The offensive line produced ample time and space (ATS) on 17 of 33 drop backs resulting in a pass or sack (51.5%), which is outstanding by 2019 standards, but also deceiving.  The bad news is that the Steelers sacked Jackson on 4 of the 16 times he didn’t have ATS as well as one other time he ran into a sack with ATS.  Furthermore, the Steelers were successful in terms of splash plays while rushing 4 men on 24 of 33 drop backs. 

The Steelers rotate their front 4 minimally and were eventually tired by cumulative snap count (Baltimore outsnapped them 73-51 for the game) and long drives late in the game.  That resulted ATS on 11 of the final 15 drop backs beginning with the 2nd drive of the 3rd quarter.

The Ravens ran 73 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).

Stanley:  Ronnie played well but did not seem to be on the same page as LG Bradley Bozeman.  He and Bozeman were unable to negotiate a stunt handoff of Dupree and Williams which resulted in a sack (Q2, 3:19).  It’s a tough charge for either that I split.    I also split the charge for Heyward’s pressure (Q1, 0:56).  On that play, neither Stanley nor Bozeman made a good attempt to block Heyward rushing through the left B gap.  Afterwards both players went face to face for several seconds while gesturing, so it is clear there was a disagreement on responsibility.  Ronnie missed 6 blocks, 4 of which were low-cost plays where he could not find a block in level 2 or on the backside of a run play.  He was beaten by Dupree’s spin move (Q4, 0:54), but Bozeman gave him a fine help block as he disengaged.  Stanley had 4 blocks in level 2 and delivered 1 pancake.  His highlight was a combination on Heyward then Barron to lead Ingram’s 4-yard TD (Q2, 4:54).  He also received an adjustment for drawing the neutral zone infraction on Devin Bush that turned a 4th and 6 to 4th and 1 (Q3, 9:27).

Scoring:  73 plays, 64 blocks, 6 missed, ½ penetration, ½ pressure, ½ sack, 59 points (.81 per play).  That’s a B+ with an adjustment. 

Bozeman:  Bradley struggled as both a run and pass blocker.  In addition to the sack shared with Stanley (see above), he shared a sack with Brown where he allowed the pocked to be phoneboothed on what would become Watt’s sack (Q2, 3:57).  He surrendered 1 other full pressure to Heyward by bull rush (Q1, 10:21).  He received 2/3 of the charge for Heyward’s QH (Q3, 10:21).  Bozeman missed 5 blocks, made 7 blocks in level 2, and delivered 3 pancakes.  He scored just 7 of 11 points on his pulls, including half share of a penetration.  His most impressive of 3 highlights was a 5-yard drive of Heyward on a pull (Q1, 2:18).

Scoring:  73 plays, 62 blocks, 5 missed, ½ penetration, 1 pressure, 2/3 QH, 1 (2 x ½) sack, 51 points (.70 per play).  That’s a D after adjustment.

Skura:  Matt played another solid game, but his score was hurt by 2 large deductions.  He gave up a solo sack when bulled then shed by Heyward (Q2, 1:03).  He was also flagged for illegal use of hands when he briefly grabbed Hargrave’s face mask (Q1, 7:09).  He did not have any other negative events, but 2 of his 3 missed blocks were losses at the line of scrimmage (LoS).  Skura made 2 blocks in level 2 but tripped on his only pull.  His highlight was a combination on Alualu, then Barron (Q1, 9:20).

Scoring: 73 plays, 69 blocks, 3 missed, 1 sack, 1 illegal use of hands, 57 points (.78 per play).  That’s a C after adjustment at center. 

Yanda:  Marshal had his first sub-par game of 2019.  He was bulled then shed by Hargrave for a 3-yard sack (Q4, 0:54).  He surrendered 2 other pressures by bull rush from LB Vince Williams and DT Stephon Tuitt (Q2, 11:32 and Q2, 7:31).  Tuitt also pancaked him to drop Ingram for a loss of 1 (OT, 10:00).  Marshal missed 4 blocks, made 5 blocks in level 2, and delivered 2 pancakes.    He  pulled successfully on all 3 of his assignments.  His highlight was a textbook stunt handoff of Tuitt and pickup of the looping Watt (Q4, 0:20).

Scoring:  73 plays, 65 blocks, 4 missed, 1 penetration, 2 pressures, 1 sack, 53 points (.73 per play). That’s an C with adjustment.  His last game below an A grade was last year’s Wild Card game against the Chargers.

Brown:  Orlando had another solid performance.  He shared a sack when beaten outside by Watt as Lamar faced front side pressure (Q2, 3:57).  He was also flagged for ineligible man downfield (declined) on the Ravens second TD drive (Q1, 0:56).  He missed 7 blocks, only 3 of which were losses at the LoS.  He had 2 blocks in level 2 and delivered 2 pancakes.  He missed his only pulling assignment.  I did not score him for a highlight.

Scoring:  73 plays, 62 blocks, 7 missed, ½ penetration, 1/3 QH, 1/2 sack, 1 ineligible downfield, 54 points (.74 per play).  That’s a B with adjustment.

If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, those charts will be posted shortly and updated weekly.