Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers offense exposed after Ravens game, claims Chase Young
The Pittsburgh Steelers had their impressive winning streak ended on Monday night after Ben Roethlisberger had a pass tipped and intercepted by the Washington Football Team. After the game, Chase Young and Montez Sweat seemed to agree that they may have exposed Pittsburgh’s offense.
“Really a lot. Schemes, certain guy’s tendencies,” Young said via NBC Sports Washington. “I would say tendencies of the offense and certain things they like to do out of different looks Baltimore executed on. I feel like we did too.”
Before coming into the game, it’s evident that Washington’s defense watched film on what the Baltimore Ravens did to stifle the offense of the Steelers in Week 12. The Ravens were able to hold Pittsburgh’s offense to only 19 points and nearly beat them despite having their third-string quarterback under center.
Throughout the game on Monday night, Washington’s defensive line dominated despite not logging a single sack on Roethlisberger. Washington’s defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage and didn’t give Roethlisberger any easy throwing angles.
Late in the game, the Steelers had possession of the ball with nearly two minutes remaining. And after tipping two of his passes earlier in the contest, Sweat deflected another one that led to a game-sealing interception by Jon Bostic. NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala pointed out that Sweat claimed he knew the pass was coming his way.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 8, 2020
At the same time, Roethlisberger apparently congratulated Sweat, but the veteran quarterback was ‘frustrated’ all game, per ESPN’s John Keim.
After one of his tipped passes, Roethlisberger said something to Sweat.. Told him it was a good play.
"He was a little frustrated; you could tell in his demeanor. … Could tell we was getting under his skin."
— John Keim (@john_keim) December 8, 2020
In recent weeks, the offense of the Steelers has looked stagnant and teams may be beginning to get the blueprint on how to stop them. Following their first loss of the season, Pittsburgh’s offense will look to get back on track in Week 14 versus the Buffalo Bills.