, Ben will be 38 years old and entering his 17th year as the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even at this age, Ben is reaching rarefied air. Since 1969, there have been only 54 quarterbacks that played into their age 38 season. Of those 54, 46 of them started a game and just 22 finished the season with starts in more than half the games that season.
Discounting the fact that Roethlisberger is recovering from elbow surgery, what can we expect from a 38-year-old quarterback? Surprisingly, the answer is plenty.
From 1969-1999 quarterbacks playing in their age 38 season on average threw for 2,665 yards with 15 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Not gaudy numbers, but some of that has to do with the eras in which these quarterbacks played. Even more encouraging, they had a 63% winning percentage.
From 1969-1999, five Hall of Fame quarterbacks played to age 38. Some experienced more success than others.
In 1978 Fran Tarkenton threw for 25 touchdowns and over 3,400 yards but tossed up 32 interceptions and went 8-7-1 on the season. In 1983, Ken Stabler went 7-7 at age 38, but threw 18 interceptions against only 9 touchdowns and fewer than 2,000 yards. Warren Moon went 9-6 in 1994, but had more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (18). In 1999, Dan Marino went 5-6 at age 38, throwing 12 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.
On the positive side, all-time great Joe Montana had 3,283 yards through the air and a 2:1 TD to INT ratio (18-9) with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994 and John Elway won a Super Bowl in his age 38 season. Elway may have been relying on Terrell Davis at that time, but still put up nearly 3,000 yards along with 22 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.
As sports science and training regimes have improved, it’s become more commonplace to find quarterbacks 38 and older still having success, or even dominating in the league.
In 2007, Brett Favre at 38 threw for over 4,000 yards and added 28 touchdowns to only 15 interceptions as the Packers went 13-3. Kurt Warner a year after his Super Bowl loss to the Steelers still had plenty in the tank at 38. The veteran quarterback started 15 games, going 10-5 with 3,753 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 picks. Even journeyman Josh McCown put up 18 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions and 2,900 yards in his age 38 season.
Peyton Manning, 4,727 yards, 39 TD, 15 INT (12-4)
Tom Brady, 4,770 yards, 36 TD, 7 INT (12-4)
Drew Brees, 4,334 yards, 23 TD, 8 INT (11-5)
However, depending on how you view Roethlisberger, a closer proxy may be former Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers. Rivers’ age 38 season was statistically one of his worst as the team went 5-11. Rivers threw for 4,600 yards but threw nearly as many interceptions (20) as touchdowns (23).
What will Roethlisberger be like when he comes back? If history offers any clues, there’s no reason to think he can’t be a highly effective player on his return. Quarterbacks at his level in this era– i.e. future Hall of Famers–have historically had success at age 38 and beyond.
It’s impossible to predict when a player will “lose it”. But as long as his elbow is healed and there’s not a significant loss of arm strength, there’s no reason to think that Roethlisberger won’t be able to return to his per-injury, high-level of play.
NFL Quarterbacks at age 38, >7 starts, since 2000
All data from Pro Football Reference
What Eric Ebron Can Bring to the Steelers
When the Steelers signed free agent tight end Eric Ebron to a two-year, $12 million dollar deal, these kinds of performances probably helped convince them to make the offer.
The Steel City’s new tight end.
— NFL (@NFL) March 23, 2020
The 6-foot-4, 253-pound tight end shows fantastic body control, great feet, and a penchant for making combat catches over multiple defenders. What’s not to like?
Over the past two seasons, the former 1st round pick of the Detroit Lions is 8th in receptions (97) and yards (1125) and first in touchdowns (17) amongst all tight ends.
Now the bad news. The kind of things you don’t see in highlight videos.
Ebron is last in the NFL over the last two seasons in catch percentage at just 59.9% (50 receptions minimum). That’s 10 points lower than Steelers starter Vance McDonald over the same time period. In 2019 with the Colts, Ebron took a major step back–which can be somewhat excused with Andrew Luck’s retirement–starting only two games. Ebron also had his receptions and yards halved from 2018, 66 to 31 and 750 to 375.
Obviously the Steelers are hoping to get the 2018 version of Ebron that racked up 14 touchdowns and 44 first downs and was sixth in the league in receptions and fifth in yards.
If Ebron can rediscover his red zone magic and thrive with a veteran quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger they could have a dynamic pair of tight ends between he and Vance McDonald.
A big if, but a healthy McDonald and a revitalized Ebron would give the Steelers a receiving tight end combination in the top echelon of the league at a cap hit of under $10,000,000 dollars.