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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Pittsburgh Steelers 19, Baltimore Ravens 14

Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense put together an ugly performance on Wednesday night. The Baltimore Ravens were just far worse.

Editor's note: All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

Story of the Game

With Lamar Jackson sidelined with COVID-19, a combination of Robert Griffin III and Trace McSorley led a Ravens offense that averaged just 3.1 yards per play before a surprising 70-yard touchdown pass from McSorley to Marquise Brown late in the fourth quarter.

Griffin completed just 7-of-12 passes for 33 yards and an interception before leaving the game due to injury. The former Heisman winner also took three sacks and finished the game with a 28.5 passer rating. Griffin will likely finish PFF’s grading reviews with a sub-30.0 PFF passing grade.

Opposite Griffin & Co., Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed just 36-of-51 passes for 266 yards, a touchdown and a bad end-zone interception. His PFF grade, however, will come out better than the box-score impression considering that his supporting cast dropped a whopping five passes in the game.

Roethlisberger received little to no help from the team’s ground game, as well. A combination of Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland Jr. combined for just 69 yards from 19 carries (2.6 yards per carry).

Rookie Watch

Steelers rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool finished the game with six receptions for 52 yards and drew a defensive pass interference down the left sideline against Marcus Peters.

Baltimore had two offensive rookies play north of 40 snaps against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night: center Trystan Colon-Castillo and wide receiver Devin Duvernay. Colon-Castillo wasn’t a complete liability in pass protection and failed to add above expectation as a run-blocker. Duvernay was largely an afterthought in the offense and caught just three passes for 20 yards in the game.

Ravens first-round rookie linebacker Patrick Queen has struggled for a bulk majority of this season, but his Wednesday night bout with Pittsburgh was one of his better games this season. He made more than five combined tackles and didn’t miss one on the night.

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