QB Roethlisberger takes blame for Steelers’ 1-2-1 start
Baltimore Ravens: Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley said he wasn’t quite 100 percent healthy at Pittsburgh on Sunday night but he felt good enough during practice to play. Mosley bought into the plan presented by defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who challenged the Ravens to set the tone and not wait for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to dictate the game’s pace to them. “What our mindset was, when Wink came in on Tuesday, was … they’re going to worry about what we do instead of us worrying about what they do. A great game plan. Our guys executed. What we talked about during the week — all running to the ball, all on our coverages, all on our pressures — we did a good job getting off the field on third down and backing it up.”
Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver Tyler Boyd posted a career-high 11 receptions at Atlanta and the third-year receiver has 17 receptions for 232 yards it the past two weeks. A.J. Green, who caught the game-winning touchdown to beat the Falcons, said defenses are quickly realizing Boyd can’t be checked one-on-one. “He’s so good at getting in and out of his breaks, coming across the field, shallows,” quarterback Andy Dalton said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence and he understands exactly what we’re doing and how to run routes. It showed with the production that he’s had. I think he’s put in a lot of work. I think a lot of it is just natural for him too. He’s got a great feel for the game.”
Cleveland Browns: Head coach Hue Jackson lamented turnovers in the third quarter as the reason the Browns couldn’t hold on after building a 28-14 lead over the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Baker Mayfield took responsibility for the loss in his first career start, but Jackson said special teams and defense were also disappointing. In the end, turnovers were the difference. “They are not all on Baker, but at the same time, I appreciate him taking responsibility for it,” Jackson said. “The first quarter is over with. We’ve earned the record of 1-2-1. This team is talented, gritty, tough. I like that. But we’ve got to finish. When we’ve got a team on the ropes, we’ve got to give them that knockout shot. … This team feels different. This team is more talented.”
Pittsburgh Steelers: Leading the NFL in passing yards (1,414 yards) was no prize in the mind of Ben Roethlisberger after a loss at home to the Ravens dropped Pittsburgh to 1-2-1. Roethlisberger said he’s “not on the same page as anybody right now, because I’m not playing well enough,” while lamenting the team’s inability to convert on third down in the second half of the Sunday night loss. “I haven’t played well enough,” Roethlisberger said. Specifically getting out of the blocks slowly, Roethlisberger said was an issue. “We’ve got to be better. I didn’t make enough throws. Didn’t make enough plays in the second half.”
–Field Level Media
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