Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers: What We Learned

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Nov 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) attempts to throw the ball as he is sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens offensive line needs to get back to game speed

Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele have both missed substantial time with injuries. Though both have returned, neither looks quite healthy yet.

Monroe especially got whipped on numerous occasions, looking slow and stiff. Those familiar with his play know Monroe is neither of those things when healthy. As he gets back up to speed, Joe Flacco should feel more comfortable in the pocket.

Osemele, meanwhile, was still relatively effective last night, but he too looked slower and not as strong as he had earlier in the year. Osemele doesn’t have quite the track record that Monroe has, so whether or not he can regain his early season form is a question mark.

If these two perk back up, though, this offensive line can still be among the league’s best. Their continued progression will be a story to watch going forward.