"I let a tight end beat me," Reed said. "I take that hard. It was me trying to make a play. I know he could do two things, and I went for the first move."
His performance just added to Pittsburgh's recent offensive dominance over the Ravens. In losing the past five meetings to the Steelers, the Ravens have allowed an average of 30.4 points.
"You're always shocked any time you play the way we played," said linebacker Ray Lewis, making his first start since missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. "It was too many mistakes. It was simple stuff. If Pittsburgh would have come out and beat us, I can take a punch under the chin and say, 'We lost.' But we did everything opposite of what we usually do."
The Ravens scored both of their inconsequential touchdowns in the final 17 minutes.
Their first touchdown drive, which was capped by Jamal Lewis' 14-yard run, was helped by 57 yards of pass interference penalties on Pittsburgh cornerback Dewayne Washington. The second featured Boller's first touchdown pass after the Steelers fumbled at their own 2.
"We gave them both of their touchdowns," Burress said.
But the Steelers weren't about to give them any edge in the division race. Though the Ravens consider themselves to be the chief threat to Pittsburgh this season, there was no power shift in the AFC North yesterday.
"I think we told them that they can talk the talk but you still have to play football," Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon said. "Until we lose, we're still the defending champs of this division. I think we sent a message today."
The Ravens left with a message of their own.
With the Cleveland Browns coming to town Sunday and 16 weeks remaining on the schedule, the Ravens believe they can turn this disastrous start into a rewarding ending.
"One game has never defined a team," Ray Lewis said. "You have to understand that there's 15 games left. Until we figure out that we're not as good as we think we are, but we're willing to work for it, we'll be all right."