The Steelers Add Another Win to the Column; Stay Alive in Playoff Hunt

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin smiles during practice at the team’s facility on Pittsburgh’s South Side. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

(GSM) – The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 16-10 Sunday in a game that was surprisingly tight. Coach Mike Tomlin benched embattled quarterback Mason Rudolph in the second half after a tough showing on offense. He completed 50% of his passes going 8/16, 85 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception. Tomlin, said making the change to backup Devlin Hodges was a no-brainer, “I just felt like our offense needed a spark. Just felt like Mason wasn’t doing enough.” Tomlin said. “But I like the contributions of “Duck;” [Hodges]. I like his readiness. I appreciate the efforts of Mason and also appreciate the support of Mason after we made the change. That’s how we get down.”

Pittsburgh Steelers​ undrafted quarterback Devlin Hodges. (Brian Cook​ / Golden Sky Media Company)

Devlin Hodges, humbled with his approach says he just wants to win games for the team no matter who is in the game. “I didn’t think the third play I was in that I’d be throwing a 79-yard touchdown pass, but if I could go back and do it again, it would be pretty cool.”

The Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns for the first time since the melee that took place where several players got into a fight. The Browns will be without defensive end Myles Garrett who is suspended for the season after hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. Also, defensive Tackle Larry Ogunjobi will also miss action due to suspension. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, also forced to sit out due to his part in the altercation. Nonetheless, Sunday’s matchup is expected to be hard hitting and full of bad feelings as this AFC North rivalry continues to be one to watch.

Pittsburgh is currently the 6th seed in the hunt for the post-season with a record of 6-5 and are in second place in the AFC North behind the Baltimore Ravens.


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.
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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