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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest October 26, 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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Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
defense starting to deliver

CARSON, Calif. — This Steelers defense is the real deal, and it supported the case for itself by adding two more elements to its resume. Scoring touchdowns and closing out a victory with a stop against a top-caliber quarterback in the game’s final minute. The Steelers defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-17, at a quaint soccer field known as Dignity Health Sports Park, and they were2-4 going into their bye largely as a result of how their defense began the game and then finished it off. With Mason Rudolph having been concussed the previous Sunday at Heinz Field, the Steelers pretty much knew for certain that they would be starting their third different quarterback vs. the Chargers. And despite the excitement for the debut of the man they call “Duck,” Devlin Hodges…

7 min.
breaking down the victory vs. the chargers, qb devlin hodges, special teams, and more

It was a big win for us on the road, in a very fragile state. It’s good to go into the bye (week) on a good note and gather ourselves a little bit. We need it. We have a lot of injuries, and we had a few more tonight. I’m going to outline those. Stephon Tuitt has a pectoral injury, and he’s being evaluated. T.J. Watt has an oblique injury, and he’s being evaluated. James Conner has a quad injury, being evaluated. Joe Haden has a groin injury. I think that’s kind of the story tonight. Guys kind of stepped up and stepped up in a big way. We live by the creed, “The Standard is the Standard,” but those are just words. The players, the guys, make that reality. I…

6 min.
l.a. chargers game coverage

8:25 p.m. – What Went Right: After returning the kickoff to the 25-yard line, the Chargers gained 19 yards on their first offense play on a pass from Philip Rivers to tight end Hunter Henry. After that, though, it was a three-and-out, and following the punt the Steelers began their opening possession at their 21-yard line. 8:30 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Not an auspicious start for the Steelers offense. Devlin Hodges underthrew JuJu Smith Schuster down the left sideline on first down; James Conner lost 1 yard; and then a third-down pass to Vance McDonald gained 5 and brought on Jordan Berry. His punt traveled 59 yards and Desmond King made the fair catch at the Chargers 21-yard line. 8:35 p.m. – What Went Right: Two plays after Jordan Berry’s punt,…

1 min.
inside the game

26 Years since a Steelers player had a receiving TD, a rushing TD and at least 90 scrimmage yards in a first half before James Conner did it against the Chargers. Barry Foster had been the last to do it in 1993. 32 Years since a Steelers player had a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception in the same game before Devin Bush did it against the Chargers. Delton Hall did it against San Francisco on Sept. 13, 1987. 2 Receptions for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who had 14 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers in 2018. 15 Years since the Steelers had last won a game with a first-time starting QB. That happened in 2004 when Ben Roethlisberger started in a 13-3 victory against Miami. 62…

6 min.
‘duck’ keeps making his own luck

Associate Editor Devlin Hodges wore a shirt to the post-game podium that read, “I’m The Boss” on top of a cartoon duck. Hodges was both the boss and the Duck in the week of the upset of the Los Angeles Chargers. He earned his nickname in becoming a champion duck-caller while growing up in northern Alabama, but he was also the boss who completed 15 of 20 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ 24-17 road win. What could be unexpected about any of that? “Probably the fans,” Hodges said after the game. “Traveling this far, making it like a home environment. We never, never had to go on silent count. We did our cadence all the time. That was the most surprising thing today.” Such a naive young duck. Steelers fans always “travel…

8 min.
baltimore game coverage

1:06 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It started on the opening kickoff when Johnny Holton made a poor decision to bring the ball out of the end zone and compounded it by only getting the ball out to the 11-yard line. The Steelers then gained 2 yards on a pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and then lost 4 yards on a pass to Smith-Schuster. Then came a false start penalty on Maurkice Pouncey and an 11-yard pass to Vance McDonald that brought Jordan Berry onto the field for a punt. Following his 45-yard punt, the Ravens began at their 41-yard line. 1:14 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Ravens got into position for Justin Tucker to kick a 27-yard field goal that gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead with 7:21 left in…