Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught five passes for 42 yards on nine targets in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens .
The Steelers ran a very conservative offense with Mike Vick under center, and the veteran quarterback didn't make any kind of case for the team to open things up next week in San Diego. Of course, Brown Bears still should have managed a decent stat line, but he dropped what would have been a 36-yard touchdown pass on one of Vick's few nice throws. Although it was a difficult, sliding catch, a player of Brown's caliber makes that play at least three-quarters of the time.
It's usually unwise to make too much of any single game, but it's pretty clear (if it wasn't already) that Brown's value needs a significant adjustment for the drop-off from Ben Roethlisberger to Vick. With a weak San Diego run defense on the Week 5 schedule, the Steelers figure to lean heavily on Le , hoping to minimize Vick's impact.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick completed 19 of 26 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, adding nine carries for 33 yards, in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens .
Vick completed 73 percent of his passes and didn't turn the ball over, but it was still an ugly performance. He was largely responsible for at least two of his sacks, and he missed some very simple throws, including one on fourth down in overtime that didn't look like it could have come from an NFL quarterback.
To be fair, Vick should've had a 36-yard touchdown pass earlier in the game, but Antonio Brown uncharacteristically dropped a sliding grab. As will likely be the case until Ben Roethlisberger (knee) returns, the Pittsburgh offense was incredibly reliant on Le , who had 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 29 touches (seven receptions).
Even with an excellent supporting cast and decent matchup, Vick will be tough to trust in a Week 5 road game against the San Diego Chargers . Given San Diego's early struggles against the run, Bell should be in for another busy night.
Brown continues to be the most consistent receiver in football, though things could change after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of the game because of a knee injury, leaving Michael Vick under center. There are concerns that Roethlisberger could miss a number of weeks due to the ailment, and Vick's chemistry with Brown will be a huge factor in how well the Steelers play in Roethlisberger's absence. Up next is a quick turnaround to face the Ravens on Thursday.
The NFL's leading receiver from last season has picked up right where he left off, having accumulated 328 receiving yards through two weeks. Brown is an absolute beast in every format, and has been well worth the first-round pick most owners had to invest to land him this year.
A meaningless garbage-time catch netted
Brown, however, was productive throughout. He finished with nine receptions for 133 yards, including the 11-yard scoring strike on the last play of the game.
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