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09/11/2014 NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Daniels, Owen

TE Owen Daniels faced questions about his durability coming out of training camp. However, the veteran is coming up big so far this season. In the Ravens' 26-6 victory over Pittsburgh, Daniels caught five passes for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak likes to use two tight ends, and Daniels paired with Dennis Pitta could present matchup problems for opponents this season.

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Webb, Lardarius

CB Lardarius Webb missed his second consecutive game because of a lower back injury. Webb indicated this week that he was ready to play. The Ravens, however, might be looking at the long term and making sure he can finish the season rather than rushing him back into action. Webb will now get a nine-day break before the Ravens play at Cleveland on Sept. 21.

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Flacco, Joe

QB Joe Flacco appeared to be more comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense this week. He was especially effective when the Ravens went to play-action to keep Pittsburgh off-balance. Flacco completed 21 of 29 passes for 166 yards with two touchdown passes to TE Owen Daniels. "We played better," Flacco said. "We did the little things right, and we made the plays when they presented themselves."

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Bell, Le'Veon

RB Le'Veon Bell was contained by the Ravens' dominant defensive line. Bell had 59 yards on 11 carries, but he really could not find any rhythm throughout the game. The Steelers will need to get him more involved in the offense to take the pressure off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who struggled against the Ravens' pass rush. "We just kept getting behind the chains, and we can't do that," Roethlisberger said. "I don't think it was horrible. You have to give them a lot of credit. They are a good defense."

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Brown, Antonio

WR Antonio Brown left in the first quarter with a possible concussion. However, all of the tests were negative, and he was able to return to the game. With the offense struggling, the Steelers simply cannot afford to lose Brown for an extended period. Brown finished with seven catches for 90 yards against the Ravens. "I'm just thankful I was OK and they let me come back in the game," Brown said. "I got hit in the eye, but everything was all right."

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Roethlisberger, Ben*

QB Ben Roethlisberger has not led the offense to a touchdown in six quarters. He was under constant pressure against the Ravens and never seemed to be able to get in sync with his receivers. Roethlisberger finished 22 of 37 for 217 yards with an interception. He was also sacked twice and finished with a 64.8 passer rating. "It's frustrating because we lost," he said. "We moved the ball. We just made a mistake here and there, and we can't do that."

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Pierce, Bernard

RB Bernard Pierce, who was benched last week against the Bengals after fumbling, had 22 carries for 96 yards (4.4 yard per carry). "Bernard bounced back," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That shows you what he's made of, that shows you his mettle a little bit, and he finished it off in the fourth quarter pretty good

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Jackson, Asa

CB Asa Jackson got his first start of the season, but he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Chykie Brown, who was beaten for the winning touchdown last week against the Bengals, stepped in and did an admirable job against the Steelers. However, depth in the secondary could be an ongoing concern for Ravens coach John Harbaugh. "Asa had a concussion, and I don't think it's too major," Harbaugh said. "But again, you never know about these things."

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Smith, Steve

WR Steve Smith, who had another big game, is quickly becoming QB Joe Flacco's favorite target. Smith had six catches for 71 yards against the Steelers. Last week, he caught an 80-yard touchdown against the Bengals. Smith is confident Baltimore has the tools to be a formidable team this season. "We're special," he said. "We can do special things."

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