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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest

December 14, 2019

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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12 Issues


4 min.
washington, snell stepping up

It is 12 games into the 2019 regular season, and as improbable as it is, the Steelers are in the AFC playoff picture. They are in the playoff picture despite having played all but six quarters of said regular season without Ben Roethlisberger but with offensive personnel and a scheme crafted specifically to maximize his skill set. They have had to adapt on the fly, without a training camp to formulate a new plan and without a preseason to serve as a proving ground both for that plan and for the players to be charged with implementing it. On Dec. 1 at Heinz Field, the Steelers took care of some important items of business, chief among those being their 20-13 victory against the Cleveland Browns. That was Job 1 because the…

4 min.
breaking down the big victory against cleveland, the performance of hodges, and the work of snell

It feels good to win always, but it definitely feels good to win when you are faced with adversity in terms of people available to you. There’s just less margin for error. Not that we feel like we are incapable, we just realize we have to play closer to optimum level. They did what they needed to do tonight. I thought particularly in the second half at halftime, we didn’t want to talk too much specifics. We felt like we needed to minimize their run in the second half more than we did in the first half and we needed to run it better than we did in the first half. We felt like even though it was 10-10 at the half, they had won the line of scrimmage. They had…

6 min.
cleveland game coverage

Steelers’ record: 7-5 • One year ago: 7-4-1 1:17 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Yes, the Steelers forced the Browns to settle for a red zone field goal after initially having a first-and-5 at the 6-yard line, but along the way Cleveland converted two separate third-and-long situations. The first of those was a third-and-7 when Baker Mayfield completed a 19-yard pass to Jarvis Landry, and the second came on a third-and-14 when Mayfield completed a 15-yard pass to Landry that initially was ruled incomplete before being overturned on replay. Austin Seibert’s 31-yard field goal gave the Browns a 3-0 led with 7:31 remaining in the first period. 1:23 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers offense was only on the field for three plays, and none of them were particularly impressive. After…

4 min.
haden helps finish the browns

Associate Editor Pittsburgh finished it. An even better T-shirt might say something like this: Joe Haden finished it. The former Browns cornerback finished the Cleveland Browns, so it was only fitting. The Steelers rallied to beat the Browns, 20-13, in what loomed as a potentially volatile rematch of a game in Cleveland two weeks ago that ended in an ugly melee. The Browns won, and for some odd reason wanted to blame the loss of their madman defensive end, Myles Garrett, on Mason Rudolph, and thus the “Pittsburgh started it” T-shirt worn in public by Browns coach Freddie Kitchens. The Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead, while the Steelers and their practice squad offense had gained 18 yards. They were facing a third-and-9 from their own 18 on their third possession and looked dead in the water.…

1 min.
by the numbers - vs. cleveland

21 Times in the 21 seasons since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999 that the Steelers won at least one game against Cleveland. The Browns’ last season sweep against the Steelers came in 1988. 12 Consecutive victories for the Steelers at home when facing a starting QB drafted No. 1 overall. 32 Years since an undrafted rookie quarterback had won his first two starts before Delvin Hodges did it. The last to do it was Washington’s Ed Rubbert, who won two strike-replacement games in 1987. 111 Receiving yards for James Washington, who recorded his first career 100-yard game. 34 Length of Kerrith Whyte Jr.’s first kickoff return of the game. It was the longest of the season for the Steelers, topping the 26-yard return by Ryan Switzer at New England in the season opener. 8 Steelers players on the…

6 min.
cincinnati game coverage

Steelers’ record: 6-5 • One year ago: 7-3-1 1:09 p.m. – What Went Wrong. After giving up one first down on Cincinnati’s opening possession, the Steelers defense forced a Kevin Huber punt. The kick traveled 52 yards and bounced sideways out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 2-yard line, where the offense began its first possession. 1:14 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers offense went three-and-out, but the punt team stepped up and made a play. Punting out of his own end zone, Jordan Berry boomed a 60-yard punt, and gunner Justin Layne defeated the guy blocking him and made the tackle on the return for no gain. 1:31 p.m. – What Went Wrong: There were a lot of good things that came from a drive that began at the Steelers 25-yard line…