Upon further review ... Revisiting our 10 predictions

Upon further review ... Revisiting our 10 predictions
December 4, 2012, 9:45 am
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It's time once again to look under the replay hood and see how our 10 predictions for the Steelers game fared:

1. Ray Rice will not rush for 100 yards. ...

CORRECT. After being held to 2.0 yards a carry in Pittsburgh, Rice was much better this time around, with an average of 6.5 yards per run. But he only ran 12 times, for 78 yards, including his 34-yard touchdown run. Other than that, his average was about 3 yards a carry.

2. ... but he will get his 20 touches.

INCORRECT. Rice had only 12 carries and one reception against the Steelers, and inexplicably did not touch the ball in the fourth quarter. Rice was diplomatic afterward, saying it was "situational football." Fine, but here's the situation: The Ravens were playing with the lead or tied in the entire fourth quarter. Rice, the team's best offensive player and the guy who got the huge contract in the offseason, needs to touch the ball in that situation. Period.

3. Joe Flacco will complete at least 60 percent of his passes.

INCORRECT. Flacco had one of his worst home games of his career, never getting into a rhythm and either badly overthrowing or underthrowing several balls. He threw one interception and lost a fumble when he was strip-sacked by James Harrison. Flacco finished 16-for-34 for 188 yards and a passer rating of 61.9, his second-lowest at home in the past three years.

4. Anquan Boldin will have at least five receptions.

CORRECT. Boldin, like many of the Ravens receivers, had a frustrating afternoon capped by an offensive pass interference call he was fuming about afterward. He also thought he was interfered with in the end zone on a pass that went incomplete. Boldin was targeted a team-high 12 times by Flacco and finished with five catches for 81 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown.

5. The Ravens will score at least two offensive touchdowns.

CORRECT. The offense wasn't firing on all cylinders, by any stretch, but they did find the end zone twice, with Boldin catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Flacco and Rice making a nifty bounce-to-the-outside touchdown run of 34 yards. They also missed several chances, including a first-and-goal at the 10 that ended with a field goal.

6. Jonathan Dwyer will have a rush of 20+ yards.

INCORRECT. Right idea, wrong back. Dwyer led the Steelers with 16 carries for 49 yards, and scored on a 16-yard touchdown run. The Steelers have three tough backs, and the Ravens did a decent job, holding them to 96 yards on 26 carries. Backup Isaac Redman had the Steelers' longest run, a 24-yarder.

7. The Ravens will intercept Charlie Batch.

CORRECT. Batch certainly showed his rust at times, overthrowing an open Antonio Brown and overthrowing a ridiculously wide-open Mike Wallace in the end zone. He did throw one interception, with Ed Reed picking off a pass from Batch in the end zone. The Ravens actually had two picks, with Corey Graham staying at home and intercepting a razzle-dazzle pass by Brown.

8. The Ravens will win the turnover battle.

CORRECT. The Ravens weren't as careful with the ball as they needed to be, or had been of late. Flacco threw an interception after scrambling, and also lost a fumble when he was sacked by James Harrison. But the Ravens recorded three turnovers -- with interceptions by Graham and Reed and a fumble recovery by Reed when Emmanuel Sanders dropped the ball after a reception. That left the Ravens at plus-1 on the day, and now plus-13 on the season in turnover margin.

9. Charlie Batch will be sacked at least twice.

CORRECT. The Steelers patchwork offensive line fared much better this time than they did at Heinz Field, though the Ravens did record two sacks on Sunday. Paul Kruger, who was a menace at Heinz Field, was fairly quiet in this game, but he did have one sack but also a huge roughing the passer penalty late in the game. Arthur Jones also recorded a sack, giving him three in the past two games.

10. Ravens 27, Steelers 13

INCORRECT. We predicted that the Steelers could stay in the game if they could run the ball. In the end, it was 37-year-old Charlie Batch who beat them. He exploited big openings in the middle of the field at times, and went 5-for-5 on the Steelers final drive, which ended with the game-winning field goal as time expired.