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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest October 12, 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

In this issue

4 min.
steelers get complete effort

This is how they have to play. As a team, with each unit doing its part, and every player on each unit contributing something to the overall effort, even if that contribution is nothing more than not screwing up. The game against the Cincinnati Bengals came on the fourth weekend of their regular season, at the end of the first quarter to keep it in the parlance of the sport, and the Pittsburgh Steelers finally put together a complete game. Not a complete game in the sense that each unit was perfect, but a complete game in the sense that each unit supported and complemented the others. That it happened against a Bengals team that’s still an 0-fer in the post-Marvin-Lewis era might mitigate the outcome for some, but getting the job…

8 min.
talking about the victory against cincinnati, the tight ends’ role in the run game, and more

Man, it feels really good to handle our business, and we did so tonight. Really just with outstanding effort in all three phases. It needs to be a springboard for us as we move forward. It was significant tonight on a lot of fronts, obviously. Particularly because it was AFC North football, but we don’t have a lot of time to pat ourselves on the back. We’ve got another AFC North group coming in here in a short period of time. They’ve got a half a day or day or so on us. So, we respect that. We’ll rest up and look at some of the injuries. Cameron Heyward hurt his quad. He was able to go back into the game. James Conner hurt his left ankle. He was able to…

5 min.
cincinnati game coverage

• COIN TOSS: Bengals call tails. It’s heads. Steelers elect to defer. Cincinnati receives the opening kickoff. 8:21 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It will go down in the play-by-play as a defensive stop for the Steelers that was followed by a punt by the Bengals to give the ball to the Pittsburgh offense at its 12-yard line. But on the 3-yard screen pass to Joe Mixon that preceded the punt, Cam Heyward was injured and limped off the field. As the Steelers offense prepared to run its first play of the game, Heyward was being attended to on the sideline by head trainer John Norwig and then he headed into the locker room. 8:27 p.m. – What Went Right: It started poorly when Diontae Johnson caught a 3-yard pass and lost…

4 min.
running backs enjoy big role

Associate Editor Early the previous week, Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph talked about his excitement over the game plan. After earning the game ball following a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, he explained. “One more week of Randy (Fichtner) molding the game plan to me and what I like,” Rudolph said. “It’s a big switch when you have a guy who’s been here 16 years and likes what he likes and he kind of coaches one way, then you have a younger guy come in. He’s been unbelievably open to suggestions on my end, so we’re going to continue to work and continue to jell with this younger group.” So, that excitement didn’t have anything to do with the unveiling of wildcat quarterback Jaylen Samuels? “No,” Rudolph said with a smile. “I wasn’t excited about…

2 min.
inside the game

24 Margin of victory for the Steelers, their biggest against the Bengals since Dec. 4, 2011 when they won 35-7. 87.1 Steelers completion percentage, which set a franchise record. The previous mark was 85.7 set against the Miami Dolphins in 2007, also in a Monday night game. 175 Yards allowed by the Steelers, the fewest they’ve allowed to the Bengals since 1993 when they had 170. 8 Career games with at least two sacks for Cam Heyward, who had 2.5 against the Bengals. The Steelers are 8-0 in those games. 17 Consecutive home victories for the Steelers in Monday night games. 124.9 Passer rating for Mason Rudolph, the highest for a Steelers quarterback other than Ben Roethlisberger and with at least 15 pass attempts since the 2006 season opener when Charlie Batch posted a 126.5 against Miami. 3 Red zone stops for the…

6 min.
san francisco game coverage

COIN TOSS: Steelers call tails. It’s tails. Steelers defer. The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff. 4:30 p.m. – What Went Right: On the game’s opening possession, the Steelers came up with their first interception of the season when a screen pass to Matt Breida was bobbled and T.J. Watt snatched the ball out of the air. After a 7-yard return, the Steelers started at the 49ers 33-yard line. After a pass to James Conner gained nothing and one to JuJu Smith-Schuster lost 2 yards, a third-down pass to Smith-Schuster gained enough for Chris Boswell to come on and attempt a 46-yard field goal. Boswell’s kick was good, and the Steelers had a 3-0 lead with 11:47 left in the first quarter. 4:40 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense had…