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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest September 30, 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.
clear concerns after two weeks

0-2. That won-loss record tells us what the Steelers are, and the particulars of those first two games of the 2019 season say that’s what they deserve to be. Nobody saw this coming, especially not in the way it has unfolded. After being completely outclassed in the opener against New England, the home game against West Coast Seattle in the early time slot on the East Coast that was supposed to set the stage for a bounce-back mostly served to show that their inadequacies were more deeply rooted than casual observers suspected. The loss to the Seahawks was by 28-26, but the margin fails to reflect the Steelers failures in all three phases of the game in critical situations. And when a team fails in critical situations in all three phases early in…

4 min.
breaking down the seattle game

We lost a number of guys in this game, but that wasn’t the reason we didn’t win this game. We were fully capable with the guys that were on the field. We didn’t make enough plays, to be quite honest with you. We didn’t play clean enough, particularly in some moments. We have to get better. We accept responsibility for it. We are not looking to make excuses. Just certain things in that game you cannot do. We got off the field, got a penalty on the field goal, allowed those guys to extend a drive and get a four-point swing. We got DPI (defensive pass interference) down the field. We had opportunities down the field on the other side. A ball went through our hands for an interception. We have to…

7 min.
seattle game coverage

1:05 p.m. – What Went Wrong: After Seattle won the coin toss and elected to defer, the Steelers went three-and-out and were forced to punt. A 5-yard completion to Vance McDonald was followed by a James Conner run for no gain, and then on third down Ben Roethlisberger found no one open before being sacked by Brandon Jackson for a 7-yard loss. 1:09 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers returned the favor on Seattle’s first series, when on a third-and-8 Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt worked a game on the right side of the Seahawks offensive line. Hayward took his man to the outside, and then Watt cut off him to the inside and had a clear path to Russell Wilson, who he sacked for an 8-yard loss. 1:23 p.m. –…

4 min.
defense fails to deliver late

With Ben Roethlisberger out and injured, the Steelers turned to Mason Rudolph and their defense to beat the Seattle Seahawks. Rudolph did his job. The defense did not. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson engineered two fourth-quarter drives that 1) scored seven points, and 2) ran off the final 5:34 to give Seattle not only its first points ever at Heinz Field, but its first win, 28-26. “Ugh,” said defensive captain Cameron Heyward. “That’s the NFL life we live in. You might think you’ve made a good play, and then replay looks at it and the refs say otherwise.” Specifically, Heyward was speaking about a pass interference penalty that was called after a replay review of a second-and-20 incompletion. With T.J. Watt bearing down, Wilson threw a deep ball up for grabs. Tyler Lockett and Terrell Edmunds went…

1 min.
4 first downs by seattle

22/297 Years and days old JuJu Smith-Schuster was in this game when he surpassed Randy Moss at the youngest player in NFL history to reach 2,500 career receiving yards. 2 Touchdowns for Vance McDonald against Seattle, the first two-TD game for a Steelers tight end since the 2017 season opener when Jesse James did it against Cleveland. 7 Receptions for McDonald, matching his career high set Oct. 14, 2018 against Cincinnati. 6 Years since the Steelers had last started a season 0-2. They started 0-4 in 2013 on their way to an 8-8 finish. 38 Yards on a defensive pass interference penalty against the Steelers in the fourth quarter after the play was reviewed. It was longer than Seattle’s longest offensive gain, a 37-yard run by Rashaad Penny. 4 Losses for the Steelers in 19 home openers at Heinz Field after…

5 min.
new england game coverage

COIN TOSS: Steelers call tails. It’s tails. Steelers elect to defer. The Patriots get the football first. 8:27 p.m. – What Went Right: The same team that in 2002 had Tom Brady pass on 27 of 30 snaps in the first half, opened the game with five straight runs, and those played netted the Patriots one first down and then a third-and-10 from their own 35-yard line. When Brady threw incomplete for Julian Edelman, New England punted, and the Steelers took over at their 12-yard line with 11:54 left in the first quarter. 8:35 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers also opened with a run-heavy offensive plan. Five of the first six plays were runs, with the sixth being a 7-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the Steelers gained three first…