Steelers’ players are no doubt disappointed about Sunday night’s 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, which put them two games behind in the division, but there is no time to dwell on it with two AFC North games in the upcoming weeks.
“Everybody is positive about moving forward,” said cornerback Keenan Lewis. “We can’t get down on one game, even though it was a significant game. We have to push through. We have more games to come.
“We know we can’t get too far behind those guys. We’ve got to try to win this division. That will help us in the playoff race. We know that. They are two games up right now and we have to win out.”
They will attempt to start doing that this Sunday on the road against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the division, but Lewis knows the Browns will bring their “A” game this week.
“It’s real important to win this division game,” said Lewis. “Those guys have been playing extremely hard and well even though their record doesn’t match up. They are a great football team and we know that. They are going to come out and give everything they have and we have to be ready to go.”
That shouldn’t be hard for Lewis, whose play has continually picked up since he became a starter at the beginning of the season.
“I am starting to see my play get better,” said Lewis. “Having an opportunity to be out there more and recognize different schemes and adjust to the speed of different offenses has helped me out this year a lot.”
Lewis’ development showed against the Ravens, when he finished with 10 tackles, one for a loss, and broke up two passes.
“Each week is definitely a new learning experience,” said Lewis. “You are going against a new offense and new coordinators and they like to do different things with different schemes. Every week I have to watch film and try to get better.”
One area Lewis knows improvement is needed to be in the mix in the division is creating turnovers. Despite holding the Ravens offense scoreless, limiting Ray Rice to only 40 yards rushing and Joe Flacco to 164 yards passing, the defense didn’t create any turnovers.
“We know we have to create turnovers,” said Lewis. “We have to try to find a way to put points on the board in games like that, when it’s close in a race like that. We have to find a way to not let them put points on the board, even if it’s field goals. We have to get turnovers.”