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Steelers notebook: Many players expect Ravens’ Suggs to be fined for late hit

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The Ravens' Terrell Suggs celebrates sacking the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Heinz Field.

Multiple Steelers players expect the NFL to fine Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs for driving into the back of running back LeGarrette Blount’s legs as he was stacked up at the end of a 6-yard run.

“The refs made a personal foul call, and we got the 15 yards, and we moved on,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “But (he) got flared up, and rightfully so.”

Roethlisberger’s 6 touchdowns surprise Ravens’ Suggs

Count Suggs among those surprised by Roethlisberger’s six touchdown passes — as many as he’d had against the Ravens during the 2010-13 seasons combined, plus the first game this season

“You could have never sold me on that during the week. … (But) he wasn’t doing anything differently. He was just making plays,” Suggs said. “I guess once you get in the groove … (you) can make some plays. His receivers made some plays for him. He played a phenomenal game.”

Roethlisberger impresses Beuerlein

Former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein, now a CBS Sports analyst, said Roethlisberger is “whipping the ball like never before.

“He’s never been a big numbers guy compared to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. But these last two weeks, he’s come out and said, ‘I can sling it with the best of them.’ “

5 goes into 3 for WR Bryant

Martavis Bryant is the first Steelers rookie — and the first NFL rookie — since tight end Eric Green in 1990 to catch five touchdown passes in his first three NFL games.

Green caught five in his first two games but only two in his remaining 11 games that season.

“Everybody has to wait for their opportunity,” said Bryant, who wasn’t active for the first six games. “When the opportunity presents itself, you have to take advantage of it.”

Close games a thing of the past

Before each team won by 20 points on its home field this season, nine of their previous 11 Ravens-Steelers games were decided by three points or fewer, including all four games in 2012 and 2013.

Penalties on the wane

After having 91 penalty yards or more in three of their first four games, the Steelers have averaged only 53 penalty yards during their three-game winning streak.

“You can’t beat yourself if you want to be a tough team to beat,” Tomlin said.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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