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Steelers Digest November 30, 2017

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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total team effort in eighth win

Defensive backs Robert Golden (20) and Mike Hilton (31) both made significant contributions in the convincing Thursday night victory against Tennessee. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)There have been heroes before, because you don’t get to mid-November with a 7-2 record without individuals or units stepping up and delivering in significant moments. But along with that, there also always seemed to be someone, something, some phase of their game they had to overcome. Offense in the red zone, the defense against the run, special teams giving up too much ground in the war over field position. Whatever.But not on this night. Not against the Tennessee Titans, the AFC South Division-leading Tennessee Titans, or at least they were until they left Heinz Field on the painful side of a 40-17 spanking by a Steelers…

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talking about haden’s status, quarterback sneaks, and man vs. zone coverage

The Steelers are leaving open the possibility of cornerback Joe Haden returning at some point this season. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)Q. Can you provide an update on Joe Haden?We are still in a process of evaluating Joe’s leg injury. It could be less than it might be, or could be more than we think. The reality says he is not playing this week. We will leave him available to us in the short term until we get a better sense of what the prognosis is. Obviously if there is a chance for him to participate with our team this year, we’ll leave that light on. Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity to come back and be a positive contributor to our efforts in the ways that he has been.Q. Based on the…

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steelers 40, titans 17

Steelers 40, Titans 17 Steelers’record:8-2 One year ago: 5-5Wide receiver Antonio Brown’s second of three touchdowns gave the Steelers a 23-14 lead in the third quarter. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)WHAT WENT RIGHT• The temperature at kickoff was in the 30s, but Ben Roethlisberger came out red-hot. After the opening kickoff was downed for a touchback, the Steelers started at their own 25-yard line and needed just six plays and 2:35 of game time to take a 7- 0 lead. Roethlisberger was 4-for-5 for 71 yards on the drive, and Antonio Brown caught three of those for 60 yards, including the 41-yard touchdown.• Three plays later, the Steelers had the ball back, and they had it back in scoring position. On third-and-long, Marcus Mariota overthrew Rishard Matthews and Mike Hilton intercepted at…

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antonio brown

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)“When the lights go on, the stars come out.”That was a line from Mike Tomlin’s postgame press briefing following the Steelers’ 40-17 win over the Titans at Heinz Field, and if it wasn’t directed solely at Antonio Brown, he certainly was part of the group Tomlin was talking about.Brown caught 10 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns, and he also returned a punt for 16 yards that set up his third touchdown reception, a one-handed grab from 10 yards out over Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan. Brown is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week. ■…

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by the numbers - vs. tennessee

(Digest Photo/MIKE DRAZDZINSKI)75 Yards allowed on Marcus Mariota’s touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews in the third quarter, the longest pass play against the Steelers this season.23 The margin of victory was the Steelers’ biggest since their 43-14 Sunday night victory against Kansas City on Oct. 2, 2016.52 Rushing yards allowed by the Steelers, Tennessee’s lowest total since Dec. 27, 2015 when the Titans had 30 against Houston.13 Years since the Steelers had previously won eight or more of their first 10 games. The Steelers began the 2004 season with a 9-1 record on their way to a 15-1 finish.27 Consecutive games for the Steelers without allowing a touchdown on the opponent’s first possession, the longest active streak in the NFL.43 Career games with three or more touchdown passes for Ben…

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patched-up secondary steps up

Mike Hilton (31) and Coty Sensabaugh (24) came up with first-half interceptions on a night when the Steelers ended up with four picks for the first time in 20 years. (Digest Photos/KARL ROSER)Marcus Mariota probably looked at the Steelers’ injury list entering Thursday’s game and salivated a bit.However, the backups in the Steelers’ secondary propelled the coverage unit to its biggest interception total in exactly 20 years and one week.On Nov. 9, 1997, the Steelers intercepted Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks Vinny Testaverde and Eric Zeier four times.Carnell Lake had one of those four interceptions, and two decades later he was coaching a patchwork group that intercepted its way to a 40-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.“As the game wore on, you just felt the momentum,” said Mike Tomlin. “Oftentimes those splash…