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Ravens vs. Steelers Live Updates: Scores, highlights, statistics, analysis

Ravens vs. Steelers Live Updates: Scores, highlights, statistics, analysis

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers rekindle their rivalry on Sunday in a pvotal Week 9 showdown. 

Despite losing four straight games, the Ravens (3-4) have a chance to move into a tie for first-place in the AFC North with a win over the heated rivals.

The Steelers (4-3), enter the game having lost two straight, but hope the bey week gave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enough time to heal his knee injury. The Ravens enter Sunday's game with a three-game win streak over the Steelers, and have won three straight against their rivals at home in Baltimore, Md. 

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Steelers vs. Ravens Week 9 Live Updates:

FOURTH QUARTER

4:20 p.m.: Worst onside kick ever? Worst onside kick ever.

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4:15 p.m.: Big Ben is making things interesting. With the Ravens doubling on Anotnio Brown and Jesse James, Roethlisberger scampers for a red zone touchdown. It's now 21-14 Ravens with 48 seconds left. 

4:01 p.m.: Roethlisberger slings the ball down the field, looking for the TD on fourth down. The pass falls incomplete and the Ravens take over with 3:08 to go. It "looks" like the Ravens will win this one. But you never know. 

3:49 p.m.: The Ravens' backfield hasn't beren great, but they've eaten up clock and given the Ravens the balance they need to make their passing game effective.

3:41 p.m.: Roethlisberger sure is good at extending plays/ He finds Antonio Brown 23 yards down field in the end zone, and the Steelers finally get on the board. 21-7, Ravens.

3:36 p.m.: The Ravens go for two and Steve Smith hauls it in. 21-0 good guys. 

3:34 p.m.: BLOCKED PUNT TOUCHDOWN! Chris Moore scoops a Buck Allen blocked punt and takes it to the house. Ravens lead 19-0.

THIRD QUARTER:

3:17 p.m.: Justin Tucker has yet to miss a field goal this season. The Ravens now lead 13-0. Tucker is a perfect 18-for-18 this season. He has more makes from 40+ (11) than he does extra point makes (9).

3:09 p.m.: Timmy Jernigan snags a tipped pass and Ben Roethlisberger is picked off. The Steelers have ended their drives today with one of the following three things: A) Punt, B) Half or C) Turnover.

3:00 p.m.: It looks like Flacco broke his knee brace, which is only slightly better than breaking his knee. But man, Flacco needs some work in his sliding technique.

2:57 p.m.: Joe Flacco attempts to slide after a seven-ayrd scamper, and digs his leg into the turf. Oh man. That looked baaaaaaad.

SECOND QUARTER:

2:35 p.m.: The Steelers rack up two mor penalties before the end of the half and Justin Tucker connects on a 49-yard FG as time expires because Justin Tucker doesn't miss. Ravens lead 10-0 at the half. 

2:21 p.m.: We have an Antonio Brown sighting. His first catch comes with under 3:00 left in the second half. That seems less than ideal. 

2:15 p.m.: Darius Heyward-Bey is out for the rest of the game and Mike Wallace is being looked at on the sidelines. 

2:07 p.m.: The Ravens are shooting themselves in the feet, but the Steelers are self-destructing. After a roughing the kicker penalty, the Ravens get the ball back. The Steelers have 51 total yards of offense and 65 yards wortyh of penalties. 

1:50 p.m.: Former Maryland WR Darius Heyward-Bey, is down on teh field after trying to haul in a deep pass from Roethlisberger. That does not look good. 

1:43 p.m.: Steelers are driving, but Roethlisberger doesn't look to be 100 percent and the offense isn't clicking.

1:38 p.m.: Mike Wallace to the house! The former Steeler takes a slant route 95 yards for the first score of the game.

FIRST QUARTER:

1:26 p.m.: New week, same Ravens team. Another costly penalty sets up a third-and-long, and Joe Flacco throws a costly interception. Artie Burns there to pick him off. 

1:22 p.m.: Devin Hester hasn't been great this season, but he contionues to pile up the yardage. He's now in the Top 3 for all-time punt return yards.

1:19 p.m.: STEVE SMITH SR. BACK!

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1:15 p.m.: The Ravens drive stalls after two missed passes and a penalty, which sound slike each of the Ravens' four previous games in a nutshell. Also, we have our first injury update of the game.

1:12 p.m.: Ravens are feeding the tailbacks. Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon are running right up the middle for some good yardage. The Ravens have already eclipsed their game total agains the Jets.

1:09 p.m.: Steelers first possession ends three and out. Berry shanks the punt and Devin Hester doesn't even field it. The Ravens come out running the ball, as they've done in the previous few games. The question is: Will they keep it up throughout the game? 

1:05 p.m.: It's go-time. The Ravens will kickoff. The game startds with Ben Roethlisberger under center.

PREGAME:

12:50 p.m.: It wouldn't be an NFL game without ridiculous pregame cleats. Here are Antonion Brown's entry. #MajorKey #BlessUp #WeDaBest.

12:20 p.m.: OK, this is much better. Today is the #SaluteToService Game. This is a great photo.

12:15 p.m.: What you do at your tailgate is none of my concern. But well ... maybe let's not burn Terrible Towels. There's a lot of stuff you can do to make the Terrible Towel look bad that doesn't require lighting it on fire.

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12:05 p.m.: The Ravens are 8-9 against the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger as the starting QB. That doesn't bode well for the Ravens, despite having won three straight against the Steelers.

11:30 a.m: The inactive list is out. Ben Roethlisberger will start for the Steelers. Steve Smith is Sr. is ready to go for the Ravens.

11:15 a.m.: Ben Roethlisberger is getting warmed up in the tunnel. Will he play? It looks like it will be a gametime decision. Even Landry Jones doens't know what the plan is. 

11:05 a.m.: Good news, everyone! Steve Smith Jr. is on the field and will play today!

10:55 a.m.: Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live blog for Week 9 Ravens vs. Steelers. I am your esteemed host Troy Machir. You'll want to follow me on Twitter, so you can criticize me for my #bias analysis and bad sports takes. Be sure to follow Clifton Brown, Bo Smolka and Brent Harris, who are anchoring our coverage at M&T Bank Stadium today. 

 

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Wide receiver Willie Snead thriving with Ravens as man in the middle

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Wide receiver Willie Snead thriving with Ravens as man in the middle

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Willie Snead has a knack for weaving through a row of linebackers in the middle of the field before making a clutch catch for the Baltimore Ravens.

Such was the case last Sunday against Tennessee, when Snead squeezed between two defenders for a 24-yard gain on a third-and-17 from the Baltimore 15.

"He's on the ground, he makes the catch, he's getting pushed back to the ground, stepped all over, and he just gets up and gives the first-down signal right there in the guy's face," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That's the kind of competitor he is. He's all ball, all the time."

Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome rarely chases restricted free agents, but he made an exception with Snead this past offseason after it became apparent that the receiver's three-year run in New Orleans was done. One of Drew Brees' favorite targets in 2015 and 2016, Snead began last season with a three-game suspension for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. He then fought a hamstring injury and finished with just eight catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns.

Armed with a two-year, $10.4 million contract, Snead was delighted to arrive in Baltimore last April.

"Last year just left a really bitter taste in my mouth, the organization and how everything was handled," Snead said Tuesday. "To be a part of this organization was just a breath of fresh air. I wanted to go somewhere where I'm wanted."

It couldn't have worked out better for Snead -- and the Ravens.

"To see that you were right, to see all that come together and him play so well, being exactly what you thought you were going to get, is very rewarding," Harbaugh said.

Snead was one of three free agent receivers signed by Newsome in an effort to enhance a passing game that sputtered in 2017. Snead is the possession receiver, Michael Crabtree provides an outside threat and John Brown is the speedster.

Snead and Crabtree are tied for the team lead with 30 catches. Brown has 21 receptions for a team-high 424 yards and three touchdowns.

"I don't have the physical ability like John Brown to run by you, and I'm not big and strong like Michael Crabtree," Snead observed, "so I have to work harder than everybody else just to stand out."

That's how it's always been for Snead, who finally finds himself in a place where his talent is acknowledged and appreciated.

"This is a guy that's been doubted his whole career -- high school, college and the NFL," Harbaugh said. "So I'm fine if they keep doubting him."

After starring as a quarterback at Muskegon Heights in Michigan, Snead played three years as a receiver at Ball State before going undrafted in 2014. He finally made it to the NFL the following year.

"Coming out of college, (people said) I left too early, I wasn't ready to play in the NFL," Snead recalled. "And in the NFL, it was, `Is he fast enough to separate? Can he make those plays in clutch situations?' I've always been doubted."

Not anymore.

"I'll tell you one thing, Willie comes Sunday ready to play," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. "He's one of the toughest guys I've been around."

This Sunday, the Ravens (4-2) host the Saints (4-1). Snead insists this wasn't one of those games that he circled on the calendar.

"This is another team. I have to approach it that way just to stay focused," Snead said.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton has seen enough of Snead this season to know he's a threat with the ball, and without it.

"He has a tremendous amount of grit. You see him making plays on third down," Payton said. "He's an outstanding blocker. He'll come across in motion, he'll get to the point of attack in the run game, but he'll also find the holes in the zone and man-to-man coverages."

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Snead has no problem mixing it up with anyone, large or small, at any spot on the field.

"He can go inside or outside, but man, he makes some -- scouts call them blood area -- catches," Harbaugh said. "In the middle, that's where he thrives."

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Dominant defense earns Ravens' Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

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Dominant defense earns Ravens' Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

The defensive performance on display by the Baltimore Ravens Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in a 21-0 shutout win was flat out historic. So historic that it's earned linebacker Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

A franchise-record 11 sacks were laid on quarterback Marcus Mariota during the Week 6 matchup, with Smith leading the way with three of them.   

So far this season the 26-year-old has 20 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. As someone who is in the final year of his rookie NFL contract, he's certainly proving he is worthy of getting paid this offseason. 

"It feels great, man. It's big," Smith said of the honor during media availability Wednesday. "I know when I first found out I called my mom and she was already looking at it. But I called her and she was trying to congratulate me and was like 'who would've ever thought the guy that played one year of high school football would be where he at now and making so many goals.'"

But earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week isn't the only goal Smith has in mind. His performance through the first six weeks and assisting the No. 1 ranked scoring defense is just a stepping stone to the ultimate honor.

"I was telling her, 'Ma you know this is a good self-goal but my main goal is to get us to the Super Bowl.'" 

The road to the Super Bowl for Smith and the Ravens continues this Sunday vs. Drew Brees and the Saints. 

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