Steelers’ Watt Celebrated by Teammates, Fans, Brother on Birthday

Steelers defensive end TJ Watt (90) during practice. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Steelers defensive end TJ Watt spent his 25th birthday at practice while his team and admirers took to social media sending well wishes. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt sent some brotherly love as well as his younger brother embarks on a quarter of a century.

Heading into the week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, Watt has 17 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 interception.


 

Steelers QB Rudolph Leaves Game With Concussion

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walks off the field with assistance by teammates after suffering a concussion in the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field. He was treated and released at a local Pittsburgh hospital. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – A scary moment came in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens where Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out following a vicious hit by Earl Thomas. The hit  left him unconscious for several minutes and an obvious stoppage of play. Rudolph was able to walk off of the field, woozy and discombobulated. 

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walks off the field with assistance by teammates after suffering a concussion in the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field. He was treated and released at a local Pittsburgh hospital. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Head Coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media confirming the aftermath was a concussion.  “I thought he represented himself well. He gave us a chance. You have to tip your hat to him.” Tomlin said. “You are talking about a guy that didn’t make our opening 53 and all those things, we know his story. You also have to acknowledge that he has done some good things at every step along the way through the team development process when given the opportunity and that is why he is in the position that he is in. That is probably why he made the positive showing in spots that he did today.”

Pittsburgh Steelers​ undrafted quarterback Devlin Hodges puts on his helmet moments before going into the game against the Ravens, following a vicious hit which left starter Mason Rudolph unconscious. He went 7-9 for 68 yards on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook​ / Golden Sky Media Company)

The Steelers lost the game 26-23 and travel to the West Coast to face the Chargers on Sunday.

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Steelers Beat Bengals, Improve to 1-3

Steelers Quarterback Mason Rudolph drops back to pass in a winning effort against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field. (Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers check the box in the win category!

The Cincinnati Bengals went into Heinz Field winless as were the Steelers prior to the Monday Night matchup. Both teams were 0 and 3 and in need of a victory, especially against opponents in the AFC North division. Pittsburgh, however was relentless against the Bengals sacking quarterback Andy Dalton 8 times in the game, setting a precedent early and not letting up. The final score was Pittsburgh 27 Cincinnati 3. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin after the game said, “In an effort for us to be at our best, it takes collaborative work in all three phases to produce an environment where your strengths get an opportunity to show. And it was able to show tonight.” Tomlin’s team rallied around 2nd year quarterback Mason Rudolph who was awarded the team ball.

Rudolph getting his first win as a starter didn’t disappoint in the statistical category. He completed 24 of 28 passes for 229 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. His quarterback rating was 124.6 which is the league’s 3rd highest for week 4, only behind Philip Rivers of the LA Chargers and Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota. Rudolph clearly excited about his first win as a pro but seemed to remain humble calling it a group effort. “It’s great. Unbelievable team win.” Rudolph said. “A lot of leadership in the locker room and guys that know how to win and guys who have won a lot of games in their careers. We stuck together all week even with the rough start. Our message all week was stack one and then start stacking more. That is the plan moving forward and we have a heck of a group of guys that are going to do that.”

Steelers Running Back James Conner carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)
Running back James Conner, who scored a touchdown in the game holds his teammates — especially the defense — in high regard saying, “I think our defense started it off. The defense created a turnover early and those big sacks on third down. Just playing off each other – the momentum.”

Rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson scored his second touchdown this season and received his first win as a professional player. He caught a 43-yard strike from Rudolph in the 3rd quarter.

Diontae Johnson scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)
The Steelers have back-to-back home games and are already preparing to face another AFC North rival in the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.

Steelers in Must Win Situation Against Bengals

Steelers Defensive End Cam Heyward (97) eyes his target against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 30, 2018 (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on Monday which is a must win to stay relevant in the AFC North.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said simply, “What we need to do is get a win.”

AFC NORTH STANDINGS

Cleveland Browns 2-2

Baltimore Ravens 2-2

Pittsburgh Steelers 0-3

Cincinnati Bengals 0-3

BREAKING: Pirates Fire Clint Hurdle

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have relieved manager Clint Hurdle after 9-years as the skipper. The Pirates announced on their twitter page, “Words cannot express how much respect and appreciation I have for Clint as a person and a leader.”

Hurdle’s overall record with the Pirates is 735-720-1.