It’s been one scapegoat after another, starting as far back as last season when they won 11 games, went to the playoffs and weren’t facing an organizational crisis. Remember, from last year right until the middle of this one, everything was blamed on Odell Beckham Jr., and McAdoo never wasted a chance to weigh in.
This season, McAdoo suspended Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in separate weeks. Someone leaked damaging info about Eli Apple in a film session — unnamed, but that was another player in the firing line. The offensive line has been picked at; so have the running backs; so have the wide receivers, even when they were dropping like flies.
Touchdown Baltimore. The Ravens march down the field and finish a nine-play, 78-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Chris Moore, cutting Baltimore’s deficit to 14-7. Running back Alex Collins received five carries during the drive.
Touchdown Steelers. Le’Veon Bell takes a handoff and punches it in from 1-yard out to give Pittsburgh a 14-0 lead. Bell already has two total touchdowns while Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 111 yards.
J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks (23.7): It’s become clear the team won’t rely on Barea for heavy minutes in response to Dennis Smith Jr.’s injury — he’s averaging 23.5 MPG over his past six games — but we can expect his steady scoring and assist production to continue. He’s averaging 11.7 PPG, 7.2 APG and 1.7 3PG over this recent sample. Yogi Ferrell (4.0) is also an intriguing addition, but his value is tied directly to Smith’s absence.
Flacco scrambles out of the pocket and is chased down and sacked. The clock runs out and the Steelers hold on for the one-point win.
Jeremy Maclin nearly makes an incredible catch along the sideline that would have moved Baltimore into field goal range. But after review, he was ruled out of bounds. The Ravens now face a third-and-10 from their 39 with 16 seconds to play.
Field goal Pittsburgh. The Steelers take a 39-38 lead on a 46-yard field goal by Chris Boswell with 42 seconds to play.