The Steelers got back to basics on Sunday with some “ground and pound” football.

“Smash mouth football, Pittsburgh style.”

Jerome Bettis defiantly said those words as he sat on the sideline. He had just run over Brian Urlacher of the Bears to score the game-clinching TD in a crucial game at Heinz Field. The win over the Chicago Bears began the 2005 Steelers 5-game winning streak to end their regular season, and propel them on a Super Bowl run. The Bears had the No. 1 defense in the NFL. Urlacher was the leader of that defense, and considered the best LB in the league. So how do you defeat a tough, physical, defense? You meet force with force.

That’s what the Steelers did on Sunday. They were heading into Baltimore, a place where they hadn’t won since 2012. Ben Roethlisberger hadn’t won there since 2010. The Ravens had their typical imposing defense waiting.

The Steelers first possession defined exactly how the game would be played. Since they began with the ball on their own 3-yard line, it’s no surprise the Steelers started with 2 consecutive running plays. It was 8 plays in that told us everything we needed to know about the Steelers approach in Week 4.

A sack of Ben Roethlisberger had the offense facing a 2nd and 18. Instead of lining up with their predominant personnel grouping of 1 RB1 TE, and 3 WR (11 personnel), and throwing a short or screen pass, or even a draw play, this is what we saw:

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