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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest February 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.

United States
Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues


4 min.
turnovers tell the tale of ’18

The Steelers’ 2018 season ended Dec. 30 at Heinz Field with a 16-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, but today what feels more significant than how it ended with that win is why it ended with that win. Beating the Bengals raised the Steelers’ record to 9-6-1, but all that gets them is the distinction of being the team with the best record to miss these playoffs, because Baltimore defeated Cleveland to win the AFC North, and Indianapolis handled Tennessee to secure the sixth and final spot in the conference playoffs. Over the next many weeks and months, there will be an avalanche of opinions and theories offered as to why this season ended with no playoffs for the Steelers. Some will be based on statistics and others will be driven by…

9 min.
discussing chemistry, distractions, defensive play calls, team mvp, other issues

Many players talked at length after the season ended about a lack of chemistry. What role do you play in fostering that? Man, I accept responsibility and I foster and develop every aspect of our culture. That’s this game. That’s leadership. You embrace and respect and honor all aspects of that, certainly. Is there a point where you have to step back and look at the way your coaching your team and be more of a disciplinarian? Certainly, I think that you’re always taking a step back, and when I’m talking about taking a step back and wallowing in it, I’m not only talking about those that play and those that coach in there; I start with (pointing) the thumb. Most certainly, you’re not going to routinely do the same thing and expect…

5 min.
steelers 16 | bengals 13

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 4:34 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers’ opening possession didn’t result in any points, but Jordan Berry’s 40-yard punt had the Bengals starting at their own 10-yard line. But on the play, long-snapper Kam Canaday was flagged for holding, and so the Bengals got to start at their own 20-yard line instead. 4:38 p.m. – What Went Right: A run for no gain, a 5-yard completion, and then a run for 4 yards, and the Bengals opened with a three-and-out. The Steelers took over at their own 21-yard line after Ryan Switzer went with a fair catch on Kevin Huber’s punt. 4:58 p.m. – What Went Right: The Bengals converted a couple of third downs, but a sack by Anthony Chickillo set up a third-and-13 that…

1 min.
by the numbers - vs. cincinnati

7 Receptions for Jaylen Samuels, tying the season high for a Steelers running back. James Conner also had seven against Baltimore on Nov. 4 and Samuels had seven against Oakland on Dec. 9. 11 Consecutive victories in regular season home finales for the Steelers. This was the second such victory against Cincinnati. There have been five against Cleveland and one each against Baltimore, Carolina, Denver and the St. Louis Rams. 12 Steelers games decided by seven points or less in 2018. The victory against the Bengals made them 6-5-1 in those games. 3 Field goals made by new kicker Matt McCrane, a season high for the Steelers this season. 16 The Steelers’ point total was their lowest in a victory since Sept. 27, 2015 when they defeated the St. Louis Rams 12-6. 39 Receiving yards…

5 min.
a tale of two season finales

The Steelers rallied to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 16-13, after falling behind 10-0 in the first half. But the rally wasn’t really the most exciting part of the evening at Heinz Field. That occurred afterward as the Steelers remained on the field to watch the Cleveland Browns attempt to upend the Baltimore Ravens and send the Steelers into the playoffs as AFC North champions. Yes, it was a tale of two games. And scoreboard watching — even via iPhone — was the only way to take in both simultaneously. Here’s the timeline: 4:26 p.m. — James Conner rips off a 5-yard run and in Baltimore Nick Chubb rips off a 6-yarder for the Browns on first plays and we’re off and running. 4:28 p.m. — Eli Rogers loses 4 on a reverse and Breshad Perriman…

6 min.
saints 31 | steelers 28

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 4:29 p.m. – What Went Wrong: After receiving the opening kickoff, the Steelers managed one first down — on a 15-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster — but then the next three plays gained just 3 more yards. Jordan Berry’s 57-yard punt sailed into the end zone, and the Saints started on their own 20-yard line. 4:38 p.m. – What Went Right: Under the category of “the other team has coaches, too,” Sean Payton replaced Drew Brees with Taysom Hill after Brees was 2-for-2 for 23 yards. Hill attempted to get the ball deep to Ted Ginn, but Sean Davis intercepted in the end zone. His 27-yard return plus a personal foul penalty on Josh Hill gave the Steelers the ball at their own 40-yard line. 4:45 p.m.…