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NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: Baltimore Ravens 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 23

Lamar Jackson was far from perfect in this one, but he did enough to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 26-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.

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Final Score

Baltimore Ravens 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 23

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens' pass offense seems to be currently orbiting around Marquise Brown and his absence throughout most of the game was apparent.  Lamar Jackson targeted Brown three times in the red zone hauling in one up the seam after sneaking through the Steelers' defense.

Despite running the ball a ton, the Ravens did not create a lot of holes against the stout Steelers' interior.  Holes that were created were often made by left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who blew Pittsburgh linebacker Mark Barron into his own end zone and cleared the path for the game's opening touchdown.

Earl Thomas recorded two defensive stops and zero missed tackles on his way to a strong single-game performance against Pittsburgh.

After giving up almost 200 rushing yards a week ago, the Ravens turned around and gave a solid performance against the Steelers' rushing attack. The unit struggled in the first quarter, giving up 19 yards on three carries, but it solidified itself in the remaining frames. Interior defensive lineman Michael Pierce was the biggest disrupter for the Ravens, as he disrupted the flow on multiple runs while recording a couple of stops.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh defensive interior Cameron Heyward disrupted the Ravens' offense all game. He recorded multiple pressures and should finish reviews as one of the Steelers' highest-graded players on the defensive side of the ball.

Mike Hilton had a strong outing against Baltimore. He had multiple defensive stops and came away with an interception in coverage.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a roller-coaster of a game Sunday. He started off strong, taking his second catch 35 yards for a touchdown against Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey. The Ravens cornerback got the last laugh, however, as he punched the ball out of Smith-Schuster's grasp in overtime to set up the Ravens' game-winning field goal.

The Steelers' offensive line did a solid job of keeping its quarterbacks clean. Despite facing a variety of stunts, the unit gave both Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges substantial time to throw throughout the game.

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