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Steelers Digest September 30, 2016

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


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steelers finding ways to win

Cornerback Will Gay gets low to bring down Cincinnati running back Gio Bernard. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)Those looking for the 2016 Steelers to dominate with their passing attack are disappointed. Those looking for them to attack the opposing quarterback with a variety of pressures are disappointed. Those looking for tight coverage on opposing receivers instead of that blasted tackle-the-catch philosophy are disappointed.It’s two weeks into this regular season, and probably the only people the Steelers haven’t disappointed are the ones only interested in them getting off to a fast start. Because after a 24-16 victory over the defending AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers are starting a season 2-0 for the first time since 2010.Almost immediately after their 2015 season had ended with a loss in the playoffs to the…

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mike tomlin dissects the big victory against cincinnati with thoughts on slowing down a.j. green, the play of the tight ends, and more

Tight ends Xavier Grimble and Jesse James both made significant contributions in the victory against Cincinnati. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)Opening Statement: A necessary victory today, great AFC North play. Not the perfection, obviously, that we were looking for, but good enough. We weren’t perfect in either phase, or any phase, in all three phases. But we did enough in all three phases to secure a victory versus a very good football team. They’re the defending AFC North champs. A lot to be proud of from that perspective, but we have some corrections and things to improve upon as we move forward. We’re still at the very early stages of this journey that is the 2016 season, and we have to continually be a group on the rise. Hopefully, we’ll continue to…

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steelers 24, bengals 16

Tight end Jesse James’ 9-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter gave the Steelers a 17-6 lead. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)WHAT WENT RIGHT• Sammie Coates doesn’t have a lot of catches, but he has been making an impact with the ones he has. On a third-and-9 at the Pittsburgh 35-yard line with about five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Coates broke off his route as Ben Roethlisberger slid out of the pocket to his left and got behind cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Roethlisberger delivered a perfect rainbow for a 44-yard gain to the Cincinnati 21-yard line.• Production from the tight end position was expected to be less than normal for the Steelers, what with Heath Miller having retired and Ladarius Green on PUP. There was some hope that Xavier Grimble could…

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breaking down goal-line stand

Safety Rob Golden made a key play during the Steelers’ goal-line stand in the second half when he kept Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah from being able to come down with both feet in bounds. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)Associate EditorThe Pittsburgh Steelers defense has had a saying under Mike Tomlin:“Defend every blade of grass.”It’s easier when lining up behind Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel, but these new Steelers learned in the Steelers’ 24-16 win, that they, too, can defend every blade of grass after they held the Cincinnati Bengals to a field goal after a first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 1.It may have been the key series of the AFC North showdown at Heinz Field.The Steelers did it after a couple of questionable pass interference penalties for 29 yards put…

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by the numbers - vs. cincinnati

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)13 Active players with at least 10,000 total yards from scrimmage after DeAngelo Williams joined the group during the game against Cincinnati.3 Trips to the red zone for the Bengals, who failed to score a touchdown on any of them.88.9Percentage of the Steelers’ rushing attempts (32 of 36) that went to DeAngelo Williams.5Cincinnati possessions that began at their 10-yard line or closer to its goal line.54Andy Dalton’s pass attempts represented a career high.100Receiving yards for Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard, who became the first running back to finish with 100 receiving yards or more against the Steelers since 2010 when Fred Jackson did it for the Buffalo Bills.39 39 — Consecutive home games with at least one touchdown pass for Ben Roethlisberger, who tied Dan Marino for thirdlongest streak in…

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steelers 38, redskins 16

WHAT WENT RIGHT• Even though the Redskins managed two first downs on their opening possession — missed tackles by Ryan Shazier and then Lawrence Timmons being largely responsible — the Steelers defense dumps Matt Jones for a 4-yard loss (Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt) and then they get Jordan Reed on the ground 1 yard short of the sticks on thirdand-14 to force a punt.• The Redskins took a 3-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with 5:56 left in the first quarter, and one cause of them having to settle for a field goal was Ryan Shazier breaking up a pass for Jordan Reed in the end zone.• On a third-and-2, Eli Rogers gets away from Josh Norman and catches a pass from Ben Roethlisberger for…