Maybe the loss to the Chicago Bears was just what Ryan Shazier and the Pittsburgh Steelers needed.
The Steelers lost to the Bears in overtime, a shocking upset as Bears running back Jordan Howard ran it in for a game-ending touchdown, blowing right by Shazier to do it. On Sunday, they snapped back into form against the Ravens, a division rival, and blew them out 26-9.
“I was mad because we lost,” Shazier said, per the AP’s Will Graves. “We needed that game against Chicago at the end of the day. It really made us figure out the things we need to work on more and more.”
They certainly had it together against Baltimore, and it could easily be argued that dropping one on the road, to the Bears, will impact their season far less than dominating in their divisional games. Those are the ones they really need. If the Bears game was a wake-up call, it could be a good thing overall.
Shazier made an outstanding play against the Ravens, tipping a Joe Flacco pass that was then picked off by cornerback Mike Hilton.
“I don’t really want people throwing the ball in my area,” Shazier said. “I want them to know, if you do, bad consequences. When I feel healthy and I feel good, I feel like I can make plays like that every week. Just to be able to help Mike get his first pick and for the defense to have three turnovers and us to close the game out, that’s all that matters to me.”
Hilton, an undrafted free agent from 2016 who is thrilled to have his first pick and show that he’s a trusted part of this defense, really looks up to Shazier.
“He’s probably the most athletic linebacker in the league,” Hilton said. “The way he can run around, fly, run, jump. He can do it all.”
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