NFL Week 5 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Baltimore Ravens 10

2T0PWPW Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) catches a pass in front of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, left, and carries it into the endzne for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Pittsburgh Steelers outlasted the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5 to leave both teams at 3-2 on the year.

The Ravens took the lead early on a 14-yard touchdown run from Justice Hill, before adding to it with a 23-yard field goal by Justin Tucker in the second quarter.

They looked set to extend that lead, but a turnover helped the Steelers get in position for a field goal. The score was 10-3 at the half after the Ravens passed up on the opportunity for an easy Justin Tucker field goal and failed on fourth-and-2 with 19 seconds to go.

That’s how the score remained until the Steelers blocked a punt early in the fourth quarter, resulting in a safety. A short Chris Boswell field goal made it 10-8 with 7:10 left in the game.

As weird a game as it had been to that point, it was about to get weirder. The Steelers fumbled on a punt return, giving the Ravens the ball inside their opponent's 10-yard line. Baltimore failed to score, though, with Lamar Jackson throwing an interception to Joey Porter Jr.

The Steelers then scored on a long touchdown from Kenny Pickett to George Pickens and closed out the win.


Offensive spotlight: The Ravens' offense has the potential to be scary if they can fire on all cylinders, but once again they were their own worst enemies at times. Baltimore hadn’t had a dropped pass by a wide receiver through four games. By the end of the first half, they had three.

Lamar Jackson went 22-of-38 for 236 yards and the team racked up 125 yards on the ground, but those drops, along with a Justice Hill fumble and a curious decision to go for it on fourth down, will have frustrated fans. More drops and a costly Jackson interception in the fourth quarter turned what could have been a four-touchdown day into a loss.

The Steelers needed a spark on offense, and they got it in the form of George Pickens. The second-year player out of Georgia pulled in six receptions for 130 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 10 targets. He also added 16 yards on his lone rushing attempt. When Kenny Pickett needed a receiver to make a play, Pickens was there throughout the game.

Defensive spotlight: Marlon Humphrey‘s return boosted the Ravens' defense, but he ultimately allowed the game-winning touchdown to Pickens.

T.J. Watt was a game-changer for the Steelers on defense, causing issues both as a run defender and a pass-rusher. He notched a huge sack in the first half where he blew past Ravens backup right tackle Patrick Mekari, and he came up big at the end of the game with a sack and fumble recovery in the final moments.

Elandon Roberts was a standout against the run, including a key third-down stop on a Justice Hill carry late in the game.

Rookie spotlight: The Ravens continue to feed the ball to Zay Flowers. The rookie wide receiver saw 11 targets, catching five of them for 73 yards — although he did have two drops.

Joey Porter Jr. made the play of his young career in this contest, proving too strong for Odell Beckham Jr. on a throw into the end zone. An incompletion would have allowed the Ravens to take a five-point lead on a field goal, but the interception gave the Steelers more life and they didn’t look back.


Box Score

Passing
Baltimore Ravens
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Lamar Jackson 11.94 22 / 38 236 6.2 0 1 30 4 65.2
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Kenny Pickett 12.36 18 / 32 224 7 1 0 41 3 88.5
Rushing
Baltimore Ravens
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Justice Hill 13.5 7 32 4.6 1 14 1
Lamar Jackson 11.94 6 45 7.5 0 26 1
Gus Edwards 4.8 12 48 4 0 11 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
George Pickens 29.6 1 16 16 0 16 0
Kenny Pickett 12.36 6 -6 -1 0 2 0
Jaylen Warren 10.9 9 40 4.4 0 16 0
Najee Harris 5 14 37 2.6 0 8 0
Receiving
Baltimore Ravens
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD Long
Justice Hill 13.5 4 4 13 3.2 3.2 0 10
Mark Andrews 12.5 10 6 65 6.5 10.8 0 16
Zay Flowers 12.3 11 5 73 6.6 14.6 0 29
Nelson Agholor 10.4 5 4 64 12.8 16 0 30
Odell Beckham Jr. 3.3 4 2 13 3.2 6.5 0 7
Rashod Bateman 1.8 3 1 8 2.7 8 0 8
Devin Duvernay 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD Long
George Pickens 29.6 10 6 130 13 21.7 1 41
Jaylen Warren 10.9 3 3 39 13 13 0 23
Allen Robinson II 7.9 9 5 29 3.2 5.8 0 10
Connor Heyward 5.3 4 3 23 5.8 7.7 0 12
Najee Harris 5 1 1 3 3 3 0 3
Miles Boykin 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Calvin Austin III 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darnell Washington 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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