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Steelers DigestSteelers Digest

Steelers Digest November 13, 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


5 min.
resilience leads to relevance

When the Steelers assembled at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport for a Saturday morning flight that would take them to LAX on Oct. 12, included in the baggage they were transporting were a 1-4 record and the reality that the people who had occupied the top two lines of their depth chart at quarterback when this regular season began would be unable to help them on the trip. The Steelers now are halfway through a season that has been filled with potholes and obstacles, some of their own doing and others seemingly a perverted gift from the football gods. They played that game against the Chargers without their top two quarterbacks, and at other times along the journey to where they are today, they’ve played without their starting cornerbacks, without their top…

8 min.
talking colts game, dupree’s development, boswell being boswell, reviewing rudolph

It is great to get a win vs. a winning team. That team had been in a bunch of close games and won a lot of them. It’s good when you can be in a game against a team that is used to winning in close games and pull it out, so we are thankful for that. We have some things to fix, obviously, red zone execution and so forth. But we will address it and address it with the win. It is good to be .500 at the turn like we talked about early in the week given where we have come from. It’s going to still be a while. We will work forever trying to get that September stench off us, but that is life in this thing,…

8 min.
indianapolis game coverage

1:07 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers managed two first downs — one on a pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and the second on a short pass to Jaylen Samuels that turned into a 17-yard gain. But then on a third-and-13, Mason Rudolph’s pass bounced off Smith-Schuster’s hands and was intercepted by Kenny Moore, who returned it 35 yards to the Steelers 35-yard line. 1:13 p.m. – What Went Right: The defense took the field and ultimately forced the Colts to settle for a red zone field goal, which Adam Vinatieri made from 25 yards out to give Indianapolis a 3-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter. After the Colts moved to a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line, Vince Williams tackled Jacoby Brissett for a 3-yard loss on a…

1 min.
inside the game

10 Career games with four field goals for Chris Boswell after he went 4-for-4 against the Colts. 15 Years since a Steelers player in his first or second NFL season had four interceptions and a forced fumble before Minkah Fitzpatrick reached those marks against the Colts. Troy Polamalu did it in 2004. 96 Minkah Fitzpatrick’s interception return for a touchdown was the secondlongest in Steelers regular season history behind only a 99-yard TD by Martin Kottler 86 years earlier (1933). 6 Consecutive seasons the Steelers have been at .500 or better at the halfway mark. 6 Combined quarterback hits for linebackers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, which was twice as many as the QB hits for the entire Colts team. 200 JuJu Smith-Schuster became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions.…

4 min.
close call finally goes the right way

Associate Editor As Cameron Heyward put it, “The football gods were with us today.” Steven Nelson was more specific: “That must be God answering my prayers.” The Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts, 26-24, and it wasn’t over until Nelson — who dove to the ground in an attempt to block the 43-yard field goal attempt by the great Adam Vinatieri — heard the roar of the crowd and knew his prayers had been answered, that Vinatieri had missed. The Steelers no doubt prayed in past games while attempting to hold on against the Seahawks, 49ers and Ravens — teams that either drove late to beat the Steelers with a score or ran off the clock to preserve a win — but they persevered. “We just had to keep battling,” said Heyward. This time it paid off.…

6 min.
miami game coverage

8:17 p.m. – What Went Right: After returning the opening kickoff to their own 23-yard line, the Dolphins offense went a quick three-and-out. After a 2-yard run by Mark Walton, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw incomplete twice and missed badly on both throws. After a 58-yard punt by Matt Haack, the Steelers started at their own 19-yard line. 8:24 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers offense didn’t even get to run three plays on their first possession. After a 1-yard run by James Conner, Mason Rudolph tried to get the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but the pass was intercepted by Xavien Howard to give the Dolphins possession at the Pittsburgh 26-yard line. Ryan Fitzpatrick got the Dolphins close with a 17-yard pass to Jakeem Grant, and then the touchdown came on the…