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WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens

5-9, 179Born: 5-12-1979College: UtahDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Smith had a long score that would have won the game called back due to a pass interference penalty, and he also came up small even with Owen Daniels out and Torrey Smith doing nothing, but he should flourish in an easy matchup against Pittsburgh this week.

Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco didn't play well at Cincinnati, throwing 17/34 for 195 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -8 yards. One of his top receivers, Torrey Smith, got his bell rung during the game and though he was cleared of concussion symptoms, Torrey Smith never reeled in a reception throughout the game. Steve Smith saw nine targets but only hauled in 3/35/0 receiving on the day - in fact, backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro led the Ravens in receiving last week with three targets for 2/42/0. Flacco has been trending downwards since his five-TD explosion three games back - he's thrown two and then zero since - and Crockett Gillmore (two targets for 2/23/0) wasn't explosive in place of the injured Owen Daniels in Gillmore's first NFL opportunity as a starting tight end. A malaise has settled over the Ravens' passing attack entering the second half of the season. Flacco did throw two TDs against Pittsburgh back in Week 2 (21/29 for 166 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken). Owen Daniels handled both TDs for Flacco back in September. The Steelers' pass defense runs in the middle of the NFL pack, averaging 250.1 net yards allowed per game (19th in the NFL), with 13 TDs given out vs. six interceptions (tied-17th in the NFL) and 12 sacks (tied-23rd) generated to date. Andrew Luck threw 26/45 for 385 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions at Pittsburgh last week (two sacks taken for -15 yards), while Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed 21/32 for 261 net yards, two TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -1 yard at Pittsburgh two games back. Both of these teams have headed in the wrong direction of late - this matchup looks about even to us before the AFC North rivals clash on Sunday Night Football.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at IND 0 0 0 7 5 34 0 1
6 at TB 0 0 0 6 5 110 1 0
7 vs ATL 0 0 0 5 3 67 0 0
8 at CIN 0 0 0 9 3 35 0 0
9 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
9 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
9 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 5 / 110 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith had another dominate game. Smith got an end zone target but could only get one hand on the pass. Smith ran a double move against Verner who didn't bite on the fake but Smith accelerated and fought past him to catch a well thrown deep ball from Flacco for a 56 yard touchdown. Smith caught a nicely timed slant route for 13 yards. On a later possession Smith caught 3 targets to power a scoring drive. The first was a deep in route for 18 yards. The second was a well-timed comeback. The third was a slant just in front of the defender. Smith remains the Ravens' key chain mover and very involved in the offense.

2014 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith had a relatively quiet game when he wasn't jawing with Desmond Trufant. The two were constantly at each other's necks and Smith ripped off Trufant's helmet after an interception. Smith's first reception was negated by penalty. It was a screen thrown under duress Smith turned into 9 yards. Smith's next reception was a slant between 2 defenders in zone. Smith did well to secure the low pass. Smith showed his acceleration and top end speed are still strong assets for him. He took a quick screen pass outrunning the defense for 49 yards.

2014 Week 8 vs CIN (9 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith picked up his first reception on a crossing pattern against man coverage from Hall for 12 yards. On his second target he appeared to just stop running his route and the pass from Flacco was nearly intercepted. Smith nearly caught the game winning touchdown but was flagged for pass interference as he pulled Iloka to the ground before the ball arrived.


Latest News

Ravens | Steve Smith should play (Fri Oct 24, 02:08 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8.

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Ravens | Steve Smith resting up (Thu Oct 23, 05:19 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: Just some veteran rest here. Smith should be back in action on Friday.
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