Upon further review .. Revisiting our 10 predictions

Upon further review .. Revisiting our 10 predictions
November 20, 2012, 10:00 am
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) runs for a 19-yard touchdown pass play in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

(David Richard-US PRESSWIRE)

It's time once again to go under the replay hood and see how our 10 predictions for the Steelers game turned out:

 1. Joe Flacco will throw for 200+ yards ...

INCORRECT. Flacco had finished 20-for-32 for 164 yard One factor might have been the effects of being hammered by Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel on his first snap. Another could have been the concussion that knocked tight end Dennis Pitta out of the game after three plays. Or simply solid coverage from the league's No. 1 defense.

2. ... But Byron Leftwich will not.

INCORRECT. Leftwich, making his first start since 2009 in place of Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs), took a few shots downfield but overall looked rusty and uncomfortable, and speculation is that he was injured when he scampered for a 31-yard touchdown on the game's third play. Leftwich played the entire game, though, and just reached the 200-yard threshold, going 18-for-39 for 201 yards.

3. Torrey Smith will have a catch of 25+ yards.

INCORRECT. The Steelers did a great job neutralizing Smith, who nearly went without a catch for the first time in his career as a starter. Smith was targeted seven times, and almost connected with Flacco on a bomb down the middle, but the ball was tipped away by Ike Taylor. Smith finally made his only reception, for 7 yards, in the fourth quarter.

4. The Steelers will run more than they pass.

INCORRECT. The Steelers' run-pass balance was the subject of a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking in Pittsburgh. Media and fans questioned putting the game plan on the arm of Leftwich rather than the legs of backs Jonathan Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman (who left with a concussion). Overall, the Steelers rushed 27 times and passed 39 (plus three sacks.)

5. The Steelers will have at least 140 yards rushing.

INCORRECT. The Ravens did a nice job against the run, though they appeared to wear down late in the game. Other than Byron Leftwich's 31-yard touchdown run, the Steelers did not have a rush for more than 11 yards. The Steelers finished with 27 carries for 134 yards, and tossing out Leftwich's run, they averaged about 4 yards a carry.

6. There will be a missed field goal.

CORRECT. The Heinz Field open end, where swirling winds are always a problem, claimed another on Sunday night as Justin Tucker pushed a kick wide right from 41 yards. It was just the second miss of the season for Tucker, who hit from 39 at the open end and made a 26-yarder as well.

7. Steelers tight end Heath Miller will have at least five catches.

INCORRECT. Miller had a quiet night, with two catches for 22 yards. He was targeted five times, and would have had one more catch were it not for the punishing hit laid on him by Corey Graham on the Steelers' final possession.

8. Byron Leftwich will be sacked at least twice.

CORRECT. The Ravens got to Leftwich for three sacks and nearly had more. Paul Kruger was in Leftwich's face all night, as he poured in off the edge and absolutely dominated Steelers rookie tackle Mike Adams, playing in place of injured Marcus Gilbert (ankle). Kruger had a sack, as did Haloti Ngata and James Ihedigbo, who buried Leftwich with a punishing hit on a safety blitz.

9. There will be at least one personal foul penalty.

CORRECT. The officials did a decent job keeping things under control. Hines Ward not being on the field certainly must have helped, but overall, there was not a lot of extracurricular nonsense, and pushing and shoving after the play, particularly on special teams, was defused quickly. Ravens safety Ed Reed, though, did get hit with a personal foul penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit that led to a one-game suspension, which Reed is appealing.

10. Steelers 17, Ravens 16

INCORRECT. Things looked good for the Steelers early as they scored on their third play, but then were held out of the end zone for the next 59 minutes. The Ravens offense never did find the end zone, but a punt return touchdown by Jacoby Jones and a pair of field goals from Justin Tucker was enough to give the Ravens their third straight regular-season win at Heinz Field.