Mike Vick was not an improvement on the Michael Vick we’ve watched over the last few seasons. For most of Thursday night’s game, the Steelers let their defense and running game carry the day.

Pittsburgh almost seemed afraid to let Vick drop back and pass too much during the team’s crushing 23-20 loss to Baltimore. He completed 19 of 26 passes, but the completions only gained 124 yards for a 4.4 average.

Vick was sacked four times, mostly because he held the ball too long. He fumbled once. Late in the game, when the Steelers needed Vick to throw, we saw why the Steelers used such a conservative game plan.


In a game full of memorable mishaps, Vick’s high throw on fourth-and-one in overtime stands out.

“That last pass is going to haunt me for a long time,” Vick said.

Vick had Antonio Brown open and airmailed him. It was as if the veteran knew what a big play it was for his career, and it showed. We saw some analysts after the game question why Vick, a left-hander, was making a more difficult pass to his right. But Vick certainly wasn’t thinking about the play call after the game. He knew he had a receiver open and he did not deliver what should have been a routine play.

The Steelers had their bitter rivals down and out, staring at 0-4 multiple times — and they let them off the hook.

“One of the toughest losses of my career,” Vick said.

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